Pottery Barn Inspired Framed Christmas Ornament Advent Countdown Calendar

Pottery Barn Inspired Framed Christmas Ornament Advent Countdown Calendar

Back in the fall I began this ramped craze of making 24 handmade ornaments. Well, this little piece above was the driven force behind the madness and I am finally happy to say it’s complete!
{Of course in the end I didn’t even end up using many of the ornaments I created, but I will be using them for pretty packages this season}

{photo credit: Pottery Barn}
The inspiration came from this picture that has been in my inspiration file from Pottery Barn. I am not sure if they ever sold this piece or if it was just used as a photo prop – but I love it all the same.
I began with an old frame I have had for years. It was purchased from a thrift without any glass or backing but I loved the size and details. I gave it a good coat of Krylon Brushed Metallic Caramel Latte. {love this luxurious color – it is simply stunning [like gold, nickel and caramel all in one] and I can easily say one of my new favorites!}
I cut a piece of scrap plywood to perfectly fit inside the frame with a jig saw. The wood was sprayed with Krylon Easy Tac Spray Adhesive and covered with
Osnaburg Natural fabric {another favorite}.

The board was then placed back into the frame and secured with the original nails. {it took a little help from my needle nose pliers and hammer – but worked perfectly}

The ends were pull taut to the back of the board and held in place with Gorilla Tape.

The large tags were created and cut with my Silhouette Digital Cutter using the Simple Tags Shape from the online store {simple_tags_C00079_23067}. These were simply cut from kraft cardstock.

The smaller tags were also created with the Silhouette; I made a template with the Banner Flag Shape {6_banner_flag_set_C00684_20509} so I was able to print the numbers with my printer then let the machine do the rest and perfectly cut them out.

A t-square was used to align and even space the tags.

I used decorative upholstery tacks to attach the tags to the inset board. They are partially nailed in – just enough to stay put, yet long enough to hold the ornaments.

I used a mixed of handmade and special ornaments to hang this year. All pretty neutral with some silver, bronze and a touch of gold.

I can see this being a pretty neat yearly tradition; making twenty four handmade ornaments with my little guy each year, have them ready by the first of December to hang and countdown. { the santa letter holder tutorial found here}

It’s new home is in our entry way – I place a tall slender tree along side so each night before bed we can countdown the days and move an ornament from the frame to the tree.

I’m still working on this vignette ~ I have one more little project to finish which I’ll post a little later this week. {the faux mercury glass ornaments made last week can be found here}
I have a couple fabulous giveaways planned for this week – the first one will be up tomorrow morning ~ I am so excited to share!

Have a great night ~ Enjoy!


  1. I like yours so much better!

  2. That is absolutely gorgeous! I may have to try it except I know I will be slowly purchasing my ornaments instead…

  3. I love this! So cute! I made my own Pottery Barn inspired advent calender this weekend…


  4. So beautiful!

  5. Yours is way cuter!!



  6. Wow! I’m in awe. It turned out simply beautiful. Better than the original, I think.

  7. Oh i adore it!! Nice work Stephanie! My wheels are turning for making one next year 🙂 And my 2 favorites would have to be the Santa letter capsule, and the ball of yarn. I bet you’re having fun putting them on your tree!

  8. I like your much better than the Pottery Barn one! Well done 🙂

  9. oops your=yours

  10. Absolutely beautifully done Stephanie Lynn!

  11. This looks fantastic! I love this, great job!

  12. Love it! It’s soo chic and classy looking. I don’t have time to make one this year, but I’ll def think of it for next year.

  13. Needless to say, yours is so much more special! It is gorgeous and not only did you do this amazing project but I love the idea of moving one ornament to the tree each night! You have outdone yourself and that’s saying something!

  14. I like your so much better than the pottery barn version. I had to do a double check to see which one was the insiration. Love yours.

  15. Looks gorgeous! I think it is more along the lines of what I had in mind for mine! I LOVE the frame…think it adds a lot…im hoping to add that to mine next year. I think if I give myself enough time, a little advent makeover could go a long way!

    Beautifully done! Just lovely. More gorgeous than Potery Barn by far!

    Great minds think alike girl!
    Thanks for sharing!


  16. LOVE IT! We bought a tiny tree for our apartment, and now that we’re in a house plan on getting a bigger one. Now I know exactly what to do with that little one 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  17. It looks great! Yours looks better than the PB version. You are so very talented. Thanks for sharing this.

  18. Wow. That is waaaayyyyy better than the PB version!! I love this idea so much. It’s going in my next year file definitely!!

  19. So much nicer than the PB version!! Love what you did with it!!

  20. Oh yours is MUCH nicer than the PB one! I love it!! I will have to remember this next year! I think my kiddos are old enough now to appreciate this kind of thing more!

  21. i love it! You did a great job! Can I ask where you find your fabric from? I love the look of it and could see myself using it for projects. Thanks!

  22. What a great idea! I just made an advent calendar this year, but it’s okay to have more then one right?

  23. That is just so pretty! I would love to have something like this to display. Maybe I should get to work for next year…hmmm.

  24. I love the one you made…what a great idea and fun way to spend time with your little one..a memory he will treasure forever

  25. So pretty!!! Perhaps you’ll do a tutorial on some of your ornaments. 🙂 Love them, too!!!

  26. At first I scrolled through to see the pictures quickly and thought yours was the Pottery Barn one. It is amazing and so much better the PB!!

  27. LOVE this one!!! I <3 advent calendars & this one is super sweet! Thank you!

  28. this is so pretty! i agree that it looks better than the pb inspiration. please link it up to my christmas party! i love advent calendars!

  29. Where do you find these amazing spray paint colors? I look all over and can’t find anything but the usual plain, old flat paints. 🙁

  30. Yours is SO MUCH more wonderful than PB’s!!! Great job! Thank you for sharing, I will have to keep this in mind for next year 🙂

  31. I love this! What a great idea to add new ornaments to your collection every year!

  32. That is so beautiful!! I love all your ornaments too! What a great idea!

  33. Fabulous! Love it, love it, love it!


  34. Love it! Especially day 5!

  35. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this!!! I may have to make one myself! Beautiful!!

  36. This is awesome / a little late for this year – but I will be filing this away “to do” for next year. I am in love.

  37. Karlie Riess Munro :

    You should market yours, it so much nicer than Pottery Barn’s and I’m a big fan of Pottery Barn so that says a lot! Fabulous craftsmanship and what a eye for detail! Love it!

  38. That is perfect — I actually like it better than the original! Good work! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by A Home in the Making and saying hi! I’m looking forward to exploring your blog a little more 🙂

  39. Gorgeous Stephanie! I’ll have to make note of that paint color. You have been a very busy girl!!

  40. Wow that is gorgeous! Your version is a thousand times better than PB’s!

  41. You always make the most beautiful things. Your calendar is more than a step above the Pottery Barn version. I’m in awe of your talent!

  42. WHAT A WONDERFUL WORK!!! Congratulations!!!

  43. I agree, yours is much nicer! This will be a great tradition to start with my grandchildren- as soon as I get some – grandchildren that is! That being said, I should have plenty of time to get one made and have ready! Thanks for sharing.

  44. I love this! I haven’t seen it before. I keep telling Mr. AK the tree won’t be finished until Christmas…maybe this would be a better way to explain it. Your countdown is beautiful!

  45. You never cease to amaze me, Stephanie Lynn!

  46. Upholstery tacks ~ perfect! I made a calendar too and used plain ol thumbtacks. I’ll have to switch to upholstery for next time.

    Love yours, the colors are really beautiful!

  47. Totally better than PB…as always 🙂 Love it!

  48. I love this! I think yours is way better than your inspiration piece! Thanks for sharing.

  49. I love this. Your version is much nicer than the Pottery Barn one. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Yours is head and shoulders above Pottery Barn’s! It is just stunning!

  51. unbelieveable!

    stephanie lynn, you are incredible.

  52. Wow! That’s an awesome project. I like this idea and thanks for sharing the tutorial. Hopping by from BNOP.

  53. oh i love the neutral palette of this project! it’s gorgeous!

  54. Beautiful!!! One of my favorite projects this season! 🙂 Featuring you on my page tomorrow morning!

  55. Absolutely gorgeous. Sometimes I am in awe of brilliance…this is one of those times…I LOVE it! (and very well will be copying this idea for next year.) Annnnd, I’ve GOT to get a shilhouette! Thanks so much for linking to the Christmas Challenge; I truly appreciate it!! -shaunna 🙂 (how am I brand new to your beautiful blog?? love it!)

  56. Just perfect. I like it better than the inspiration photo – I think because so much love and care went into yours. Your ornaments are wonderful! Great job!

  57. I am in love with this idea… I will be doing it next year for sure!

  58. I like yours’ better!

  59. Saw this on Pinterest. And I must say I like yours so much better. Thanks for all the inspiration. I may make these for all my married kids, would be a neat tradition.

  60. I just pinned this — I love it!!!!

  61. Yours is even better than the inspiration piece. I adore everything that you come up with. So inspirational. Keep up the good work. I always look forward to your projects.

  62. I love your great idea for an advent calendar! I think its so meaningful that you are doing each day with a special ornament, very neat! I hope you dont mind, I included your helpful tutorial in my blogpost about great holiday decor ideas and how-to’s! http://majentadesigns.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-and-holidays-how-to-diy.html

  63. Found you via Tip Junkie! Love the hand scrub, I’ll be making that for sure!

    Love your blog! Katy

  64. Where have you been all my life?! Holy cow!
    I really love your work and I’m so glad that I found your blog and all your beautiful work.

  65. Beautiful! Your version is so much better. I also shared this on my blog: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/11/20-adorable-advent-ideas.html

  66. Hi Stephanie, can I include you in my Christmas decoration blog? I will include your name and link it to this page.



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