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Matchbox Advent Calendar

Ready for an easy Christmas project? How about an advent calendar that you could actually finish before December 1st?!

It's made from a spray painted cookie sheet and matchboxes covered with scrapbook paper. Each day, a box is opened to reveal a treat or a piece of paper with an activity written on it. The matchboxes have magnets on the back so that they stick to the cookie sheet.

I was in charge of doing this project at Super Saturday for a group of 18 women. If you are looking for a group craft project, I would recommend this one. It worked out really well. The approximate cost per person was $6.50. I painted the cookie sheets, cut the paper into strips and punched out the number circles beforehand. The women only had to wrap their boxes, glue everything together and tie their bow.

Some ideas of things to put in the boxes: mini candy bars (those little Mr. Goodbar and Crunch bars would fit perfectly), sing a Christmas song, read a Christmas story, read a scripture, or other holiday activities like building a snowman, making a Gingerbread house, or having a snowball fight. You can customize it to what types of things your family likes to do, how old your children are, and how much time you will have on certain days throughout the month.

I can't tell you how excited I am to start opening these boxes and getting into the Christmas spirit!
Jennifer V.
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  1. Wow! I LOVE your advent calendar... I have been pondering what to do for one this year and as I'm slowly running out of time I think this is it - It looks fabulous and I love the magnets onto the cookie sheet... means I could use the cookie sheet and magnet idea during the year for other things and not just hide it in the cupboard till next year!

  2. Oh YAY! Just had a hunt through my baking dish draw and hit the jackpot... an oldish cookie tray in need of a treatment with a pre-made hanging hole on the side and all... woo hoo... I think it was meant to be :)

  3. I love it! I saw it your post about it and bought everything for it. It is almost done...I was just wondering if you happen to have the document of the numbers you printed out? If so...could you email me them...or at least point me in the right direction of some cute ones I could just print out?
    my email is

  4. I really like the papers you chose. Advent calendars are such fun!

  5. Love the spray-painted cookie sheet idea!

  6. Savannah and I made this together! Thanks for such a great idea!

  7. I love this I was looking for a blanket for a huge service project and found your darling advent calendar. Thank you.

  8. Im so excited to make this!! Im just wondering if you have a print out for the numbers?

    1. I used to, but our laptop died a few months back and I lost all my files. ;( It was easy to make in Word though. It's just a circle shape with no fill and a dotted line instead of a solid line.

  9. Oh wow, what a great idea and turned out so beautiful!!

    1. Thanks! Our family has had a lot of fun with it the last few years.


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