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How to Make a Homemade Advent Calendar – My Dollar Store DIY

This refillable homemade advent calendar is made from dollar store items and is an adorable accent for counting down to Christmas. Fill this homemade advent calendar with your favorite treats, small presents, or activities for a memorable and personal Christmas season!

Dollar Store Homemade Advent Calendar


What?! It’s not even Halloween yet, and I JUST posted a Halloween tablescape a few days ago! Have I lost my mind!? No – I have not. Well, maybe a little. But that’s not new or news! What IS going on is that I, along with a few of my friends, am hoping to help you lovelies get a jump start on the season! I’m super excited to be joining the My Dollar Store DIY girls with some super easy holiday ideas that won’t break the bank and are doABLE! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see all the other holiday ideas as well!

Christmas is in 62 Days

Today, I am sharing a beautiful homemade advent calendar made from simple Dollar Store items that can be reused every year. Metal favor buckets (from the wedding aisle) are the perfect way to create a customized Christmas countdown calendar. This homemade advent calendar is made with 25 little buckets for you to fill up for each day in December. There are so many different you can use to fill an advent calendar – this one uses small treats – but you could just as easily fill the buckets with activity ideas or small toys.

Treats for the Kids and One for You!


I got so far ahead of myself that I even wrapped up a few little presents in my favorite wrapping paper – I hope I can find it again this year! I also printed off a sheet of fun gift tags from last year. Want to download them, too?  Get these adorable Christmas Gift Tags for free –  click HERE to get them! Now on to the how-to!

How to Make a Homemade Advent Calendar

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You’ll need:

  • 12″x 24″ rug or piece of foam board
  • white paint
  • 25- metal buckets (9 packages from the dollar tree) with tags and ribbon
  • decorative pattern file folder or cardstock
  • Scissors or 2″ paper punch
  • bakers twine
  • Number stickers – I used something similar to this
  • small hooks with adhesive backing
  • ribbon
  • 2-small eye screws
  • 2 – 12″x 1″ pieces of wood
  • 2 – 24″x 1″ pieces of wood

Prepare the Board

easy advent calendar idea

Paint the board or posterboard white. Let dry.


Make the Tags

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Cut out 25 cardstock circles and punch a hole in the top of each card.

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Apply the number stickers 1 through 25 to the unprinted side of the tags included with the buckets. Then, stack the numbered circle over the cardstock and thread together with a piece of baker’s twine.

Add the Buckets

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Remove the handles from all 25 buckets.

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Thread the number tags through one side of the bucket tabs used to hold the handles. Fold the flap over to prevent the tag string from coming off, then, add a loop of baker’s twine to the other tab to be used for hanging.


Position and stick the hooks evenly onto the board. I used a 5-4-5-4-7 pattern, but use what looks best to you.

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Add trim pieces around the rug to create a frame using glue then screw eye screws into the top and thread ribbon through for hanging.

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I added some snowflakes to each of my buckets, giving my homemade advent calendar the final touch I was looking for.

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Once completed, hang the buckets on the hooks and fill with your favorite treats, toys or activities!

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Now I’m just sitting here waiting for December 1st to roll around so I can start using it! How about you – are you thinking about Christmas yet?


Don’t forget to stop by and take a peek at these other lovely Christmas Decor ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

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Eclectic Christmas Fireplace Mantle Ideas

A handful of Christmas Fireplace Mantle decorating ideas incorporating pinks and reds and lots of nostalgic touches! 

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Hi! I’m popping in today to share some more Christmas decorating tips with you! This time we’re talking about your Christmas Fireplace Mantle! Some friends and I are sharing all of our favorite ideas – be sure to scroll down to visit all of the mantles in this hop!

Oh, and before I forget – Thank you for all of the love on my Vintage Modern Christmas tablescape! I’m so glad so many of you liked it. Christmas tablescapes are always so much fun to put together! I hope you were able to find all kinds of inspiration for your table this season!

 Eclectic Christmas Fireplace Mantle Ideas

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I struggle a little bit with decorating our fireplace because of where it sits in my living room. It lies between two windows, but it’s not centered between them, making me a little bit crazy and providing a bit of an awkward view. On top of that, like many of you, my television is above my fireplace mantle, which is a whole lot less pretty than a giant mirror or beautiful art. It’s a challenge for sure!


For this year’s mantle, I reused many of my old favorites from last year and just rearranged them in new ways.


Christmas Fireplace-Stockings

I purchased my stockings at Target and added the personal stocking tags last year. I’m so glad to have finally found socks that will have some staying power and adore the whimsy and color of the stocking tags.

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The pinecone petal trees moved from my dining table last year to the Christmas Fireplace mantle this year! I love how they look placed over the fireplace.

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The crystal trees are vintage – if anyone of you had an Avon lady in your family back in the 70s and the 80s you’ve probably seen these before!

Christmas Fireplace-Crystal trees

They used to have three little lights inside that twinkled off the Crystal facets. The lights on these lamps haven’t worked for quite some time, but I love them just the same. They remind me of Christmas growing up. There are always warm fuzzies when I put them out each year!


I did add a few new items this year. The pink candle holders have a slight mercury glass finish and came from the target Dollar-spot. I love how the pink complements the colorful stocking tags.

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On the left and I added a pruned rosemary tree – it smells heavenly mixed with the evergreen of the Christmas tree.

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On the other side, stands our Christmas tree. I think it quite possibly is the most beautiful tree we’ve ever had and I love how the Christmas tree lights dance and twinkle on the glass and crystal.

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I topped the few gifts I’ve wrapped with these adorable gift tags,  available for free download to those that subscribe to my newsletter! No spamming! I promise! You’ll also gain access to the members-only Goodies area, packed full of all sorts of fun printables!

Christmas Gift Tag Graphic

A mirror is leaned to balance out the windows, and a small crate holds family photos. One of my most prized possessions sits atop of the box; A folk-style Santa, complete with pipe, made for me by my mother the year before she passed away. It’s still as lovely today as the day she made it for me and brings back so many happy Christmas memories.

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I can’t fix the window situation or move the TV – at least without a family mutiny. But I can enjoy the magic of Christmas, complete with old and new treasures and lots of twinkly, glittery lights.

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Thanks for sharing that magic with me!

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How to Make a Colorful PomPom Hoop Wreath

This DIY hoop wreath features greenery and sparkly jewel-toned pompoms to brighten your home for the holidays and the throughout the year!

hoop wreath

It’s the most wonderful decorating time of the year! I’ve gone a slightly different direction in my holiday home decor this year, with lots of pink and teal and of course, glitz and glam. I added a few new things last year, like new stockings and a few holiday accents, but most of my decorations have been traditional reds and greens up to now, and buying all new isn’t an option for many reasons, so I’m re-working much of what I have to fit the new color scheme. I’m also making a few new things such as this adorable pompom hoop wreath! It was super simple to make. Let me show you how!

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How to Make a Colorful PomPom Hoop Wreath


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You will need:

Here’s what you will do:

Make the Pompoms:

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  1. Make six extra-large and four large pom-poms using your pom-pom makers for a 14″ wreath. If using a different size hoop, be sure to make enough to cover at least half the embroidery hoop. Use various color combinations to add variety.
  2. Shape the pom-poms with scissors and trim tails.

Assemble the Wreath:

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  1. Cut an 18″ piece of the garland with the wire cutters.
  2. Attach the greenery with the floral wire to the bottom half of the embroidery hoop.
  3. P0ke a length of floral wire through the pom-poms and attach the pom-poms to the hoop. Arrange until the hoop is covered and greenery peeks out.
  4. Turn the hoop so that the greenery and pompoms sit on a diagonal. Add ribbon to hang and a ribbon tail in the center of the pompoms.

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I hung my wreath from our chalkboard door and added a holiday greeting behind. I love the idea though that the wreath can be used all year round! One decoration down – 400 to make-over! How about you? What have you used in your holiday decor this year?


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