Making a DIY Christmas tree advent calendar has never been easier! This advent tutorial transforms a pallet wood Christmas tree into a beautiful piece of decor that will help the kids countdown to December 25th. So, grab your supplies and get crafting- the holiday season will be here before you know it!
- Darice Pallet Wood Christmas Tree
- Darice White Fabric Bags
- Green Craft Paint
- Wood Stain
- Darice Cup Hooks
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (I used a red mesh)
- Iron or Heat Press
- Cricut, Silhouette, or another craft cutting machine
Paint the entire tree with the green craft paint. Be sure to paint the front as well as the sides.
Stain the trunk with a brown stain. Brush on, allow to dry a few minutes, then wipe away any excess. Set aside and allow to dry.
While your tree is drying, you can make your fabric bags. You will need to cut the numbers 1 through 12 from your heat transfer vinyl using a craft cutting machine. You can use whatever font you wish for this step. Then you will need to weed away all of the excess vinyl.
Cut the numbers apart to apply them to your bags.
Lay each bag down with a number on top. Then apply heat using an iron or heat press. Be sure to follow all time and temperature recommendations that come with the heat transfer vinyl you are using.
Once applied, you can peel back the carrier sheet.
You now have one of your bags complete!
Repeat this same method for all 12 of your bags.
This mesh product looks like polka dots when applied and I felt it added a special detail to this project. You can use a plain color if you wish.
Once your tree is dry, lay out the hooks where you want them to go.
Then screw each one into the wood. You can drill pilot holes if that makes this process easier for you.
Hang the bags onto the hooks and your DIY Christmas tree advent calendar is complete.
The kids will love finding a treat in each day’s bag. What type of treats can you add? Candy or a small toy works great. You could even add a Christmas ornament to each day so they can decorate the tree as they go. I also like experience gifts so try adding something fun to do together to each pouch.
Whatever you choose to add, the kids are sure to love this easy-to-make advent calendar!
So, are you ready for Christmas? It will be here before you know so you might want to start projects like this one now!
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Angie blogs at The Country Chic Cottage where you can find creative crafts, vintage finds, home decor, and DIY all with a little farmhouse flair. Angie has been blogging for several years and is married with three kids. Stop by her blog where you will find everything from small, quick crafts to major furniture and home makeovers.