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« on: November 12, 2008 01:20:04 PM »

I want to make my sister's family their first "family" advent calendar...i have limited supplies including those cute little matchstick boxes commonly used (i can't find them anywhere!) does anyone have any ideas for and advent calendar using other materials?
thanks!! Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008 10:48:22 PM »

Do you mean the matchboxes that slide? We sell them at my grocery store in packages of 12. Look in the "picnic" or firewood section. Hope that helps Wink
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008 11:02:12 PM »

Oh i have TONS of ideas! I think this is what you are asking, if not oh well haha..
so one year i made advent calendars for all the kids in my family.
I'll start with the forms first:
 for one person my idea was to get the easter eggs(thrift stores maybe?), spray paint them green/red/silver/gold whatever  and run a string through them all like beads on a necklace, put the treats inside each egg with, of course the number of the day on the outside.

for another, I took a tall shallow box, like the kind a long skinny picture frame would come in, then i cut 24 holes in it and stuck tp rolls in the holes, put the treats in the tp rolls and glued red and green circles on the ends of the tp rolls.

for another I did the same thing but with film canisters (which any photo developing place should be able to give you a ton of, i had the most success at costco, seems they clean out less often or something)

Then the fillings:
candy (duh), little slips of paper with jokes written on them or fun facts. maybe a slip of paper with a daily " treasure hunt" on it ex: find a person in a red sweater and then put a check in the box next to it...um.. cant really think of any more...
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2008 12:09:45 PM »

Last year Starbucks had these little mitten gift card holders that I'm using to make an advent calendar.  I'm sure you could do a similar thing with mitten garlands from the dollar or craft store.  Cute!
I just made it and I think it looks great!  My husband hung it in our hallway.  I can't find my gold glitter glue pen, but when I do, I'm going to go over the numbers.  I just put little do-dads in each one.  Fun!

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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2008 12:37:59 AM »

I so much want to make a advent calender and have been looking at all the ideas, but what to do with 3 kids... Do you guys make one for each ?? because all the mittens, socks, etc. to put something in is so small - don't think i can fit 3 in at one time... Am i just having a blond moment ??
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2008 12:48:18 AM »

for 3 little ones i'd say make each their own, unless you have some heavy weight fabric lying around
my friend and his brother had a green felt christmas tree and each decoration on it was a numbered pocket and their treats were in there, if you made something like that you can make the pouches any size you like
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2008 01:00:40 AM »

Weellll TryEverything, Why don't you do bigger containers? last month I went to a local shoe store (footlocker i think...) and they were able to give me around 30 shoe boxes (make sure you go on the weekend!)  most were the same shape/size/color (nike). It might take up a lot of space...but you could stack them against the wall and number the ends just like a calendar...But if you wanted to still go with the smaller size, you could still just do one. I'm not sure how old your children are, but if they are old enough to play games you could put only one present in each and then also include a piece of paper with a challenge on it, and the kid who completes the challenge first gets to keep the present... they challenges could be like paper rock scissors even, or treasure hunts, or "whoever can hug mommy first" etc etc
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2008 04:16:39 AM »

I made this one last year. There were actually two, one for each of my kids.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210251.msg2254036#msg2254036

These are different ones I found searching Craftster:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132553.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=126742.0
http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2007/11/advent-calendar.html?cid=128594302#comment-128594302
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2008 10:15:02 AM »

Thanks so much guys...

Harvey your ideas are so cool !!! I love yours where you hid the goodies... how did you the kids them not to peek Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2008 11:01:49 AM »

i just had an idea that i think is sort of genius - a badge advent calendar!

it'd basically be a festive fabric square with a badge pinned on for each day. they could be badges with numbers on, or all kinds of badges with numbers above them. you could dress it up or down as much as you wanted to. the recipient would have an awesome new badge to wear every day (who doesn't love a new badge for their satchel?) and if you used numbered ones, they would be a human advent calendar!
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