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Farmhouse Advent Calendar to Countdown until Christmas

This farmhouse advent calendar fits right in with the rustic style and it is simple to create! You’re going to love this easy Christmas wooden advent calendar idea to countdown for Christmas.

This farmhouse advent calendar tutorial is brought to you by Walnut Hollow and contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

Today it’s all about Holiday Decor…and decor is kind of my thing! I’ve been thinking about my Christmas DIYs for months and I’m really excited that it’s finally socially acceptable to least start talking about Christmas (at least in the blog world…where we always need to be one step ahead of you in real life).

Today’s farmhouse advent calendar is simple and easy to create, but turns out awesome and will add so much rustic charm to your Christmas decor! 

How to make a farmhouse advent calendar – step by step tutorial

Turn this Walnut Hollow unfinished wood tray and small birch wood rounds into a super cute rustic Christmas advent calendar!

Supplies Needed for Farmhouse Advent Calendar:

Small wood rounds arranged in tree shape on walnut hollow tray

Step 1. Arrange birch rounds in tree shape on wooden tray.

Start by unpacking the birch rounds from the value bags and arranging 25 of them in a general tree shape on the tray.

Man using drill press to drill holes in small wood rounds for the rustic advent calendar tags

Step 2. Drill holes in birch rounds.

Next, use a drill press or a drill to drill 1/8” holes in the top center of the birch rounds. These holes will allow the nails to go through so the rounds can hang on the tray.

A drill press makes this job really easy, but you could use a normal drill and small drill bit if needed.

Stained wooden tray for background on Christmas rustic advent calendar

Step 3. Stain wooden tray.

Stain tray with a dark wood stain. This is to create a dark base underneath the painted surface, which makes it really easy to create the farmhouse distressed look.

Hand holding a foam brush painting wood tray white over the stained surface
White wash painted wood tray over stained surface to create farmhouse advent calendar for Christmas countdown

Step 4. Paint tray with white chalk paint.

I used a foam brush to apply one coat of white chalk paint. I did paint it on roughly so that it was thinner in some areas and let the darker wood peek through a bit. This helped so I didn’t have to as much distressing to get that rustic look for my farmhouse advent calendar.

Woman hand distressing the farmhouse style wood tray

Step 5. Distress tray.

Distress the wooden tray with sandpaper to your liking. Since I did such a light coat of paint, I really didn’t have to do much sanding. I just focused mostly on the edges of the tray.

Small wood rounds nailed to a painted wood tray in the shape of a Christmas tree

Step 6. Hammer nails for birch rounds.

Arrange your birch rounds in the tree shape again and start nailing. Try to keep the nails as straight as possible and put them in the same depth in the wood tray.

Use permanent marker to write numbers on wood rounds for the Christmas countdown

Step 7. Number birch rounds 1 through 25 for the Christmas countdown.

Number your rounds with a permanent marker (or you could use a paint pen too!) from 1 to 25.

Step 8. Seal rustic Christmas advent calendar.

Remove the birch rounds from the tray and spray the tray with sealant. Then add the rounds back and spray it again. This should seal everything so that it lasts for years to come.

Farmhouse style painted wood tray with wood rounds in Christmas tree shape

I love how this farmhouse advent calendar turned out. I’m glad that I decided to stick with my gut and go with neutral tones. Now even if I change up my Christmas decor in the future, this DIY advent calendar will always fit right in.

Walnut hollow birch wood rounds nailed to the farmhouse painted wood tray for the Christmas advent countdown calendar

The way you use the farmhouse-style advent calendar is really up to you. We’re going to start from the bottom of the tree and turn the wood rounds over so the numbers are revealed every day as we count down and get closer to Christmas. So…this is what will look like with 8 days to go ’til Christmas.

Walnut hollow birch wood rounds with numbers and others turned on the other side nailed to the farmhouse painted wood tray for the Christmas advent countdown calendar

Alternatively, you could also start at the top of the tree and flip the days over starting with 1 on the 1st of December.

This calendar looks great up on a shelf or you could even hang it on the wall! Whatever little way your heart desires, you’ll be loving this farmhouse advent calendar all season long!

Walnut hollow birch wood rounds nailed to the farmhouse painted wood tray for the Christmas advent countdown calendar with text overlay that says Farmhouse Style Christmas advent calendar
How to Make Farmhouse Advent Calendar

How to Make Farmhouse Advent Calendar

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $35

This farmhouse Christmas advent calendar fits right in with the rustic style and it is simple to create! You’re going to love this easy Christmas advent countdown calendar idea.

Tools

  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Drill or Drill Press

Instructions

  1. Arrange birch rounds in tree shape on wooden tray.
  2. Drill holes in birch rounds.
  3. Stain wooden tray.
  4. Paint tray with white chalk paint.
  5. Hammer nails for birch rounds in a tree shape.
  6. Number birch rounds with Sharpie marker 1-25.
  7. Seal farmhouse Christmas advent calendar.

17 thoughts on “Farmhouse Advent Calendar to Countdown until Christmas

  1. This is so beautiful! I love it. I really want to make one of these for my home now because I’m always on the lookout for cute advent calendar ideas. Ahhh I’m getting so excited for the holidays.

    Thanks for sharing this DIY

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

  2. This is brilliant! I love it that you can turn them around to count down the days. It would be fun to color the backs of the wood slices like a tree and with little “ornaments” to see the tree come to life as you get closer and closer to Christmas Day. Love it! Merry Christmas 🙂

  3. This is fabulous!! I’ve been searching for a DIY advent calendar idea and I think yours is perfect!! Definitely going to try something similar. It looks so good!

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