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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

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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!

homemade advent calendar

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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This Braided Pom Pom Rug tutorial uses inexpensive materials and is a simple project that even tweens and teens can make! This DIY rug is a great way to brighten up a small nook or cranny in your home. An easy braided rug project is a fantastic activity to work on while catching up on all of your favorite shows and results in a beautiful, colorful piece of home decor you’ll admire for years to come!

Pom Pom Rug


I’ve been fortunate when it comes to finding reasonably priced colorful rugs in all kinds of textures. Both my living room rug and my dining room rug still make my heart pitter-pat when I see them! Apparently, though, my luck ran out when I began looking for something for my sunroom in my price range. Not to be deterred, sometimes the best way to find what you want is to make it yourself. Such is the case with this DIY braided pom pom rug, or what my husband likes to call the “Dreamcatcher rug”!

This rug isn’t the first braided rope project I’ve done, and I’m sure it won’t be the last – there is nothing easier for making strong rope for textured projects. I love that you can take even the flimsiest material and make it durable just by braiding. Good thing – while inexpensive as a material, the yarn is pretty flimsy! The idea of weaving a rug was pretty daunting, especially since I didn’t want to take the time to sew the entire thing together – ain’t nobody got time for all that! 

Solution? Braiding, a weekend, some hot glue, yarn and hemp rope, and a bit of Netflix binging yielded a soft, durable rug in a kaleidoscope of colors and pattern just perfect for my decor! Let me tell you how I did it.


Gather your Supplies

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Determine the Pattern and Cut your Yarn

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Although this part is optional, I laid out a pattern with all of the colors I was using, including two rows of the black (neutral) and the hemp rope (strength and neutral) before braiding to follow. Then, I started cutting. For the yarn strands, I cut six of each color per braid. My rug measures 3.5′ in diameter, so, I estimated that the inner braids needed to be about 5′ long; the outer braids about 7′ long.  The hemp rope only needed 3-strands – it’s plenty sturdy enough on its own. I ended up using about 64 braids in total, so cut enough yarn/rope for that many strands! I know that seems like a lot, but as you wrap the braids, you’ll need more length to go around the outside.

Separate the Strand and Begin to Braid

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Begin braiding. Using a piece of painters tape to anchor the rope at the top helps to keep the braid stable and allows you to pull it taut, helping to ensure an even plait.

Add a New Color

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Braid the new color into the last beginning at least 3-4″ from the end. Do not be concerned about the loose ends – you’ll work them in when you roll the rug.

Braided Pom Pom Rug-braid lots of strands

Turn on your favorite binge and braid your little heart out. Then braid some more. It’ll be worth it, I promise!

Roll it Up

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When you finish braiding (whew!), start to curl the end of the braid to form the carpet, using as much glue as needed to get a very sturdy rug, .

Add pom pom trim

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If you’re using pom pom trim, glue the trim to the strand, pom poms facing up, then stick the strand into the rug.

Braided Pom Pom Rug-keep rolling-after pomp pom

Continue to glue and wind the rug, using as much glue as needed, tucking any loose ends with glue on the bottom side of the rug. Secure the end of the braid in the same way.

Sew for strength

Braided Pom Pom Rug-sew for stability

Use strong thread and a tapestry needle to stitch from the outer edge of the rug base through the center, tacking down each braid.

Cut and Glue on the Backing

Braided Pom Pom Rug-cut and glue backing

Cut the rug pad slightly smaller than the mat, then glue the rug to the pad. Use the needle and thread to sew the pad to the rug from the outer edge to the center. To make the rug even more durable and waterproof, spray the rug with Polycrylic Finish to seal the rug.


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Although this project is a little time consuming, the results are SO worth it.

braided rug

To me, it looks JUST like a kaleidoscope of color. I love the pattern and texture it brings to this dark spot at my front entrance. Although, I’m not entirely sure it won’t be moving to the sunroom to brighten that area up. Either way, it was well worth a few nights of Netflix!

If you are looking to add a bit of color to your area, don’t be daunted by the idea of making your own rug like I was. You’ve got this – and I’m just an email away if you need any help!

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How to Make a Gorgeous {but Easy} DIY Faux-Marble Vase

Love the look of marble but not the price tag? Read on to learn how you can create a simple DIY marble vase and get the look for less! 

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I recently completed a Living Room makeover for the $100 Room Challenge where I shared all kinds of DIY projects for under $100. Details on that project can be found here!

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Accent pieces can make or break a room, and this room needed something bold! I love the marble trend and thought the distinct look of black and white marbled design was the perfect contrast to the colorful, eclectically styled room. But, with real marble vases costing upwards of $60.00+ each – yikes! – And a budget of only a few dollars, an authentic marble vase was NOT happening. Luckily, I came up with an idea to get the look of real marble, without the expense of it – in about fifteen minutes flat!



How to Make a DIY Faux Marble Vase

Gather Supplies

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Measure and Cut Paper

Marble Vase - Measure

To begin, measure the height of the vase, and cut the contact paper to size. There is a handy grid on the back to act as a guide for this step.

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Begin by cutting out a length of contact paper to cover the surface of your vase. You should be able to wrap the entire piece of paper around the circumference of the vase with enough to overlap the bottom of the vase as well.

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Next, remove the backing from the contact paper and line up the edge of your vase to the edges of the sticky part of the paper, allowing a 1″ edge at the top and bottom of your vase.  Holding the paper firm, gently roll the vase to cover the entire cylinder. Keep the paper taut and smooth out any air bubbles with your fingertips as you go.

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To finish,  cut slits around the top, about 1/4″ apart, into the overhang to form flaps as pictured. Press the flaps flat, overlapping as needed. Repeat this process on the bottom overhang.

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If you’d like, add a strip of gold washi tape around the edges to add a bit of bling.

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Find a fabulous place to display your vase!

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I decided on three of different sizes in my room. Here they are all finished. Aren’t they fun?

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