This week I whiled away a happy couple of hours making this advent for Ruby. I'm pretty pleased with the results.
Made from covered matchboxes it really can be made for pennies. I bought the matches in bulk and they worked out about 7p each (of course, I still have the matches...and ideas for this little lot? Crafting...large bonfire...)
I've not really done papercraft before, but enjoyed wielding a craft knife. I used decorative papers that came free with a magazine and some old magazines and maps. First cut out a cardboard template then cut your papers to size. Cover the matchbox outer using Pritt stick or similar, then add your numbers. I used silver stickers for the numbering but you could print and cut numbers.
Finally, I filled each box with a little treat for Ruby - hair bobbles and slides, rubbers and pencil sharpener, mini candy canes...
I saw a similar idea on the interweb and now I'm damned if I can find it again, so thanks to whoever I borrowed this from.
What I like most about it is you can adapt it to fit any look - use magazines, comics, wallpaper etc. You can also adapt the advent gifts to match the person.
I can't wait for the 1st of December now.