Matchbox Advent Calendar

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This has to be the cutest little advent calendar that ever walked the earth!

ahhhh….ok, so…you know what I mean.

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Teeny, tiny drawers filled with teeny, tiny prizes. Absolutely adorable and better still–it cost well under $5 to make. You could actually make one of these for each of your children and spend less than you would buying them a Happy Meal. And this was just soooo fun.

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The main purchase is the little match boxes. I found them at the grocery store and get this–packs of ten were 93 cents! You’ll need 3- 10 packs.

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Empty the matches into a large Ziplock bag and put them in your storage.

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Be on the lookout for tiny prizes…

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You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find once you start looking.

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Tape the boxes together in groups that will be stacked up in columns of 8 boxes.

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I did a 3 stack and a 5 stack. Then I did the rest in groups of 4.

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Now group them together and make sure they are all level with each other.

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First I taped two columns together and then all three. Don’t worry about how ugly the tape is–it’s not going to show.

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Find some skinny, Christmasy ribbon and cut into 24 pieces about 3 inches long.

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I used wide packaging tape to stick them in loops to the bottom of each box. It’s more sticky and sturdy–and we want the pull loops to stay put. I experimented with big loops and shorter loops–the shorter ones worked much better.

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Number the boxes as you go along–that is much easier than going back and working around all the ribbon.

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Now cover the back and sides with your favorite Christmas wrapping scraps.

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Now, have fun finding tiny little prizes…

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and flat-ish candy…

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to fill the drawers.

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Now in just a couple of days—let the merry countdown BEGIN!

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Debbie H.

Happy Birthday Debbie!

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