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« on: December 06, 2010 09:02:15 PM »

I jumped on the matchbox advent calendar bandwagon this year Smiley. I was inspired by one I saw on Sweet Paul (http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/my_weblog/) as well as many of the calendars others have shared here!



I took some in-process photos in case anyone is interested in how I did this.

I stamped 25 matchboxes and then lined them each with holiday papers.



I glued the outsides of the boxes together with hot glue. I row of 9, one of 7, one of 5, etc...


I wrapped each row in holiday paper and then hot glued the wrapped rows together in the shape of a tree.


Last but not least, I filled each box with special treats and whimsies!



Happy holidays, everyone! Thanks for looking Smiley.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2010 09:37:40 PM »

So pretty! I love the way you made this!
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2010 09:51:35 PM »

Very cool! I like it a lot!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2010 10:32:23 PM »

This is AMAZING! I love all the wooden advents I've seen redecorated, but I seriously love the idea of using matchboxes!! It's awesome, and i wish I had thought of it!!! Well, I'll be wisting, adding to my favorite projects, and putting something similar on my to do list.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010 10:41:46 PM »

So cool!  I saw something similar to this at Target for $30!!  I think I'll go ahead and make one now with this as inspiration Smiley

Thanks for sharing!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010 11:00:03 PM »

I absolutely LOVE this!!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2010 12:01:14 AM »

That's a great idea! Love the scale.
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2010 05:06:30 AM »

My kids would love this!
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2010 07:52:44 AM »

Awesome!!  I love how the boxes stack up like a tree and the numbers on the ends are genius Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2010 08:02:20 AM »

Thank you all for the thoughtful comments! I'm glad you like it.

It really was easy to make and I hope others will give it a try. I think I would use wrapping paper instead of card stock next time though. The creasing and scoring of the thick paper is what took the longest Smiley.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2010 08:26:40 AM »

This is great; I love the tree shape! You found some cute little gifties to go in there, as well.  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2010 11:45:23 AM »

LOVE it! So fantastically cute Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2010 02:07:31 PM »

Wow this is awesome! Thanks for sharing. Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2010 04:23:06 AM »

I made 3 of these for my kids ages 15, 11 and 9 and the just love them. I do this differently every year and this is there favorite so far.   Cheesy When they get home from school, it is the first thing they run to.  lol!  Thank you so much for sharing. 

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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2010 11:47:58 AM »

I love it! Maybe next Christmas, though . . .
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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2010 12:16:22 PM »

This is a really cool idea. I like the tree-shape! I bookmarked it, so maybe I'll make one for next Christmas. I just have no idea where I could get 24 matchboxes until then...   Huh
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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2010 07:24:30 PM »

This is a really cool idea. I like the tree-shape! I bookmarked it, so maybe I'll make one for next Christmas. I just have no idea where I could get 24 matchboxes until then...   Huh

I managed to find the matchboxes at the grocery store - next to the fire logs and lighter fluid Smiley. I picked up a ton of them!

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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2010 12:06:22 PM »

Wow! I've never seen this done before but I love the idea! Thanks for sharing Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2010 06:21:44 PM »

I love this, and the papers you chose are adorable!
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« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2010 04:37:07 PM »

First off, I'd like to say that this is awesome and is currently on my list of Things-to-do-next-Christmas  Wink 

Second, but in no way the least... I LOVE that gum!  As a kid, my day wasn't complete without a visit to the village Mom & Pop store to buy a handful of those fragrant and flavorful pieces of heaven.  My mom still puts them in the care packages she sends me.  I mean really, who wouldn't love a gum that came with tattoo just for you Grin Grin
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« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2010 02:16:59 AM »

That is so fun! I love unique advent calendars
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« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2010 09:58:20 AM »

This is so awesome and adorable!
I received my first advent calendar while living in germany. My friend and I spoiled the fun of it by opening all of the little tabs at once to get to the chocolate. Embarrassed
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« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2010 12:27:40 PM »

Thanks Everyone!

DasGutterPup - I always used to cheat with the chocolate advent calendars too Smiley.
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« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2010 07:44:00 PM »

This is awesome? Where did you find the cute little trinkets??
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« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2010 11:52:34 AM »

This is awesome? Where did you find the cute little trinkets??

Thanks! I got most of the trinkets at the coolest most fun shop in Seattle, Archie McPhee's Smiley. http://www.mcphee.com/shop/
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« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2010 07:02:05 PM »

Haha, I just realized I ended "This is awesome" with a question mark, I meant to put a ! Tongue
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« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2010 06:52:15 AM »

hi, I want to know how to do this using otherthings instead of matchboxes
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« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2010 12:41:22 PM »

This is great. I've been trying to figure out a way to make advent calenders for next year. Smiley
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Totally love the matchbox advent idea !
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« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2013 02:54:53 PM »

So fantastic!
...now imagining what little treasures I can find to fit into matchboxes Grin


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