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Repurposed Deer Advent Calendar

Repurposed Deer Advent Calendar

This little guy has been stored with my x~mas decorations for a few years now. I haven’t really put him up for a long time and when I got all crazy the other day with the deco around here I found him in between the boxes of ornaments and garlands and he just looked so cute. But I knew I didn’t really have a spot for him. How cruel. See, he used to be an advent calendar. But there were pieces missing and so I had just neglected him for a few years now. So sorry. And when he looked at me through the boxes the other day I just couldn’t leave him in there. So I gave this little buddy a redo. He became my Repurposed Deer Advent Calendar.

Repurposed Deer Advent Calendar before 2

So this is how he looked before. Not bad at all. Maybe some of you think he even looked better before than after. He had 24 little drawers but many were missing. I took him apart. I know…but better than throwing him out, right? Or leaving him in the box, unwanted. 

I carefully separated the head from the box. Then, I painted the box white on the back. 

Repurposed Deer Advent Calendar taken apart

I painted his head white first and then replaced the little hooks in his antlers that were missing. I used some from the drawers, since I any way wouldn’t need them any more.

Then, I brushed on silver acrylic paint, several coats of it. I painted the eyes and his mouth with markers and when everything was dry, attached the head back to the bottom (box) but this time the box was turned around. 

Repurposed Deer Advent Calendar Head

I wrote ” Oh, Deer !” on the box (with metallic markers as well 😉 ) and hung stars on the one antler! I think he’s adorable! He fits in right with all my deco and got the best spot in the house! On top of my cabinet where he’s the centre of attention! 

Repurposed Deer Advent Calendar 1






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  • Lisa B.
    09/12/2015 at 05:14

    Good Evening Katrin!! I’m stopping by to let you know your post has been selected as a Featured post for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by tomorrow morning and see your post linked up and don’t forget to grab your Featured Button too!! ~Lisa~

    • Katrin
      09/12/2015 at 16:26

      Thank you so much Lisa! I appreciate it! 🙂

  • Meg @ Green With Decor
    08/12/2015 at 20:01

    What a great makeover and a fun Christmas decoration!

    • Katrin
      09/12/2015 at 16:29

      Thank you Meg! I’m glad I rescued him from another year in the box!!

  • Diana
    08/12/2015 at 19:16

    What a cutie Katrin–you saved him 🙂 Those little drawers would make some awfully cute decorations as well. Thanks for linking your project up with Vintage Charm.

  • Roberta Montrie
    08/12/2015 at 17:01

    He’s adorable. I like the way you gave him new life!

    • Katrin
      08/12/2015 at 23:24

      Thank you Roberta! I’m happy I didn’t leave him in the box this year 🙂

  • Donna
    08/12/2015 at 06:58

    Great renew! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    • Katrin
      08/12/2015 at 09:09

      Thank you!

  • AJ @ Aspen Jay
    07/12/2015 at 18:55

    Hi Katrin,
    I love the new life you gave this once poor little reindeer. 🙂 The stars on the antlers are a nice touch. Thanks for sharing and linking up at Talented Tuesday.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Katrin
      07/12/2015 at 20:41

      Thank you AJ, I’m happy too that I changed his style a bit!

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  • Life Loving
    06/12/2015 at 18:33

    How lovely Katrin. I’m glad you didn’t leave him in the box to be forgotten about for another year. He’ll have so many uses over the festive period.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Katrin
      06/12/2015 at 22:05

      Thanks Sally… I know, hey? He’s so cute, even before…my girls really like him too. So I’m glad he got a new style..

  • Theresa @DearCreatives
    05/12/2015 at 10:10

    This turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

    • Katrin
      06/12/2015 at 00:50

      Thanks for stopping by Theresa!

  • Gina
    05/12/2015 at 05:06

    You did a great job! This is such a cute upcycled DIY. The finished product is so adorable, I giggled out loud when I saw the phrase written on it. The colors are fantastic and I want to go make one now!

    • Katrin
      05/12/2015 at 08:23

      Yes, I love that phrase, I’ve seen it around and thought it goes well with this little guy… Thanks Gina! 🙂

  • Celeste
    05/12/2015 at 03:11

    This deer is so cute! What a creative way to change up your old advent calendar! I love repurposing and breathing new life into old things.

    • Katrin
      05/12/2015 at 08:22

      Celeste, thank you so much!! Me too, it’s great to just change something up a little bit and have a use for it in a different way and enjoy it again!

  • Tara @ Lehman Lane
    04/12/2015 at 23:27

    Super cute deer Katrin! I love how you re-purposed this. Thanks so much for sharing your project @ Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Have a wonderful weekend and take care, Tara

    • Katrin
      05/12/2015 at 08:20

      Thank you Tara!!! I’m happy you like it, have a great weekend as well! 🙂

  • Brend
    04/12/2015 at 19:32

    What a great job! Love the new look. Have a great week 🙂

    • Katrin
      04/12/2015 at 19:45

      Hi Brenda, Thanks so much, he looks so grown up, right?

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    03/12/2015 at 20:18

    Katrin, he turned out so cute! And he fits in with your decor style so well. I bet the girls love him. And I love that you turned something headed for the trash into a treasure, once again!!! You inspire me!!!

    • Katrin
      04/12/2015 at 09:52

      The girls do love him, they did before as well, but they like how he’s got a special spot in the room now! I’m so happy you got inspired, I love it! Thank you Nikki!

  • Jen
    03/12/2015 at 16:56

    Oh how cute!!!!! I love it!!!!!!

    • Katrin
      04/12/2015 at 09:56

      Thank you Jen!!!

  • Catherine Holt
    03/12/2015 at 10:58

    What a cute little guy and definitely a great project 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning. This will be featured next week 🙂

    • Katrin
      03/12/2015 at 16:11

      Thanks for stopping by Catherine! I’m happy you like the little deer…

  • Lynn Spencer
    01/12/2015 at 21:42

    Brilliant! Love that you re purposed the little guy! You could also hang ornament off of his antlers if you wanted a change.

    BTW…haven’t watched WD yet…hopefully tomorrow. Is it the mid-season finale?

    • Katrin
      02/12/2015 at 14:32

      Thank Lynn, I’m happy I repurposed him. He was just tossed in that box…I really like him now and the girls too! Well..they liked him before quite a bit. You’re right, I can exchange ornaments, I like that idea! I watched it…won’t say a thing! I’m not sure, yes it is probably the last one… til after Christmas?

  • Jessy @ The Life Jolie
    01/12/2015 at 20:38

    This is too cute- I definitely love the re-purposed version.

    • Katrin
      02/12/2015 at 14:35

      Thanks Jessie! Me too, he wasn’t too bad, but fits in better now!

  • Pili
    01/12/2015 at 19:03

    Love how it looks now Katrin, he was asleep and suddenly he woke up prettier in 2015!! Love the stars too.

    • Katrin
      02/12/2015 at 14:34

      Yes, he did, hey? He looks awesome on my cabinet. He is kinda sleepy still, but very proud…;) Thanks Pili

  • Olga
    01/12/2015 at 16:04

    Qué bonito!! Ha quedado genial, muy actual. Buena idea!!

    • Katrin
      01/12/2015 at 16:39

      Gracias Olga!!! Me encanta tambien…es que antes no lo usaba, porque faltaban cosas y estaba un poco roto. Y los colores ya no iban con el resto de la casa…asi ahora le di un “spa” y mejor! Gracias por visitarme! Pero tambien me puedes visitar de “verdad” 😉

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  • Crystal
    01/12/2015 at 02:02

    What a great new look!! I love the metallics…plus I love all things deer and antler. 🙂

    • Katrin
      01/12/2015 at 16:33

      Yes! Same here, I love antlers and deer…oh I could have it everywhere… Thanks Crystal!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    30/11/2015 at 16:53

    This is so creative Katrin. I love that you were able to re-use an old ornament. And he looks so chic now!! The stars are a nice added touch as well.

    • Katrin
      01/12/2015 at 16:28

      Thanks Mary! I’m happy to see him on my cabinet…looking all shiny 😉

  • ilka@ilkasblog
    30/11/2015 at 16:46

    This is such a cute idea Katrin! It’s such a fun décor piece for the Holidays! Love the tag line!

    • Katrin
      01/12/2015 at 16:27

      Thanks Ilka! I love deer and all that…so I really wanted to use him this year.

  • Keri
    30/11/2015 at 15:34

    LOVE the new look you gave this little guy!!! I’m glad you were able to repurpose him and add him back into the Christmas decor scene!! You did a great job on this Katrin!!!

    • Katrin
      01/12/2015 at 16:27

      Thank you Keri, i’m so glad I gave him a new look!

  • Ntina
    30/11/2015 at 11:11

    This is so cute! I love what you’ve done with this, feels more fresh and modern!

    • Katrin
      30/11/2015 at 12:14

      Thanks so much Ntina, I think so too!!! 🙂