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Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

I love advent calendars! I think it’s because they remind me of when I was a kid and we lived in Germany….where they do Christmas up reeeeeel good!! We used to get those little paper calendars where you opened the tiny paper door each day and hidden behind was a fun little chocolate…..every.single.day. I don’t know about you, but there wasn’t any other time of year where we got our own little piece of chocolate every morning. It was magical!

So when I saw this little gem here on Shanty 2 Chic, I wanted to make one too!

You’ll need:

8 ft piece of 1″x3″ furring strip board ~ this is for the “branches”

8ft piece of 1″x4″ furring strip board ~ this is for the “trunk”

Carpet Tacks….or any other small/decorative nails

25  2″x3″ small muslin drawstring bags {I carry them in my Etsy Shop}

Number Stamps and ink

Paint~ Spray paint, white paint, and stain for the 1st layer

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

I started by cutting all the wood. I cut the “trunk” 36 inches long out of the 1″x4″ furring strip and the “branches” 24, 21, 18, 15, & 12 inches from the 1″x3″ furring strip wood. For the base I used some spare 2″x4″ wood and cut two pieces, each 6″ and used screws to attach to each side at the bottom.

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

I used finishing nails to attach the “branches” and then wood putty to hide the holes. I spaced them about 3 inches apart from each other…but if you use bags that are bigger, I would give them more space.

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

Don’t forget to sand it down! I wanted a rustic look, so I stained the wood first and then lightly painted white over that. Almost like dry~brushing. You dip your brush in the paint and then wipe off almost all the paint before painting the parts.

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

See how the stain peeks through?

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

I wanted to paint the base silver, so I wrapped a paper towel around the “trunk” and then sprayed a primer coat followed by a silver coat of paint…..over a box to protect the driveway, of course.

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

While all that dried, I counted out 25 little muslin drawstring bags {I carry these in my Etsy Shop} and stamped cute red numbers in the corner.

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

For the top, I took some burlap and accordion folded it and wrapped some red twine around the middle {for a touch of color}. Then, I hot~glued it to the top and it was perfect!

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

Then, hammer in your little carpet tacks, or whatever you find….and ta~da!

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

My kids said we needed to use bigger bags next time to hold bigger treats ;)

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

The topper is simple, but so cute!

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

I put the the #25 in the middle at the bottom…but probable should have used a big one for this day.

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

Love these little bags!

Make one of these cuties for your little ones this Christmas and watch their sweet eyes sparkle every morning when they get their tiny piece of candy.

Have fun!

Rustic Advent Tree with Stamped Treat Bags @NotSoIdleHands.com

You can get these teeny bags in my Etsy Shop.

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.

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