Thursday, December 1, 2011

DIY Advent Ladder

Ever since the Christmas projects came into bloggy land this year I have been obsessed with all of the GORGEOUS advent calenders out there.  And I have been determined that I would make one this year  
no matter what!!

So here I am on the very LAST day I can post this project, posting away!
{If you know me at all, you know that I am quite a procrastinator and a perfectionist with projects!!
I never can seem to get everything good enough to post.} 

In the past two weeks, I've had about ten ideas for how I wanted to make my advent calender, and even started two or three of them.  But it seems like I kept being out of one or two items needed for the projects, so I never quite finished any of them.

Last week I was browsing through one of my favorite blogs and found this post and I was totally sold.

I dropped all former advent projects and decided to take this one on.  Since I had an old ladder I had been waiting to use for some time now, I couldn't help but fall in love with Lemonade Makin' Mama's darling ladder calender!

So here's MY version and I just LOVE how it turned out.  Can't wait to share it with you!

I took an old ladder and tied some cute little favor buckets to it...and put stickers on for the numbers.
Then I added some flair with burlap bows and some cranberries.
Now I am trying to decide whether I should add tissue paper to hide the little gifts inside!!  I think I will!  The last five buckets have to sit at the bottom of the ladder since there are no rungs for them to hang on.  I kind of like how they look though too.

Each bucket has either a small gift or a piece of paper in it (or all of them will eventually!) with a fun Christmas activity for us to do written on it.  













I just LOVE it!!  And I think the burlap and cranberries really helped
to finish it off.  It was super easy too, and not really that expensive either.

Don't ya love it?  I hope you are having fun with your advent calenders too!
Happy December and countdown to Christmas!


34 comments:

Cassie said...

Oh my gosh!! That is so adorable! i LOVE the colors!

Linsey said...

Love this, came out so awesome!!

Trish @ Uncommon said...

Sara~ I LOVE every little teeny tiny thing about this! It is so stinkin' cute!

We would LOVE to have you link up to our Home for the Holidays party!

www.uncommondesignsonline.com

Craftberry Bush said...

my favourite colours...I made one very similar but not on a ladder...:) so sweet ! xo

Misty said...

Super super super cute!

Bec@littlelucylu said...

OK ... I swear I about fell off my chair when I saw this. I have the ladder AND the buckets in my mom cave ... because I was (NO JOKE) going to make something JUST like this ....
Then I had a last minute change of plans and went with the old window and chicken wire instead! TOO FUNNY! It's no wonder we are Bloggy BFFs!
Awesome, Sara! And of course, in your "signature" colors! :-) Love it.
And you!
~Bec

Jennifer said...

Fantastic!! You did so awesome!! Did you link this to Show & Share? Would love for you too!
http://vintagegwen.blogspot.com/2011/11/show-share-16-features.html

And to here too!
http://vintagegwen.blogspot.com/2011/11/special-christmas-soiree-project-2.html

Pinned this of course!! :)

Natasha @ Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive, 365 said...

I think you found the perfect advent calender too! That was worth the waiting and procrastinating or sure! And yes, perfect colours!

I am hosting an Advent calendar link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I sure do hope you can pop by and link up this wonderful post!

Best Christmas wishes,
Natasha.

Desire Empire said...

This is completely cool. A great idea.

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

This is freakin awesome:) I am hosting my first ever blog hop this weekend and I would LOVE if you stopped by to link some stuff up!

Kim @ Too Much Time

http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/search/label/get%20schooled%20saturday

elizabeth said...

LOVE IT!!!

Kelly said...

Wow, I love it! The color scheme is my favorite, and I love the concept! I tried to link up, but I was too late, I guess!

Holiday Sparkle - Cyndi LaChance said...

SO FUN!!!!

Trisha Baker said...

Sara, I lOVE it! It is so cute and creative. Thanks so much for posting on my link party. I just opened a new one today so feel free to post some more...as many as you want! I just added myself to your following list! I love your blog.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Dear Sarah, thank you so much for your lovely and sweet visit and thank you for the Turquoise party invite, I just missed it, such fun!I love your post, the turquoise buckets are so adorable and a great post! Lots of hugs, I hope next time. FABBY

Vicky said...

Gorgeous! Love what you did. Who knew an old ladder could look so good. I have stumbled this post. I am a new Twitter and FB follower visiting from Homemaker in Heels. Vicky from Mess For Less

Mrs Aussie said...

I Loved your project so much I have added it to my blog : )

http://ourlittlenestonthelake.blogspot.com/

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

That is really adorable, Sara! LOVE the colors.

Patrice said...

Love it!

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Visiting from Sundae scoop. What a great advent idea! I love the colors too. Super cute!!

If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my Friday party going on now :)

special 'k' said...

That is so special. Great job, you are very clever. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

scrapmebaby said...

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
Theh old ladder is fabulous, I would love to get my hands on one:) And the color combo is one of my faves. I like the buckets pooled around on the floor at the bottom,

nicole @ scrapmebaby.wordpress.com

Erika said...

This ladder is a great take and with the different colors it really is an attention grabber.

Erika
It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising

odetoinspiration said...

Wow! That is awesome! Love the colors you worked with. Great job!

Jennifer said...

By the way, featuring this tomorrow in this week's Show & Share!

Jenny said...

I made a Garnet Hill knock off advent calender with buckets a couple of years ago, stringing them on a ribbon and hanging it on the mantle, but it weighs a TON!! I love the idea of hanging them on a ladder and I love the colors you used!

Have you linked up with Creative Me Monday? It's open all week long and I'd love to have you join us! You can link up as many projects as you'd like! The link is:

http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/12/creative-me-monday.html?utm_source=BP_recent

Hope to see you there!

Marilyn said...

This is so unique and beyond cute!! I love it!! Would love for you to please share it via my Pin'Inspirational Thursday linky party please...LOVE it :)) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/pininspirational-thursday-11-linky.html?m=1 thanks so much :)) Wishing you a happy Thursday..~Marilyn

MC said...

Too cute! I love the distressed look of the ladder.

Lindsi B said...

Quite honestly the most beautiful advent calendar I have seen to date! Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-3.html

adventuresindinner said...

Adorable! I used little gold buckets this year but hadn't thought of a ladder, so sweet.

So glad that you decided to join our Pin'Inspiration party. Your creativity is appreciated.

Happy follower, would love if you popped by and grabbed a button.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Sara this is darling!! I love the look of the ladder and the blue and red is so sweet!!
I featured you today - http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/12/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-31/
Thanks for linking up!!

Michelle said...

Sara, this is SO cute! I pinned you!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I love your version! Great ladder, great colors!

Ashley said...

This is adorable!!!

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