Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The matchbox advent calendar

This is what I made last year for my niece and nephew. Its a wooden sleigh which has been decorated with Blonde Moments papers (painted first - I used emulsion) and filled with different sized boxes with chocs in. Sorry pic is so small I pinched it from my docraft gallery!

So I wanted the advent calendar to match.

I began by painting the inside drawers of the matchboxes. Then stuck them together in stacks.

I then covered them with paper. The top and bottom are mountboard covered with the paper too.

Ive cut pictures from the blonde moments papers to add to the sides. Used Vellum stickers - by Brenda Pinnock to add a little interest. Then punched holes in the drawers and added ribbon knotted to give a little handle.

Shock horror another use of peels offs for the numbers! Then a chipboard tree triple embossed and stamped with a BM tree stamp and swished with silver pearl pigment powder for the top.

I hope they like it!
Now this next bit i can take no credit for. My craft buddy Averil made 2 last year for her own children whilst we were at the craft retreat at Malham. Her idea - as the drawers are small - was to put inside a little clue or instruction for each child which over the 24 days would lead to the house being trimmed up for Christmas. How cool is that? No reward except the pleasure of decorating your home for the excitement ahead. I really liked this idea so asked SIL if she would be up for it before I made the advent calendar and I think she is keen as she bought the matchboxes! So I have some tiny envelopes from Kanban that she can pop a message inside for them.

Bless my nephew said - so tactfully the other day when I said I was making an advent calendar for them - "Auntie Janet - you might be a little disappointed when I tell you this but Gran always buys me a lego advent calendar but we can have 2 you know" How sweet. I reaasurred him I knew about Grans calendar but this would be very different.
So that along with the santa easel card was my crafting on Tuesday at Embsay. Im back again on Saturday this time making a banner for friend. So watch this space x
HAGD Janet


  1. Love it Janet - what a brilliant idea!
    In awe of your embossing skills too - have never mastered triple embossing.
    Sue xx

  2. You have been busy Janet. I love this and the idea of putting clues in to decorate the house is inspired, much better that chocs, although whether the kids think is debatable!!!!!


  3. Beautiful Janet and a great idea for the little surprizes!
    x Michelle

  4. this is great what a fab idea love it xx

  5. WOW ~ first off...i love that sleigh
    and WOWZA ~ love love love that advent calendar...rawkin kewl chickie!

  6. snap janet!!!great minds eh.ive done one of these too this week!!!love yoursxxx
    debbie xxx

  7. Janet you have such patience and talent, I love this, I would like to try this, but it will probably be next year...LOL. My Granny on my Dad's side always spelt my name Averil, that is why I knew the difference off the 2 grannies when they sent me a card. LOL. Hugs Avril xxx


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