Friday, December 9, 2011

Coca-Cola Crate Advent Calendar

I acquired this Coca-Cola crate when Brian and I were first married. I really have no idea how old it is--perhaps vintage 1960s or 1970s? The crate was left alone for a couple years until a friend suggested I turn it into an Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. I jumped on that idea since I have quite a fascination with Advent calendars.
There were, coincidentally, 24 compartments, which would take us through Christmas Eve. It was quite a fun treasure hunt finding small Christmasy knickknacks that were just right the size for the cubbyholes.  
Each trinket is concealed within a square of red or green tissue paper until it is "opened" on the appropriate day. The fat plaid ribbon has adorned the box for years. I suppose I could change it up, but my kids might rebel at the thought of altering our traditional holiday decor. 
There it is. A snapshot of Christmas at our house. Happy Holidays!

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27 comments:

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

What a great thing to do to an older coke case. Love it.

Valerie said...

What a great idea~ so cute!

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

So nice! Really cute and creative! Go and link it up to all the linky parties out there! If you don't know where to find them visit the page on my blog that says "linky parties". There are many more for every day of the week!
Love, Olga
www.stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com

Cherie said...

What a great idea - I love how it turned out! I am thinking you have had this for awhile and I can just imagine your kids have loved it!

Garden of Egan said...

That is so darling!!!!
Very clever.

I love the vintage look. For some reason CocaCola is Christmas. I remember the commercials that they would have at Christmas and I loved them, so to me, this advent calendar is PERFECT!

Rachel said...

Oh. My. Gosh. One of my sole purposes in life is to find a vintage coca cola box. Goodwill, don't let me down!

Carrie@comfortablycarriedaway said...

What a cute idea...unlike any others that I have ever seen. Love it!

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Love this! What a great idea!

Suzanne said...

First of all I love that crate -- It's perfect....and to make it into an advent calendar -- genius!

Sue said...

This is just about as clever and resourceful as it gets. So cute!

=)

kim said...

My mom made an advent calendar out of a coke crate when my brother and I were little and know my kids use the same one. It is so nice to see the tradition passed down.

The Cozy Old Farmhouse said...

This is so cute! I agree with you about having a fascination with advent calendars, and this is such a cute way of doing it! Love love love. :)

Wendys Hat said...

I really really LOVE this! How fun! P.S. I'm jealous of that crate!

Susan said...

OK So now I am looking for a Coca Cola crate. What a beautiful idea!

Shannon said...

Cute! I love it!

Valerie said...

Too adorable!!!

COTTAG3 said...

I love old soda crates but never thought to use one this way. This is such a cute idea! I'm going to mark this one so I can do this next year!

Honeybee said...

Such a cute idea, Julie! Happy Holidays.

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

Be Merry and Bright!

Natalie said...

I love how you keep things forEVER. If I didn't know better I'd think you were a hoarder but I remember your home and it was always immaculate. I love this little advent and it's funny how our kids dictate what stays around.

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

This is so great! I collect soda crates so I have plenty to choose from. Only 13 days left but its never to late to start! Thanks so much!

Amber @junkaholics unanimous

Marvett Smith said...

Ok. I love this. Love the vintage crate and love what you've done with it. Awesome idea!!!

Maria said...

What a gorgeous Advent Calendar! I love this idea and love all the little items you filled it with! Very cute!

Mom to Many said...

Very cute!

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

I really love this. How fun! Thank you so much for linking it to Fabulous Friday.

Warmly, Michelle

Deila Taylor said...

This was very cute. I used to collect those crates when I was young. Who knows where they are now! Great idea.

Lacy@uphillandsmiling said...

That is SO cute :)