Farmhouse Style Advent Calendar & Card Holder

This trellis has been in my store room, mocking me, for almost 5 years! I just could not decide what to do with it! Then. With Christmas coming up, I got this idea of turning it into an advent calendar and card holder!


This ugly, old trellis was painted in a rustic farmhouse style, or some would call it Pottery Barn style.


But only lightly painted, with the dry brushing method: add a little paint on the brush, then brush it a few times onto newspaper to get most of the paint off. Lightly brush long strokes across the wood:

I did the same with the circle wood pieces and added numbers to it:


Then, I added it to pegs that I covered with Washi tape first:

The idea is to change the advent “packaging” each year to give the trellis a new look. Last year we had Pretty Paper Bags as an advent calendar. It could work on this trellis too. But for this year, I decided on organza bags and round advent cards: 


Here is our program for December, unfortunately it is in Afrikaans, but here is a printable alternative, if you want some ideas!

 I will have to take some of our bags with us while we are away for the holidays, but these bags are small enough to easily add it to our luggage. This, together with the Kid-made advent bags the kids made will. E a fun countdown to Christmas!

A pretty, rustic farmhouse style advent calendar and there is space for Christmas cards too! Now the trellis can stop bugging me!
What do you think? Pretty right?
See all these fab Advent Calendars:

DIY Snowmen Advent Calendar from Rainy Day Mum
Story Book Advent Calendar from Adventures of Adam

Advent for Siblings from Crafty Kids at Home
Countdown to Christmas with Number & Math from 3 Dinosaurs
Vintage Inspired Christmas Countdown from The Gingerbread House
Christ Centered Advent for Preschoolers from Tales of Beauty for Ashes
Free Printable Advent Calendar from The Creative Pair
Winter Snowflakes Advent Calendar from My Bright Firely
Advent Acts of Kindness Free Printables from Mum in the Madhouse
Printable Family Activities Advent Calendar from Creative Family Fun
Easy Countdown Card from Peakle Pie
Elf Advent Houses from Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
Christmas Cookies Advent Calendar from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Christmas Carol Advent Printable from Mama Smiles

Christmas Jokes Countdown by Little Bins for Little Hands

Christmas Kwanzaa Calendar by Tiny tots Adventure 

Christmas Words Wreath  by Witty Hoots



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