When I was a kid, my mom made an Advent calendar out of matchboxes with us. We glued felt onto the boxes and added sequins. I thought it was the best thing ever, and I've wanted to make one for my kids for years. Last night, I finally sat down and came up with this one.
I had the frame already, and I backed it with sparkly blue cardstock. The patterned paper is Pink Paislee, and the embellishments are Jolee's and Recollections. The numbers are a template I downloaded, printed, and punched out. You can obtain matchboxes from a number of places, but I bought mine in packs of ten from Walmart. You do have to dump the sticks! And pull out the hot glue gun, because you will need it to adhere the boxes to the backing, and to adhere the paper to the boxes. Ye olde tape runner does not hold up very well for this project.
What goes inside the boxes, you ask? I made slips of paper for extra video gaming time, baking cookies, seeing Christmas lights, and all sorts of other holiday activities. There are a few boxes that also have candy in them.
There you have it. Go forth and craft!