Even better they were on clearance for 50 CENTS each. I immediately thought they would make an amazing advent calendar. However as I mentioned there were only 15. I left for the next nearest Staples immediately. After the 30 minute drive I was very disappointed to find there were NONE there. BOO! Oh well I figured I could find some on the Internet, and headed home. I had one small problem I have to this day no idea what these are called. Do you? Feel free to enlighten me if you can. So then I had to figure out another option. Nothing a little trip to the Hobby Lobby couldn't fix. So off I went to the Lobby and found these little gems.
They are just your basic paper mache boxes, but they are roughly the same size and worked perfectly. I was ready to get started. I knew what I wanted, but I wasn't too sure how to accomplish it.
First I decorated the boxes.
The metal boxes were easy.
I simply cut strips of
to cover the sides...
Then I cut a matching circle for the top.
I found several different shapes in the paper mache boxes. Then I painted them, and even wrapped a few like gifts. You can do so many different things with them. It's really just whatever you like.
Then I added some magnets to the back.
Of course I needed some Zebra stripes. ;)
Last but not least I had to have some kind of metal board to hang them on. I knew just the man to call. You guessed it, DEAR OLD DAD. I described what I wanted and he whipped up a framed sheet of galvanized sheet metal. It was perfect. I painted the frame white, and added candy stripes with red vinyl.
Add all the boxes and VIOLA!
I love this Advent Calendar!
The best part is all the options. Last year we added all sorts of goodies for the boys to enjoy. We had candy, movie tickets, a card good for pictures with Santa, and dinner at each of the boys favorite places.
What would you put in there?
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