How to make a matchbox advent calendar

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Mark the beginning of the festive season and learn how to make a matchbox advent calendar with the kids, using this craft from Pippa Middleton's book 'Celebrate'. All you need is 25 matchboxes and some leftover wrapping paper. The kids will love counting down the days till Christmas and opening the advent calendar draws to find a small treat.


Pippa Middleton says: 'I first came across this idea when a school friend's mum made her a matchbox advent calendar. It's amazing what you can fit into a matchbox - this is all part of the challenge.'

How to make an advent calendar

Matchbox advent calendar craft equipment: 

  • 25 empty matchboxes
  • 25 buttons or split pins
  • Felt-tip pen colour of your choice
  • Double-sided tape
  • A glue stick
  • Wrapping paper of your choice

Matchbox advent calendar craft instructions:

Number 25 matchboxes using a felt-tip pen. Add a button or a short split pin to each drawer for the handle.


Stack the boxes in 5 tiers, drawer-side out, with number 25 at the top (see picture). Then fix the matchboxes together, using double-sided tape.


Glue a strip of wrapping paper around the edges to finish the matchbox advent calendar off.


Want more craft ideas from Pippa? Purchase a copy of 'Celebrate' by Pippa Middleton, HB £25, from Penguin Books. 




Where to next?

- Christmas countdown
- How to make Christmas crackers
- How to make a Christmas wreath

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