DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

DIY matchbox advent calendar

DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

I have this feeling that this year, more than ever, November passed in the blink of an eye. It’s like Christmas swallowed Halloween whole, a Christmas tree grew from pumpkin seeds overnight, and lanterns found themselves coexisting peacefully with fairy lights in store windows. Do you get the same feeling? Maybe it’s just me, but regardless, the month is almost over, and if you plan on making an advent calendar, you have to start right away. The good news – besides having candy at hand every day of December – is that the materials for this one are easy to find and mostly recycled. 

DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

DIY matchbox advent calendar 

DIY matchbox advent calendar - KittenhoodDIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

What you need:

  • 24 matchboxes
  • craft paper and glue
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • string
  • awl
  • (optional) number stamps
  • 24 straight pins
  • 2 shoeboxes
  • small candy

DIY matchbox advent calendar - KittenhoodDIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

Remove the match sticks from the boxes. Measure the height and circumference of a box, then cut 24 pieces of craft paper in that size. Glue each piece of paper around a matchbox. 

DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

Next, cut a piece of string that’s about 3 times as long as the matchbox. Knot the ends together. Make a hole on each side of the “drawer” part of the matchbox. Pass the string through box holes, as shown in the photos. Repeat for the other 23 matchboxes, using the same string length. 

DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

Stamp each box with a number from 1 to 24. Alternatively, write the numbers by hand. 

DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

Fill each matchbox with candy. Place the shoeboxes on top of one another and glue them, or use a bigger box if you have one at hand. Place 12 straight pins on each side of the box, and hang the matchboxes in the proper order. 

DIY matchbox advent calendar - Kittenhood

P.S. Or try this edible advent calendar instead!