This is an advent calendar I made last year. I cut each box out on my Cricut (using bags, tags, boxes and more), folded them, covered them in Christmas paper, and cut out the numbers too. It was very tedious, but it served it’s purpose well….each box had candy and a scripture in it. Only problem was you can’t really store it for keeping, so all that work was for nothing, it only lasted one year.
SO, I needed to make a new one this year, but I wanted it to last! I found a plain wooden one for sale on Amazon.
I lightly sanded it and painted it green
I then cut out small tags (using Bags, Tags, Boxes and more) and stamped the numbers on them, and modge podged it all to the front of the drawers (tip: the drawers are not all the same size, make sure the drawers fit before you number them, if you want them in numerical order).
I used the Believe paper from Close to My Heart (I am a consultant, clicking on the link will take you to my personal sales page).
Spray the drawers with a finishing spray to water proof and help them last longer! (Remove drawers before spraying).
A keepsake advent for about $35!
(Note: If you do not own a Cricut, the paper can be easily sized and cut by hand using a paper trimmer, and tags can be printed, free hand cut or punched!)
There are lots more great ideas for advent on PINTEREST, here are a few of my favorite:
Originally posted at Latter Day Homeschooling