Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Toolbox Advent Calendar Tutorial

So, I am all about reusing things for a different purpose. Holiday decor is no different. So, when I saw the idea of using a toolbox for an advent calendar on Studio 5, I knew I had to try my hand at making one.

(random thought….It was super simple and I put it together in one evening while watching Nashville. I so love this show! Anyone else love it too?)

Pin Ittoolbox advent calendar collage

First, you need to gather your supplies
advent calendar supplies

*A 22 drawer toolbox/nail holder from Home Depot. This cost me $16.
*The 6x6 paper pack by Basic Grey “Aspen Frost.”
*Christmas tags, numbers, twine and any other embellishments that you might want.

I recommend that you have your favorite beverage of choice when starting this project. Also, if you haven’t tried the Christmas Mint M&M’s-you must run to the store and get some. They are delish and perfect for munching when making things.

mint mms

Measure and cut out a pattern for the 2 sizes of drawers. Now, remember, the toolbox only has 22 drawers. Don’t stress. You can just make one of the larger drawers into 2 smaller drawers. Problem solved.

paper sizes for toolbox advent

I loved the aspen frost paper line because it features good old, regular red and green Christmas. I have an addiction to Washi Tape, so I pulled out my red and green and added them to the drawers themselves or to the tops of the drawers. I get asked all the time where I get my Washi Tape. My go to place for all things washi is Downtown Tape. You can’t beat their $1.99 price per roll. I used double stick tape to attach all the paper to the drawers. If the item was a little bit thicker, I used my glue gun.

When it came to the numbers, I needed to think outside the box. I was bound and determined to use things that I already had, so I came up with some fun solutions.

toolbox advent calendar number descriptions

Bingo Cards, Monopoly Money, Measuring Tape, Washi Tape with Numbers etc..

After I figured all of the numbers out, now it was time to embellishments. I added jute, ribbon, twine. Your imagination can really go crazy here.

toolbox advent calendar full

Once all of your drawers are done, now you get to fill them! My kids are a little bigger, but candy still speaks to them. So, I have some candy in some of the drawers along with some simple holiday activities. Drive around and see the Christmas lights, read a Christmas book, have today be a day of service for your sisters. Just simple ideas that don’t necessarily take a lot of time, but will still make memories.

I really loved how this calendar turned out. I love that it’s sturdy and will last throughout the years!

toolbox advent calendar with sassy style redesign pin

Plus, I think that this would be a darling gift for your sister or brothers family. You could also make these with your kids. If you do decide to tackle this with little people by your side, I highly recommend chocolate and a Diet Coke.

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  1. This is so ADORABLE... I am pinning and sharing on my FB page! I love you!

  2. One word to describe this...Awesomeness!

    1. Jen-
      Thank you so much! It was fun to do and not to hard to get to awesome! I recommend making one of your own.

  3. I love this! I hope you will link up tomorrow so that I can feature it next week! xoxo, Tauni

    1. Done and Done! I did notice that you have a seasonal crush on advent calendars. Thank you for liking mine too. I am happy to add to your addiction!

  4. That is so cute! Just one question -- if it has 22 drawers, what happens to the other 2 days?

  5. Great idea for an advent calendar!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    1. Thanks so much Jill! Really love your party!

  6. L-O-V-E this idea and the look of the toolbox. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Amberlee-
      Thank you for liking it! :) Don't you love another reason to go to Home Depot?

  7. This is a great project, and I like what you said about it lasting more than one season.

    1. Thank you! I am a sucker for a sturdy piece of decor that will hold up from year to year.

  8. Cute idea - visiting from The Southern Institute link party. Keep up the good work!

    1. Cathy-
      Thank you! Thank you for stopping by! Please come again

  9. Great job! Love how everything is so organized! Would also love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

    1. Done and done! Thanks so much for the invite!

  10. Tausha!

    I love this toolbox idea! I am totally filing this under #why didn't I think of that :) You are so much fun and I truly love your style!

    Have an awesome and totally blessed day!

  11. Great Idea! I have one or two of this in the cellar. I already have a calendar for this year but I think I'll do this for next year.

  12. Ooooh I love this!! I love how creative you got with your numbers too!

  13. Great advent calendar! If you get a chance, stop by the Tuesday To Do Party and link up!


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  14. this is such a great idea! i have an advent calendar board on pinterest...so i will be pinning directly! i too love nashville....boy that deacon is swoon-worthy...don't ya think ;).
    stopping by from t&j...have a happy weekend!

  15. Tausha! You are so stinkin creative-this idea rocks and I am totally stealing it for next year...if that's ok?! If you have a sec this weekend, I would love for you to share at Get Schooled Saturday! http://too-much-time.com/2012/11/get-schooled-saturday-50.html
    Kim @ Too Much Time On My Hands

  16. Oh my goodness! Now that is thinking outside of the box! I am in love with your toolbox advent! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I LOVE advents and this has got to be one the cutest that I have seen! So creative and it would be so much fun to fill up! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this tomorrow. Happy Holidays!
    Jenn :)

  18. Hi Tausha, I found you over at tatertots & jello. This is such a great idea! But I can't believe you put it together in a single evening! I think it would take me forever. But I'm slow like that. Love it love it love it.

  19. What a super creative idea!! Love it! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday link party and show off your awesome ideas and blog! http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/12/get-social-sunday.html

  20. I LOVE this idea!!! I want to make one for my daughter! You should share it at our Christmas Pinning Party! http://askannamoseley.com/2012/11/deck-the-halls-pinning-party/


  21. Looooooove, Tausha! Featured it today! Muah! xo

  22. Um hello fabulous! This is the greatest idea ever!

  23. Love this idea! Just pinned it! :) Thanks for linking up!

  24. What a fantastic idea! I have got to make one of these!

  25. I love this idea. I am now going to make my 2 sisters one each as they both have little girls. Thank you!! I wanted to do something unique and this is it.

  26. Omgosh I love this! Cannot wait to have children to make this for :)

    I made a more "adult" version for my husband over at http://www.smileyculture.com/diy-advent-calendar/ would love to know what you think.

    Sarah x


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