Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 2 2001
Remove matches from 24 matchboxes; glue the boxes in three stacks of eight.
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.
With acrylic paint, number the front of each drawer. Turn the chest around; paint a tree or other design on the back.
Remove drawers and glue a ribbon tab on the underside of each drawer on the numbered end.
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.
This Advent calendar starts as a miniature chest of 24 drawers. As its drawers are removed and reversed, a picture is revealed.