Saturday, December 1, 2012

Matchbox Advent Calendars {TUTORIAL}

This year I made up my mind to make the kids their own Advent Calendars and just adored this matchbox one I saw on CountyLiving. It's not too late for you to make one too!  Just double up for a day or two and you'll be all caught up.

Matchbox Advent Calendars {TUTORIAL}

You will need:

  • 24 Matchboxes
  • Glossy Acrylic Craft Pain in several colors
  • paintbrush
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper

The first thing I had to do was locate Matchboxes.  Easy, right?  Well it turns out they aren't carried by any of the grocery stores in my local area.  My next move was to check Amazon (of course) where they wanted $$$.  One of the reviewers mentioned that you could get the same matches at the Dollar Tree for a fraction of a price.  Bingo!  I put in a call to the store up the street and they assured me they had an abundance in stock.

For one Advent calendar you will need 24 matchboxes.  Empty all the matches out and separate the outside and inside boxes.  In the inspiration picture the inside boxes are left plain but I decided to paint mine.  Using a shiny gloss acrylic craft paint and a small brush paint one of the short edges.  I used 4 different colors.  Set them aside to dry.

Arrange your outside boxes in a shape you like.  I made a Christmas tree and a Snowman (which kind of looks like a Christmas Tree as well).  The Christmas Tree shape was much easier to wrap with scrapbooking paper.  

Using a hot glue gun, glue the matchboxes together in rows.  Make sure you keep the boxes lined up evenly as you join them together.  Holding the boxes together in your hand on a flat surface helps.  Also, apply the glue to the middle of the box taking care not to get too close to the edge so the glue won't show.

Cover each row in scrapbook paper, using the hot glue gun, again keeping the glue away from the edges. Glue the boxes on top of each other.

Next, on to the inside boxes.  Cut 24 small pieces of ribbon.  Fold them in half and put a tiny spot of glue to keep the edges together.  Use another very small dot of glue on the bottom of the box near the painted edge to attach the ribbon.

Use a sharpie marker to number the boxes from 1-24.  Fill with small candies, money and toys. I will be also be using little pieces of paper with activities like making cookies or  "snowman soup". The best part is you don't have fill them all at once.

Now what to do with all the matches?  Suggestions?

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