Pottery Barn Gilt Advent Calendar - this was one of my "Top 10 Projects of 2014"  by SnazzyLittleThings.com

Pottery Barn Advent Calendar

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We get such a kick out imitating catalog inspired knock-offs at a fraction of the cost. So today we’ll show you how to create your very own Pottery Barn Gilt Advent Calendar. The catalog retail price is around $159, but we built ours for around $30 using leftover materials and items from our wedding.

Pottery Barn Gilt Advent Calendar - this was one of my "Top 10 Projects of 2014" by SnazzyLittleThings.com

Pottery Barn-Inspired Gilt Advent Calendar

First, I had to find a way to make the numbers white. So this was my workaround (and I made free printables for you to do the same). Just print the Advent labels listed in my free printables library, then trace over the numbers with a white gel pen (found in the artist department at your craft store)

White Lettering Application

I had leftover galvanized buckets from my wedding favors this past summer. So this may add to your cost, in my case, I had a handy repurpose available to me :)

Pottery Barn Knock Off Gilt Galvanized Advent buckets

I used this spray paint…

Krylon spray paint

Once dried, I Mod Podged the labels onto the painted galvanized buckets:

Mod Podge On Buckets Pottery Barn Knock Off

Once tacky, affix table to bucket. Hold in place, then hold down with a paper town and wipe off excess.

Holding Label on Pottery Barn Knock Off Mod Podge


side view Pottery Barn Gilt Advent Calendar

Then, I filled them up with our holiday decorations — but you can put whatever goodies you’d like.

Pottery Barn Gilt Advent Calendar Knock Off

I provide free build plans (and the printables) for subscribers of my blog, so if you’re not signed up you can do so, here. I’m hooked. I admit, doing knock offs is so much fun. And many of my readers, (well YOU) said that you’d like to see more of them.

Knock off projects are so much fun…and as you’ve probably noticed, we’ve done quite a few here on the blog.

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Tuesday, November 11th
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    1. Angie thanks for the kind words and for stopping by to comment. My next DIY is something I hope you’ll love. :)

  1. I love them all! That craft stick snowman is so cute!!! Fun projects to do with the kids and grandkids. I’m downloading the labels and will hang an advent calendar in our tree. Thanks for always inspiring me. Jeanette

    1. Jeanette thanks for the kind words. We had such a blast making these, you can’t go wrong. Each one has it’s own personality. Be sure to sign and date the back of the ornaments too so you can always remember the day that you made them. :)

  2. Jeanette, you outdid yourself with three in one post! I love your advent version and your mini gift fillers are precious! I have a few of those snowman ornaments that my children have made me through the years, priceless!
    So happy to be participating in this tour along with you and looking forward to more ideas this week!

  3. Girl you have been busy! Great minds think alike on the advent calendar! I love how you made the cute little shelves to set them on! I should have used the gel pen because I used a Sharpie paint pen and I had to go over each number a million times to get it to show up. Yours turned out beautifully!

    1. I love yours too, Shanna! I’m glad you mentioned that about the Sharpie pens, I wouldn’t have known that and you might have saved me a step on a future project. I love that you repurposed a frame (I should have done that!) and how you glued your pots, that had’t occurred to me either. Nicely done

  4. Your advent calendar is awesome! How in the world have your worked an accomplished so much? I am in awe of you!

    1. Paula, you’re in the same boat as me with teaching and DIY’ing. Your projects are top notch We’re in this together! And thanks, I’m happy to finally have an Advent calendar that blends with our decor. I might empty the shelves and use it year-round for other displays, pictures, and such. :)

  5. Jeanette,

    I love all 3 of your knock off. The advent calendar is a great project.

    1. Thanks so much Vanessa. It was a last minute idea to recycle my pots from the wedding favors. It worked out perfectly.

    1. Thanks Julie, I love yours too! We love PB but never have enough of it around here. Time to start making it ourselves :)

  6. Love it, I’ve wanted to make one of these forever! Great job!

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie. Love everything you do, too! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I love the vintage feel of the advent calendar–and that it’s the perfect size for actually holding fun trinkets, too

  8. Jeanette! This came out fantastic you did an amazing job, I LOVE the look of your so much more! Beautifully done :)