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Create fun holiday memories with a simple Christmas countdown, advent calendar. Everyday in December leading up to the 25th, you get to move the colorful pin to the next dated window. This is a simple project that can be made in just a few hours. Great for beginners!

Difficulty easy


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Square
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)
  • Sander


Wood Products

  • 1 Board , 1x8 , 12"
  • 1 Round dowel , 1/4" Thick , 12"
  • 1 Round dowel (optional) , 1/2" Thick , 12"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 1 Sawtooth hanger
  • 1 Narrow tip paint pen
  • 1 Ruler
  • 1 1/4" drill bit

Cut List & Parts

  • 1 Board , 7-1/4" x 11" x 3/4"
  • 1 Chimney (optional) , 1" x 1-1/2" x 3/4"


  • Cut Board

    Cut a 1 x 8 board to 11" in length.

  • Layout Grid

    Divide the width of the board, creating 4 evenly spaced, vertical lines.

  • Align Jig

    Align a Kreg Shelf Pin Jig so the holes are centered on each vertical line. Use a 3" Wood Project clamp to hold the board and jig securely to your work surface.

  • Drill Holes

    Set a depth-stop collar on a 1/4" drill bit. Using the Kreg Shelf Pin Jig, drill six, 1/2" deep holes, vertically along each of the lines drawn. Create a total of 24 holes.

  • Add Top Hole

    Use a Multi-Mark™ multi-purpose measuring tool to find the vertical center, of the board. Measure 1-5/16" from the top row of holes. Drill a 1/4" x 12" hole (creating 25 holes in total).

  • Cut Angled Roof

    Use a miter saw to cut an angled roof line. Cut each side of the angle, 40 degrees off of square.

  • Draw Windows

    Use a ruler and narrow paint pen to draw windows around each hole and create a straight roof line.

  • Add Numbers

    Write a small number (1-25) in the lower corner of each window.

  • Clear Coat

    Apply 2-3 coats of a clear finish to protect your design.

  • Sawtooth Hanger

    Once dry, flip the board over, face-down onto your work surface. Carefully attach a sawtooth hanger to give yourself the option to hang the calendar on the wall.

  • Create Pin

    Cut a 1" length of 1/4" round wood dowel. To make the pin easier to pull, glue a 1/2" length of 1/2" round wood dowel (or whatever shape you prefer) to the end of the 1/4" dowel. Paint or finish however you'd like.

  • Add Chimney

    Carefully, cut a 1" x 1-1/2" x 3/4" chimney from the scraps created when the roof was angled. (When cutting such a small piece of material, make sure to secure the material to a sacrificial board and keep your fingers a safe distance from the saw blade).

    Attach the chimney to the roof of the board, using a fast setting glue.

  • Start the Countdown

    Starting on the 1st of December, place the pin in the corresponding date on the calendar.

  • More Tips and Ideas

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