Ad Box

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pottery Barn knock off



I had so much felt lying around from little man's quiet book that this was the perfect project. While I stole the idea from Pottery Barn, I am so excited to have made this myself. I never thought about having an advent calendar for Halloween!
It took me longer than I expected but I am so happy with how it turned out. It took a couple nap times. I couldn't work on it when little man was awake because he's been super clingy since we got back from New York so he wants me to hold him. Or he just wants me to pick him up so he can reach the table and touch all my stuff. I'm so proud of myself for finishing well in time for October 1st! Now I can move onto more Halloween projects! Yippee!



I usually do most my projects during nap time, but I finished this off one night and how did I do it you asked? When Ian discovered I left the guest bathroom open which meant he had full reign of the toilet paper. And boy did he have fun!

Ok back to the project...
I have been scanning the internet for advent calendars for Halloween. I didn't even know they existed, Pottery Barn has some amazing ones that I love but would never feel good about spending $60, and never would. So I decided to make my own knock off Pottery Barn calendar!

Supplies:
  • Felt glue
  • Rotary cutter or scissors (I found that a rotary cutter works best, but scissors will do.)
  • 1 yard of orange felt
  • 1 yard of black felt
  • 2 pkgs large ric rak- (I used green, but any Halloween color will do)
  • Various colors of craft foam with sticky backs (purple, lime green, yellow, black, red, white)
  • Halloween craft foamies- found at JoAnns
  • Dowel rod
  • Halloween ribbon
  • Alphabet/Number stencils 1″-2″
Assembly:
  1. The first thing you want to do is cut 35 4″ wide x 3 1/2″squares. I cut out a square from a cereal box.
  2. Then cut your black felt 44″ long x 25″ wide.
  3. Arrange the 35 squares so that you have 7 down and 5 across. If you want to leave room at the bottom to have your family name monogrammed, leave it. Just make it look like it’s even. Leave room on the sides, top, and bottom for the ric rac.
  4. Pin and then sew the squares.
  5. I used my Cricut to cut out my letters and numbers and traced them onto felt. I didn't use sticky back felt because I had so much felt I didn't want to buy more. They cut out easy as well.
  6. Arrange your foam or felt numbers and Halloween craft foamies on each square. I used a little felt glue on each just to make sure they stay on.
  7. Arrange the title at the top.
  8. Sew a pocket at the top for your dowel rod to go through, tie some ribbon on the rod. You have your own version of a very pricey advent calendar.
You can either put something in each pocket or attach a string with some Halloween "mascot" and move it from pocket to pocket.

58 comments:

  1. Visiting from meet up Mon I love this idea - wish my kids weren't adult - might have to make one for grandkids

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have always wanted an advent calender.
    I have seen a few halloween ones that were cute but not something I would do. This is really cute and it is something I would make cause I LOVE felt!
    Thanks for the tute!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This calendar is fun and festive. I am visiting from Meet up Monday. If you have a chance during naptime, stop over for a visit.

    Have a great week! La

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a cute and fun Halloween Advent Calendar! I love the bright colors! Visiting from motivate me monday!
    Amy @ The Happy Scraps

    ReplyDelete
  5. So cute!
    Visiting from motivate me monday and now following!
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  6. I've been wanting to do this forever! Now, you've motivated me! I'm faeturing you over at www.jellybeanjunkyard.wordpress.com!

    ReplyDelete
  7. that looks fantastic!! (and the pics of the wee one are TOO cute!)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your little guy is so stinkin' cute! Thanks for sharing the advent calendar. It's a great knockoff! :) I'm visiting from It's So Very Cheri and I'm glad I did.

    www.betweenuandme.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. Very adorable. This is my favorite Halloween advent I've seen. It's amazing! This post is so similar to my life, I couldn't help but laugh a little. I craft during nap time and my little one loves the toilet paper too! It's good to know I'm not the only one! Visiting from So Very Cheri.

    Krista
    whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm in love! You should sell them on etsy! I would buy one!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love it! Best advent calendar I've seen in a long time! Reminds me of the ones we had for Christmas growing up. There is no doubt that I will be copying this sometime in the future. Thanks for sharing!

    Kimra
    kimraskreations.blogspot.com
    crafty-cove.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow! That is so cute! I love the colors and the cute ric rack! Your blog is awesome and I enjoyed reading it! I am following you- Stop by if you get the chance:
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. We featured you over at Sassy Sites today! Come by and check it out! Don't forget to grab a featured button!! xoxo

    -Marni @ Sassy Sites!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love this!

    http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  15. thanks for linking up to MMM! I am featuring this awesome project next week!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love this project. I need to talk my husband into buying me a sewing machine so I can become extra crafty

    ReplyDelete
  17. How very cute! I love it and all of the details!
    I have a big request for all of you bloggers out there, I am in a contest for one of the posts I did on losing some weight. I just really need to have your vote because I would love to win this contest! All you need to do is go to the link I will put below and first become a fan or push the like button and then go to the right column and under the 14 pictures, click on my picture and make a comment that you vote for me! I know the power of blogland is big, so can you please vote! I would so, so, appreciate it!!!
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lehi-UT/Kristi-Approved/391083710513?ref=ts

    ReplyDelete
  18. Asolutely adorable sugar, the quilt and your little treat...

    blessings from quilt story madame samm

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love the idea! Your project turned out great! October will be here before we know it, so enjoy getting to use your new calendar!!!

    ReplyDelete
  20. That is so cute! I think you did a fabulous job and I love the detail on each day! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Please enter my giveaway!
    crazycraftbugs.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a fun calender--you did a great job on that! Visiting from Show and Share Day!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love this! Super cute.

    Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love this! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

    ReplyDelete
  24. i so want to do something like this. that doesn't involve sewing. looks great, lol. coming over from someday crafts.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Tooooo cute!!!! Thanks so much for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. That is too cool. I've seen Halloween advent calenders before, and I'm actually kinda surprised I never took up the challenge of making one myself. You've inspired me to give it a go. If mine even turns out half as nice as yours turned out, I'll still be happy! :)

    Since you're excited about moving more into Halloween crafts, you should check out and perhaps join my Recycled Halloween Craft Challenge! Each person can enter up to 3 times! :)

    http://henthornehandmade.blogspot.com/2010/08/recycled-halloween-challenge-will-you.html

    ReplyDelete
  27. That is such a cute idea! Wonder if I could whip one up in enough time. (And what a little cutie boy you have too!) Thanks for stopping by Fabric Tuesdays. See you next week! :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. hey I LOVE YOUR FALL ideas come link up on my link party

    curlyqcrafts.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. How fun. I just finished a similar piece about a month ago. I am trying to wait until we get a little closer to post my Halloween stuff, but I don't know how much longer I can hold out! It's totally Halloween in blog land.

    ReplyDelete
  30. That is SO cute and looks very professional!! And i love that it is no sewing! ;-) Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    ReplyDelete
  31. That is so cute. You really selected some nice elements, the colors, style, ric rac... Nice job.

    ReplyDelete
  32. So cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

    ReplyDelete
  33. What a great craft. You did a great job.

    ReplyDelete
  34. That is SO cute! I love it! :) The toilet paper pictures make me giggle. Too cute! ;) Thanks for sharing at Paisley Passions! :) Have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
  35. My son would love this, especially if it had a piece of candy in every pocket! I featured it on my friday favorites!
    http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/09/friday-favorites_17.html

    ReplyDelete
  36. I loved this so much I featured in on my Friday Fave Five- you should check it out!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Your Halloween Advent Calendar is fabulous! I might just give it a whirl!
    I'm visiting from Sawdust and PaperScraps:)
    Cheers!
    Theresa

    ReplyDelete
  38. Love this.. So cute.. head on over to our site for any new recipes or if you want your item to be featured

    ReplyDelete
  39. I Facebooked this today. Love it - thanks for linking up.

    ReplyDelete
  40. that is just too cute. I love it!! What a great halloween project!

    xox
    Jen

    ReplyDelete
  41. very cute, one of the best I've seen!!! kuddos!

    ReplyDelete
  42. SO SO Cute!! I'd love for you to link it up at sundae scoop! http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  43. I did a Thanksgiving PB Knock off and know first hand how tricky this can be - totally worth it!

    ReplyDelete
  44. I also copied this pottery barn idea a couple years back! It was so expensive, and I though hey I could totally make it. You did a great job!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Visiting from meetup Mon - I saw something similar at another store this w/e - must be popular! Yours is more special because it was made by you

    ReplyDelete
  46. This is amazing! I absolutely love it. If you are interested in some free advertising, we'd love to feature this on our blog!

    Please contact me @ erika.datingdivas@gmail.com

    And check out our site - thedahlingdatingdivas.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  47. Liz this is DARLING, and yeah I would never spend that much on one either, he he. Who needs to anymore with your GREAT tutorial. You did an amazing job, and would so LOVE if you linked these up **6 weeks 2 Spook** my new halloween party, and for everything else, you can always link top my regular weekly party. I can't wait to have you over, and see what else you come up with, you are awesome!!! Bella :)

    ReplyDelete
  48. Oh my goodness, how adorable is that?? Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again this week :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

    ReplyDelete
  49. shared this on my site! thanks for sharing, it's super cute!

    ReplyDelete
  50. What a fun countdown and calendar! Very cute and fun! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

    ReplyDelete
  51. What a ton of work, but the result is gorgeous! I love the happy Halloweeny colors! This will be a favorite Halloween decoration for years to come!

    ReplyDelete
  52. This is such a cute idea for Halloween! I've just linked to your tutorial from my site:

    http://www.allfreeholidaycrafts.com/Halloween-Decorations/Happy-Halloween-Advent-Calendar

    Please let me know if it's ok to link to your projects like this in the future.

    Thanks!
    Rachel
    rbernstein@primecp.com

    ReplyDelete
  53. We liked this so much over at Copycat Crafts that we have decided to feature it today! You can view it here
    http://www.copycatcrafts.com/halloween-advent-calendar-pottery-barn-knock-off/

    We'd love it if you'd like to display a featured button! You can grab your button on the right hand side of your post. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  54. It took a few naps, but I just finished mine! I love it! Just need to buy the Rick-rack and we are set! Thanks for the great idea!

    ReplyDelete