A Very Vintage Advent Calendar {#DIHWorkshop}

Today I’m teaming up with The Home Depot to show you how you can make a pretty ornament display at their upcoming DIH Workshop this week!  

If you haven’t heard, Home Depot offers do-it-HERself (DIH) workshops for women of all experience levels to come in and create cool projects for their homes.  


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by The Home Depot.  All opinions are my own.

This month they are making these Holiday Ornament Displays at all their stores. 

To kick-start the workshop, they asked us to build the project ourselves, then put our own creative touches on it in our homes.  

Well, y’all know me. I had to junk mine up a little bit.

Here is my take on it! A very vintage advent calendar… dihworkshop-beth-bryan

My husband found this canvas piece with metal clips and stamped numbers at a local vintage shop.home-depot-dihworkshop-virtual-party-how-to-make-a-shiplap-backdrop-15

Honestly? We have no clue what it was originally used for.  Has anyone seen anything like this before?  

Possible scenarios for this thing include a place for shift works to grab a badge when they clocked into work. Or for coal miners to hang their badges when they went down into the mines so they would know at a glance who was underground. Maybe a hotel front desk key holder or a place for valet drivers to hang car keys? Who knows.

We are stumped, but I’m counting on someone out there to know exactly what this thing is and what it was use for. Y’all are good at that! 

Very Vintage Advent Calendar using ornaments

I could think of no better use for it than a holiday advent calendar, which is what I’ve made for this party today! Twenty-five shiny Christmas ornaments hang from these metal clips and starting December 1st we will remove them one at a time each day, and let the countdown to the big day begin!


I found this chippy old deer head wreath holder and attached it to the top of the plaque to hang an evergreen wreath. 


The pretty rosemary topiaries came from the garden center at Home Depot. I stuck them inside some old galvanized flower buckets that I’ve had for a few years and decorated them just a little bit.junky-christmas-advent-calendar-1

The jingle bell belts are actually door hangers found in the Christmas decoration aisle at HD that I attached using an elastic hair tie and a piece of string. 😉  Here’s a peek at the backside so you can see how I did it. Very simple. 


So there ya go! That’s my vintage take on the Home Depot DIH Workshop project this month. 

It was super, SUPER easy to make, I promise! 


If you want to make something similar for your mantel, head on over to the Home Depot website and find out the time/date/location of the DIH Workshop near you!  Mine is this Thursday, November 17th from 6:30-8pm, so check quick because they will probably fill up fast! 


There are 25 amazing bloggers putting their unique spin on this project today, and here is a sneak peek at a few of my blog friends!

dihworkshopBlooming Homestead

Refresh Restyle

Live Laugh Rowe

Thistlewood Farms

Please keep the #DIHWorkshop virtual party rolling over at these awesome blogs, also! Go give them all a quick visit to see their #DIHWorkshop Christmas projects:


Domestically Speaking

Find It Make It Love It

My Sister’s Suitcase

2 Bees In A Pod

She Leaves A Little Sparkle

Virginia Sweet Pea

Designed Decor

The Creative Mom

A House and A Dog

Little Vintage Nest

All Things Thrifty

A Pumpkin and A Princess

The Crafting Chicks

Finding Silver Pennies

Infarrantly Creative

Simply Designing

Girl Loves Glam

The Rustic Life

The Glam Farmhouse

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by The Home Depot.  All opinions are my own. 

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  1. Love, love, love your advent calendar. So creative!

  2. I’m signed up for my local class, and can’t wait! We just downsized from a 2500 Sq ft home to a 1100 Sq ft apartment… gone are the days of three Christmas trees. This may be my one and only!
    I love your take on the Christmas countdown. It is such a fun and tangible way to be in expectation for what the season holds.

  3. This is one of my favorite DIHWorkshop creations I’ve seen yet- nicely done!! 😃 I love vintage stuff and this is the perfect accent piece. High five!😃

  4. I didn’t see it mentioned but are you hanging the ornaments on the wreath as they come off the calendar? Just curious.

  5. Where did you find the clips to hang the ornaments on the advent? From HD? What are they allied so I can purchase some? Thanks!

  6. I think I might have the answer on your canvas keyholder. I sell vintage and I had a nearly identical piece a while ago in my shop – also with stenciled numbers and clip hooks. Mine had key rings attached to each clip – each had keys and a matching stamped metal ‘Custodian’ tag with the same stenciled number. At the top of the canvas ‘Election Custodian Keys’ was handwritten in black marker. I’m thinking that perhaps these date to when voting was done in booths that had to be locked up? I seem to remember some big large machine my mom went into when I was little and pulled levers. Anyhoo, here’s a link to the sold one in my shop – not sure if the link will still work. Email me if questions!

    • Wow! That is great information, Carrie. Thanks so much for taking the time to share. I will show your shop to my husband- it’s right up his vintage loving alley! 🙂 That makes total sense about being for elections because it is so portable being made of canvas. They could just roll it up and go after election day was over.

      I also remember going to voting booths with my mom as a kid. I wonder at what point the secrecy of politics began to go away and everyone got so vocal about their vote? I guessing MTV had something to do with it with Rock the Vote and all that. There are times when I wish I didn’t know who nearly everyone on my facebook feed voted for! 🙂

      Thanks again for sharing!

  7. Julie Briones says:

    LOVE this, Beth… So did my daughter!



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