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M Is for Matchbox Advent Calendar




This Advent calendar starts as a miniature chest of 24 drawers. As its drawers are removed and reversed, a picture is revealed.


  • 24 matchboxes
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ribbon
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Small treats


  1. Step 1

    Remove matches from 24 matchboxes; glue the boxes in three stacks of eight.

  2. Step 2

    Glue stacks together to make the chest, then cut a strip of paper to wrap around the sides of the chest; glue it in place.

  3. Step 3

    With acrylic paint, number the front of each drawer. Turn the chest around; paint a tree or other design on the back.

  4. Step 4

    Remove drawers and glue a ribbon tab on the underside of each drawer on the numbered end.

  5. Step 5

    From construction paper, cut a square backing for the chest to keep drawers in place and hide the image; attach it at the edges with glue. Fill drawers with small treats and notes, and slip them back into the chest.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 2 2001



Reviews (5)

  • iHEARThandmade 26 Nov, 2011

    i LOVE this! any ideas for tiny gifts to fit??

  • 1paintedpet 7 Dec, 2010

    It's amazing what can be created with a bit of paper and paint. I think the miniature nature of this project would really appeal to children.

  • fraserkr 28 Nov, 2010

    very cute idea

  • Marapuama 10 Nov, 2010

    Super pomys?ог

  • OliviaMK 1 Dec, 2007

    That is the cutest thing I've ever seen, I'll definately be making one of those for my new little niece. These holiday ideas are fantastic!