Build your own Advent Calendar

Christmas decorations went up early at our house because I knew I’d be out of town the week I usually put up my stuff. This means I’ll have it all ready for when I’m entertaining guests at Thanksgiving. What? You mean you decorate for Thanksgiving at Thanksgiving? Ooops. Not that I don’t like the holiday, it’s just that I can only move so quickly and redecorate so many times that I have to pick and choose which holidays actually get put up. Maybe in time I’ll give every holiday it’s due, that’s when I’ll know I’ve made it to decorating heaven.
As the first part of my Christmas decor, I built a fun pallet frame that holds my favorite activity advent calendar.
Carissa Miss: Build your own Advent Calendar
You all know how much I love using my Ryobi power tools, so today I’ve teamed up with other talented Ryobi users to bring you 18 Easy Christmas Projects You can Build Yourself! 
Carissa Miss: 18 Easy Build Christmas Projects

Rustic scrap wood Christmas tree– Dukes and Duchesses
Snowflake String Art– DIY on the Cheap
Silhouette Stand Nativity– My Day Lights
Instagram stocking holders– Frenchie Wraps
Wooden sign– Poofy Cheeks
Repurposed Gift Carry All- Let’s Go Junking
Rustic Christmas Tree Decoration-Her Tool Belt
PB Inspired Wall Art– Create and Babble
Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats Ur Home Story
Advent calendar– Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates– Pink When
Joy wood slice sign– Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor– Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display– Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree– Roubinek Reality
Christmas countdown chalkboard- Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Caddy with Herb Infused Oils- 365 Days of Crafts
Wood gift tag– Being Spiffy

Here’s how you build the Advent Calendar:

Carissa Miss: Build your own Advent Calendar

1. Cut 6 2×6’s at 20″ and 2 2×6’s at 30″
2. Using your Ryobi AirStrike Finish Nail Gun to attach the boards as laid out in picture 3 from the back. I used 1 1/4″ nails. Here’s a video that explains attaching them in more detail.
4. Cut 2 1×2’s at 20″ and 2 1×2’s at 31.5″ and nail to the edge of the boards to create the frame. If you want to miter the corners like I did, you’ll want to give yourself 2″ extra on each side so you can have the smallest length of the board match up with the 20″ measurement. Let me know if you need more help with that.
5. Stain your board with Minwax Dark Walnut–my personal favorite–or whichever stain/paint you like.
6. Wait for it to dry and then measure and mark every 4″ at the top of your board for the nails. Pound the nails in with a hammer and hang your advent. Here’s a video that explains measuring out and hammering in more detail. *affiliate links*

Carissa Miss: Build your own Advent Calendar

The advent calendar I used is an activity calendar called The Perfect Advent. We love this advent because there is a Bible verse and an activity to go with every card. It’s a great way to make traditions and make sure you do things together during this busy time of year.

Carissa Miss: Build your own Advent Calendar

Some of our favorites are decorating Gingerbread Houses, learning about the meaning of the symbols of Christmas; the Christmas Tree, the Stocking, Candy Canes, etc, and making goodies and delivering them to neighbors.

Carissa Miss: Build your own Advent Calendar

The beauty of this advent frame is that it’s a blank canvas and you can do whatever you want!
Here’s a bunch of fun DIY advent ideas you can use with your new frame!

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