My sister asked Santa for an advent calendar this year, and I plan to craft it myself using this easy how-to video
. Thanks, Howcast! For handy instructions, read on!:
Decorate a piece of cardboard or poster board large enough to hold 24 small boxes, envelopes, or pouches. Cut the cardboard into a holiday shape, such as a Christmas tree, wreath, or snowman.
Decorate your containers. The possibilities are endless: You could paint them, draw patterns, cover them with sequins-use your imagination.
Number the containers 1 to 24 by whatever means you like-construction paper cutouts, magic marker, holiday stickers, and so on.
Glue the containers to the cardboard. You can arrange them randomly or in a pattern. Make sure the containers are attached in a way that allows them to be opened easily.
In each container, place a surprise-like a piece of candy or small toy.
On December 1st, begin opening a container a day, starting with the one labeled "1."
Continue this fun daily ritual until the final box is opened on Christmas Eve!