* matchbox advent calendar

Posted on November 27th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday.

This was really fun to make. I’ve been wanting an advent calendar for a while now. (Here’s an old post about an earlier abortive attempt.) Finally everything just clicked for this one. I’m super happy with it. Plus, I made it completely of supplies I already had, including some washi paper I got in Japan that I’d been hoarding. I glued a band of washi around each box, plus another strip to cover the ends and line the inside. Then I poked a hole in the end, threaded through some waxed twine, and tied a knot to secure it. I wrote numbers on wooden beads to thread on the twine hanger. Once we get our Christmas tree up, they will hang on the tree.

So, what’s inside? Each day has a slip of quilling paper with a craft supply/idea I can use to make an ornament. Hopefully by Christmas, I’ll have 24 new ornaments. We’ll see how many I actually do. I’ll post each day’s idea if you want to play along at home.



23 Responses to “matchbox advent calendar”

  1. eireann Says:

    they look so pretty all together. I’ve been wanting to make a little ‘chest-of-drawers’ out of matchboxes for an advent calendar–hmm, maybe next year, after grad school is over… ;) Neat idea!!

  2. Nichola Says:

    What a brilliant idea, i’m going for the stocking advent calander this year, still need to put stuff in them though, any ideas for a 19 month old?

  3. Blair Says:

    I absolutely love this idea. The wasabi paper, the wooden beads, its all great! This is one of my favorite advents so far.

  4. Diane Says:

    This is an amazing idea, and a gorgeous execution. I love the concept of making an ornament each day in the season. Bravo!!

  5. Diane Gilleland Says:

    This is an amazing idea, and a gorgeous execution. I love the concept of making an ornament each day in the season. Bravo!!

  6. laura r. Says:

    O this is great!

  7. Carol Says:

    So lovely! They’ll be so pretty hanging from the tree!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Are those special match boxes? They look really plain. Can you buy them plain w/out the matches or a label?

  9. kath Says:

    love your advent calendar, the papers are wonderful, what a great idea

  10. Maitreya Says:

    Thanks for all the compliments! The matchboxes are plain white. I actually nabbed them from lab, where we were using them for storing electron microscope grids. I’m sure you can find them elsewhere, though. Good luck!

  11. Michele Says:

    That’s an awesome idea! Looking forward to seeing what’s in each one.

  12. amy k. Says:

    wow! these are so very cool!!

  13. Lu Says:

    These are very nice. What a great idea.

  14. laurie Says:

    what a great idea! they look lovely – i bet they’ll be even prettier on the tree. :)

  15. Hanna Says:

    Aw, my favourit idea, the matchbox thing. YOurs are cool. I will come back to see if I get some ornament inspiration even though I don’t christmas craft so often! :-)

    take care!

  16. Jess Says:

    they are so lovely! Look forward to seeing the creations….

  17. belinha Says:

    Pretty cool!Greetings from fan in Portugal- I wish this advent calendar was my idea!! Meeeerrrrry Xtmas!!!!

  18. andrea Says:

    What a great idea! I might make it with my own matchboxes… Instructions here:

    p.s. I love the papers you chose too! Very pretty!

  19. joseph Says:

    what kind of matchboxes did you use? They look handmade.

  20. Julie Says:

    What a gorgeous calendar! For anyone looking for matchboxes, you can order them from the Oriental Trading Company, but they are called “paper drawer boxes”. They cost about $4 for a dozen, if I remember correctly.

  21. Melissa Says:

    I love this advent… I was searching on google and your came up and i may do something like this but with xmas papers and such!!


  22. anonymous Says:

    So totally awesome:-] Kids love these

  23. Levanah Darlene Ruthschild Says:


    And… i found your piece on advent calendars, linked to here, read & admired the boxes, & settled in to read the comments; part way through, you peeked in to say thanks & to answer some of the questions … and only then did i see your *name*! Maitreya…so lovely, in sound and meaning!…and so unusual. In fact, until now, i have only ever known one person with that name: *my daughter*!!!

    I hope you are enjoying living w/ such a name!


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