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Our New Advent Calendar…an upcycled drying rack

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DIY Upcycled Advent Calendar
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I’m participating in such a fun blog hop today hosted by and Be sure to search the hashtag #HomeForChristmas when you’re on social media, you’ll be able to see all of the other fabulous bloggers that are participating this year. You can also visit all of them at the bottom of my post where you’ll see all sorts of fresh, new ideas. Maybe some of them will catch your eye and you’ll try a few yourself!

The Hometalk crowd always loves creative repurposing and upcycling ideas, so I’m excited to share my drying rack – which is temporarily serving as our Advent calendar!

I found this rack earlier this year and it sits close to our laundry room. But to be honest it’s too pretty for hanging laundry :).  I use it to display blankets, unused table runners and several odds and ends for display. But now, I love it’s new purpose…I wish I could display this year-round.

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DIY Advent Calendar Repurposed from a Drying Rack by Snazzy Little Things

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A fine point Sharpie  |  Adhesive Stencils  |  Heidi Swapp Striped Stockings  |  Wire Jute Twine

Simply use a fine point Sharpie to fill in your numbers…I etched my numbers in and embellished them a bit (to give my numbers a bit more of my own twist).  Then, strung them on the wire, which actually looks like a string. I then secured rough ends with a pretty ribbon.

Close up of Advent Stockings by SnazzyLittleThings

Upcycled Advent Calendar Stenciled Stockings Close up

My daughter decided it needed a little something extra, so we picked up a wooden unfinished sign from Joann Fabrics, then gave it several coats of black chalkboard paint. I used a chalk Sharpie to write the letters, and my daughter freehanded the snowflake art.  She’s turning into quite the nail artist, so I trust her freehand already!

Upcycled Advent Calendare DIY Celebrate the Season sign

Here is a full view…and our Homegoods drying rack can be converted back to it’s previous use once the holidays are over.

Full Advent Calendar

Oh…and we took the plunge and painted our doors black.  More on that to come!

Upcycled Advent Calendar and newly painted Black Doors

Come see all of the other #HomeforChristmas projects, hosted by and Country Living Magazine!

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  1. Hi Jeanette,

    These are adorable. How fun for the holidays.

    1. Thanks Patti, we don’t want to put it away now…I appreciate you taking the time to comment…happy holidays!

    1. Thanks so much Angie! I miss hanging with you girls…and thanks for the pin. Hope you’re doing well, xo!

    1. Thanks so much Lindsay! Happy holidays to you!

    1. Thanks so much Lucy! We need one in every room :)

    1. Thank you both! Miss hanging with you girls in Atlanta. Hope you both have a wonderful holiday with your families!

  2. Jeanette I just love this so cute…and to think I just passed up one of these drying racks…now I wish I would had.

    1. Thank you Tammy- you are a MASTER upcycler I can only imagine what you could do with one of these :)

  3. Jeanette, there have been a lot of advent calendars shared in the blogging world over the last couple of weeks. Yours has got to be in my Top 10 – so cute! Pinned to share :)

    1. Marie — sweetest comment EVER. Thank you you just made my week! :)

  4. Love this idea, Jeannette! You had me with the black and white striped stockings. ;) Merry Christmas!

  5. How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The Advent Calendar Rack made me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck, Jeanette! :)