DIY Hardware Store Advent Calendar

Great minds must think alike.

Last week Lindsay posted this fabulous DIY Advent Calendar.  I’m drooling over the Silhouette accents…(man I need to get me one of those).

Without having seen hers first I was busily putting together my own version playing off a project I did three years ago. Back then I used an old frame and some peg boards and hooks from the hardware store to make…

…a hanging place for my jewelry.

Wanting to do something similar I made my way to Home Depot.

They have a whole display where they sell boards, pre-painted chalkboards, dry erase boards, peg boards, etc. sized at 2 x 4 all under $10.00. Makes it SO easy to transport home and work with for smaller projects. They will even cut it down to the size you need for free…love that!

I sprayed my frame with gold spray paint…

Then secured it to the frame using some picture hanging type hooks.

For the “calendar part” I used colored paper, smaller hardware paper bags, and office clips (Office Max).

I found this cool stamp at an antique store but you could print the date on paper with your computer or just hand write the date on your paper.

Then I clipped and hooked the bags on the board.

I love that this project isn’t holiday specific.

When Christmas is over I could use it to organize whatever else I need to.

Let the count down begin!  My boys are SOOO excited to see what’s in each bag!



To see more of Michelle’s projects, visit her blog at 4men1lady.

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DIY Starburst Mirror Christmas Card Holder

Michelle here from 4men1lady. I’m excited to bring you my first contributing post to Lindsay’s blog!

If you’ve been to my blog you may remember this Sunburst Mirror I embellished over three years ago.

I found the mirror at Home Goods and when I brought it home the scale was much too small.

Photo by: Michelle Rasmussen, Wondertime Photography

I used my glue gun to attach some bamboo BBQ skewers from the grocery store, then gave it a spray and my scale issue was solved.

Photo by: Michelle Rasmussen, Wondertime Photography

A little over a year ago we moved.  When me made from point A to point B we opened our the box and out fell a hundred little broken BBQ skewers.  No biggie…that mirror was so 2009 anyway.

We recently installed new blinds from Home Depot in to our new home.  They make the blinds really long so that they can fit most any window length.

We were just going to throw the unused slats away but then I had an idea…can you see where I’m going with this?

I cut them down in to 2 different lengths…

…then began gluing.

Rear view:

Then, a new coat of primer and spray paint.

Here’s Vanna posing near the mirror for us so you can get an idea of the scale.

Not to mention, babies make any picture cuter, right?

The real reason I used the slats was because they were flat and perfect for clipping all the Christmas cards to we get during the holidays.

Found the silver clips at Office Max (I knew you’d ask!).

Pretty to look at and functional…I love it when that happens!  What do you think about my mirror’s new role?

To see more of Michelle’s projects, visit her blog at 4men1lady.

Filed Under: Create Your Decor