Advent Calendar Made From Upcycled Shoe Organizer

Advent Calendar Made From Upcycled Shoe Organizer

ALTERNATE TITLE: Holy Crap It’s December 1 and I Haven’t Made My Advent Calendar Yet!

A more organized, on-the-ball blogger would have shared this project a couple weeks ago. But the truth is, I just put it together this morning in a fit of last-minute panic. I was inspired by this idea I saw last year and decided better late than not at all.

The most appealing part of this calendar is it uses things I already had around the house – perfect for a procrastinator like me. First, an over-the-door shoe organizer, which was holding a bunch of random junk.

Advent Calendar Made From Upcycled Shoe Organizer

Next, some paper treat bags I had in my stash. If you don’t have these you can easily cut holiday wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper down to size. (These aren’t the exact ones I used but you get the idea.)

Advent Calendar Made From Upcycled Shoe Organizer

Grab some old-fashioned clothespins (or tape if you don’t have any), tissue paper, and your advent gifts, and you’re ready to put it together. (TIP: You don’t have to have all your gifts ready on December 1. I usually buy things throughout the month and add them as I go.)

Oh, I almost forgot my favorite part! These FREE advent countdown tags from They’re absolutely adorable and Rebecca has done all the work so all we have to do is download, print, and cut. Thank you Rebecca!

Advent Calendar Made From Upcycled Shoe Organizer

Assembly is pretty self-explanatory. The treat bags or wrapping paper serve as a decorative front in each pocket. Then the advent gifts are wrapped in the tissue and placed in next. Lastly, the clothespin holds your tag in place. (I added a piece of washi tape to mine – couldn’t resist a red chevron.) And you’re done!

Advent Calendar Made From Upcycled Shoe Organizer

Advent Calendar Made From Upcycled Shoe Organizer

I’m really happy with how it turned out. And the best news is both of my girls came home from school today and said, “I love it!”


G is for Girly Stuff Holder: A-Z Blog Challenge

We’ve all used these clear, vinyl shoe organizers to store things other than shoes. In my house they hold Barbies, gloves, hats, and dress socks.

girly stuff holder

When I wanted a smaller, cuter version to hold my girls’ lotions and potions I decided to “make” my own. Here’s what I did.

 girly stuff holder girly stuff holder

1. Starting with an organizer like the one pictured at the top, I cut off the size/number of sections I needed.
2.  I picked out six coordinating fabric scraps and cut them slightly larger than the individual pocket sections.
3. Using white thread so my stitching wouldn’t show, I sewed a piece of fabric onto the BACK of each organizer section. (The back won’t be pretty when you’re done but it’s not going to show, so don’t worry.)
4. Lastly, I created something similar to the tab-tops on curtains and sewed them to the top of the whole thing. A grommet in each one makes it easy to hang.

That’s it! I used those sticky 3M hooks to hang them on the side of my girls’ dressers. The best part is, because the fabric is on the back of the piece, any lotion or hairspray spills can easily be cleaned up. Organizing things always makes me so happy. What unique ways do you use everyday products to keep things in order?

This post is number 7 in a series of 26 inspired by the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Click over and see all the amazing bloggers working their way through the alphabet in April.