Christmas Advent Calendar from a Vintage Printer’s Tray

Christmas Advent Calendar from Printers Tray

I can’t imagine a better place to spend Christmas than at home, with my family.  This event is sure to be one of my favorites, as there are over one hundred amazing bloggers sharing just how they bring the holidays into their homes as well.  Hosted by and, two powerhouses in home decor, I hope you’ll be able to gain some inspiration for bringing the holidays into your home decor as well.

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This project is one that I’ve been scheming up for over a year.  Growing up, I loved advent calendars.  One of my favorites was a wooden Christmas tree that had small holes and ornament hooks.  Each day, we’d add one tiny wooden ornament to the tree.  I remembering always being jealous of my sisters when it wasn’t my day to put up the ornament, and always hoping they’d leave my favorite ornaments.

diy kids advent calendar

Don’t get me wrong, there is value in sharing, and my girls do share the advent calendar duties on a family calendar, but I wanted to create a calendar that each of them could pick out their own ornament each day.

christmas countdown diy

I love all things re-purposed, rescued, and reused, so this vintage printer’s tray (I found it at a garage sale for $5!) was the perfect frame for my advent calendar.

rustic vintage advent calendar

I used my Silhouette to cut out the rectangles with the numbers cut out of them with coordinating card stock designs.  If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could cut the rectangles out, and use stickers or just hand write the numbers on the cards.

diy christmas countdown calendar for kids

I found a lot of these little knick-knacks at the craft store – some in the Christmas section and others in the doll house area.

diy advent calendar with vintage printing block tray

My girls love picking out a new little toy to put in the frame every day.  The best part of this calendar?  At the end of the season, I’ll be able to take out the cards, pack them up, and use the printer’s tray somewhere else in my home!

DIY advent calendar for kids

advent calendar from a vintage printer's tray

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24 thoughts on “Christmas Advent Calendar from a Vintage Printer’s Tray

  1. SO creative!!! I can’t believe you got those trays for $5. That was the find of the century! And it’s so smart how you did that so you can use them elsewhere after the Christmas season. I’m sure these will be a special memory for your kids as they grow older!

  2. What a great idea for an advent calendar! I love them and have three around my house every year, one for me, my son and my husband. I may try this for next year as I already have the printers drawer. I got a deal on mine too…$4!

  3. I love this project! I have some vintage letterpress blocks that I made into a name plate, so I love the letterpress trays you used for your advent calendar. I have a Cricut that I still need to learn how to use, so many ideas and great projects I could tackle. I better get it off the shelf 🙂

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