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DIY Wood Advent Calendar

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
stain drying2 hrs
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Servings: 1 calendar
Author: Eden


  • You need a wooden triangle. Triangle sides are: 34-3/4"
  • The bottom of the triangle is: 28" It's 1-7/8" thick but you can make it as thick as you want.
  • 25 galvanized buckets 2" each I bought these ones
  • 1-1/4 " Grip Rite galvanized roofing nails 25 of them. I bought a small box of these.
  • Wood stain: I did a white wood stain first then did a light layer of white spray paint on top. You can stain it any color you want!
  • Number stickers to place on the buckets. I found some I liked at Michaels Arts and Crafts. Just look in the scrapbook section of your craft store. Just remember you need a lot of 1's11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16... so get enough for each bucket. I had to make a second trip ; )


  • Once you have your triangle board, stain it the color you want.
  • Arrange all of the buckets on the board before you start to nail. You'll have seven rows of buckets (two of the rows have 4 buckets)
  • Mark each spot with a pencil to remember the placement. Make sure you leave room for the buckets to hang. They hang a little bit lower when the board is vertical.
  • Hammer the nails in place.
  • Mist the buckets with a dash of white spray paint to look like a snowball hit it : )
  • Stick the numbers (1-25) on each bucket, then hang them on the nails and stuff them with special treats! Yay for the holidays!!