Stocking Advent Ladder

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Once again, Pottery Barn inspired us to do a holiday advent calendar. Last year we made this PB knock-off advent calendar  and this year we decided to knock-off their stocking ladder advent calendar . Let’s face it, who wants to spend $199 on holiday decor, when you can make is for less than $20?! Just think about all those extra presents you can have under the tree this year with all that money you will be saving. So let’s get building!

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How to build an Advent Ladder


Step 1: Cut Wood

Use the diagram below to cut your 1×2’s. Note: the rungs of the ladder at cut at 3 degrees.

Advent Ladder - Assembly Instructions

Note: Print the diagram, it will make life easier 🙂

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Step 2: Drill Pocket Holes and Assemble

Drill pocket holes on each side of your 1×2 rung pieces.
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Using a tape measure and pencil, follow the diagram and mark where each rung will be placed. Then using  1 1/4″ screws being to assemble your ladder.

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Step 3: Sand and Finish

Using 220 grit sand paper, go over the ladder until smooth. Before you apply stain, make sure ladder is free of any debris. Using a stain rag I applied the colors Carrington by Varathane. Once the stain was dry, I stenciled on m numbers using a small brush and white acrylic paint.

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Once the number were dry, I then took 220 grit sand paper to them to distress the numbers as well as the edges of the ladder.

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Step 4: Add the Stockings

I found my stockings at Hobby Lobby (50% off y’all!) I did little mix and match since they didn’t have 24 of the same, but it just adds character. I decided to attach my stocking to the ladder because since I had to mix and match, not all the stocking were the same length. If all of your stockings are the same, then you can simply nail in the large nail heads and hang the stockings from the. Or you can do what I did, and attach the stocking to the nail head first and then attach to the ladder.

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As much as I love the PB version of this advent calendar, I have to say I might like mine a little more! Plus the cost was much less! It’s a win win. Hope you enjoyed!

Signature - Jamie


Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • I like how this is not only super cute, but it doesn’t take up a lot of space. I have an advent calendar I put up every year that my Mom sewed for me when I was little, and it made out of felt, glitter, and beads. Maybe my kids need something made by THEIR Mom to someday carry on to their family.

    • Awe Thanks Linda! I have another one that my sister made me that is exactly like the one I had when I was little. I have such great memories of that advent calendar. I think it’s wonder when you can pass something down to your children that has such wonderful memories.

  • Nanasblessed

    Thank you very much for providing free plans .It is great you both can do so much and still have this site. My son-in-law is also an Aeronautical engineer in Ft. Worth, TX and my daughter is a Nurse manager. One grandson at Texas A&M and one granddaughter in the 11th grade. Keeps them very bush!
    I have a couple of questions.
    1. Can I use 2 x 3 or 2 x 4’s or would it be too large and heavy?
    2. I have so much trouble with my Kreg Jig holes. I use what the chart says, but the screw will sometimes come thru the outer wood. How can I keep this from happening?
    And I guess that this makes 3 questions.
    3. Do you always use plugs for the holes or do you fill with wood filler?

    • You are so welcome. This site is our passion and we hope one day it will become our full time job. But for now, we are just extremely busy all the time and probably drink far too much coffee!
      1. You could, but I think it would be pretty heavy. However if you did it would also make a great blanket ladder. 🙂
      2. Make sure you are setting your collar on your drill bit at the right location.
      3. We don’t normally plug the holes unless you can see them. Since this ladder is against the wall, you will never see the back so there is no need to plug them.

  • Amy

    What are the measurements of the stockings that you used?

  • Michelle Lester

    Just found this evening la project! Thank you!!!!

  • Nicole Douthit

    Love your site projects!!! Sooooo easy!! I am totally impressed with your super simple, fun & FABULOUS projects…..THANK YOU 😉