This is last minute, but this project is easy enough to do in just one day!
I found this Stocking Tree Advent Calendar at Pottery Barn. I loved the look of it, but I did not like the $199 price tag. I knew I could make my own version for much cheaper.
Here is the version that I made. I made this for under $20. Depending upon what you use, you could possibly make it cheaper!
Here are the steps to take to make one.
Step 1: Cut Your Boards.
2 - 1” x 2” at 2 ½” one end cut at 45 degree angle.
2 - 1” x 2” at 5 ½” one end cut at 45 degree angle.
2 - 1” x 2” at 8 ½” one end cut at 45 degree angle.
2 - 1” x 2” at 11 ½” one end cut at 45 degree angle.
2 - 1” x 2” at 13 ¾” one end cut at 45 degree angle.
1 – 1” x 3” at 38 ½”
I found a 3 pack of these 6” wood stars on clearance for $2. But if you are making your own star, draw a star on your plywood and cut it out using a jig saw or scroll saw.
Step 2. Using a Kreg jig set at the 3/4" setting, drill pocket holes in the non-mitered end of the 1” x 2” pieces.
Step 3. Using the pocket hole screws and glue, attach the 1” x 2” pieces to the 1” x 3”. The longest pieces flush to the bottom of the 1" x 3" and gradually moving up to the smaller pieces. I attached all one side and then all the other. I left a 5 ½” space between each.
Step 4: Sand all surfaces.
Step 5: Paint the tree and star.
I decided to also write the last name of the family that I was making this for on the star.
Step 6: Using the wood glue, glue the star to the top and attach the clips. If you are using hooks, you probably will need to screw in those.
I decided to use the small craft clothespins. I put some washi tape on the clothespins to make them look a little cuter.
Step 7: Attach hooks to the back so you can hang it. I used D hooks. I had originally planned on using only one D hook. These particular hooks can hold up to 20 pounds. That really should be sufficient, but just in case the gifts in the bags happen to be heavy, I decided to use two of the D hooks.
Step 8: Hang your bags or stockings. I found these little bags. I took a fabric marker and wrote the numbers on each bag.
Step 9: Hang your Advent Calendar on the wall and enjoy your holiday countdown!