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A Matchbox Advent Calendar


Kindle the Christmas spirit with this crafty personalized Advent calendar!  I made this calendar for my grandma.  I usually don’t see her until Christmas Eve, so this is a perfect and prayerful way to stay in touch.


24 Matchboxes
5 sheets Christmas-themed Construction and Scrapbook paper
2 Cardboard Squares
Acrylic Paint (red, green or white)
1 Sponge Brush

Glue Gun and Sticks
Elmer’s Craft Glue
Ruler & Pencil
Scotch Tape

24 slips of paper with handwritten or typed messages – prayers, Scripture verses, or words of encouragement to nourish your loved one(s) in the Advent season.


 Step 1: Dump the matches out of 24 matchboxes.  Use acrylic paint and a sponge brush to coat at least half of the inside drawer and outside cover.  Set out to dry.





Step 2: Leave drawers aside.  Use a glue gun to fuse a stack of six matchbox covers.  Make sure the painted sides are facing the same direction.  In the end, you should have four stacks of six matchboxes each.








Step 3:  Form a cube with the four towers.  Each tower should face out a different direction (see picture).  Glue gun towers together.





Step 4: Measure and cut a cardboard top and bottom – but don’t glue them on yet!


Step 5: Measure and cut paper strips for drawer handles and for the bottoms of each drawer.
Number the handles 1-24.  Tape the numbered strips to the bottom of the boxes.  Then, glue in the drawer bottom.
Step 6: Place a personalized message in each drawer.

Step 7:  Decorate the cardboard top and stacks with some craft paper and other embellishments.

Step 8: Glue on the top and bottom, slide in the drawers and Advent away!


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