Thursday, November 12, 2009

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I found a frame a few weeks ago at the local thrift store. It was dirty and brown and the glass front was missing. In other was perfect!! :). I spray painted it a fresh green. I took the frame to Lowe's, purchased a half sheet of pegboard for about $6.oo and asked them to cut it for me. I brought it home and inserted the board into the frames opening and it was that easy!
I've been using it my laundry room to organize things like paintbrushes, masking tape, etc. But in the back of my mind, I kept thinking...that would make a great Advent calendar! So here we go...

And another:

I made a quick trip (no, really) to Michael's where I purchased these tiny paper bags and some Christmas stickers. The bags come 25 to a pack for $1.99 - perfect!

Then I used the handy-dandy hole puncher to make a hole in the top of each little bag. I then adhered the stickers to the front of each bag.

I used these pegboard hooks from Lowe's. They come in assorted sizes, so I had to buy three packs (at $2.59/pack) so that I'd have enough of the same size hooks. I could've used assorted sizes, but I wanted this to be a little neater than that.

After placing the pegs in the board and sliding the bags onto the hooks, I tied a little red ribbon to each hook. If I had neat handwriting, I'd probably write a number on each bag, but I was scared I'd mess up my "neat" look, so I left them alone.

You can imagine the possibilities with this. You can use fun stickers, fun ribbon, fun colors. You could even spray paint your peg board to coordinate! If you make one cuter than this, let me know. I'd love to see it. Another idea I had but couldn't fin what I was looking for - I really wanted the tiny galvanized buckets to hang from the hooks instead of the bags, but I settled for bags when I couldn't find the buckets.
Have fun!!


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  2. that is so cute!! I love it! My kids have been bugging me for an advent calendar so I'm thinking this might just work~ I've got tons of frames around!! Thanks for the fabulous idea!


  3. cute Tiff! I want one! I've been wanting to make a necklace holder for Mae's closet- this idea has me inspired!Holley

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  7. Oh the it!

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  10. Love it--a very neat and organized way to do the Advent!

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  13. What a neat idea! This would make a great gift for someone I know. Thanks for posting this chicky!!
    ~Molly P

  14. your children are going to love this! my girls love the advent calendar each year -- so much that i even bought pottery barn kids thanksgiving thankful for countdown calendar.
    love the green around the frame! very cute!

  15. SO DARLING! I am actually working on a cookie sheet advent calender now. Love this idea, way to go!

  16. Love taking a dirty, brown frame and giving it new life! What a great idea :)

  17. o, I want to try this...thanks so much for the inspiration.

  18. This turned out so cute! I should have done this instead of the one I've been battling for a month...

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  21. What a perfect advent calendar!!! Perfect!!
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  22. Such a tasteful, non-tacky advent calendar - nice job! What did you put in the little bags?? :)

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  26. Oh man! I have those little bags too! I bought them to use for my sister's baby shower and they were too small for what I needed them for. Oooooohhhhhh, I just had a thought. lol Thanks so much for the idea! I will send you a link when I use them for the little project I just thought of! :)

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