Last year I made an advent calendar. I was planning to use the same one again this year. But then I was asked to create one that could have a note put into it. The one from last year was pretty labor intensive, and being me, I had to come up with something different anyway.
I used matchboxes (real matchboxes, I just emptied the matches from them). It took three packages, as each package was 10 boxes.
At the bottom of the post, I’ve added the link to download the papers I used here. I created the digital patterns and numbers. You would need to cut them to 2 1/8” by 5”. (You can use any paper, cut to 2 1/8” x 5” strips if you don’t want to use my design).
Adhere one edge on one of the strike strips on the box, then complete the wrap around the box and adhere the other end.
I punched the numbers with a 3/4” circle and used my Martha Stewart scallop circle in red. You could also use a larger punch for nesting.
Then we stuck a magnet strip to the back of each box and placed it on a cookie sheet. You could also stick them to your fridge.
Boxes can be filled with a variety of items, starlight mints, jolly ranchers, a piece of gum (what I plan to do at my house) or a little note.
25 small match boxes
25 strips of paper cut 2 1/8" x 5
Circle punches/Scallop Punches that nest to 3/4" & 1"