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DIY Matchbox Advent Calendar

-Whitney Menefee

During Thanksgiving break, I decided to get creative and make an advent calendar for the month of December. The project was inexpensive, easy, and a fun afternoon do-it-yourself craft project. There are many different traditions during the holiday season and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are one way to get into the holiday spirit. The total cost of the project was $6—not bad for a fun, festive craft! The Dollar Store has great deals and is a great place to buy supplies for the project. Here are the instructions on how to make it:

What you’ll need:
– 25 matchboxes
– Hot glue gun
– Double-sided tape
– Festive wrapping paper
– Number stickers or markers
– Candy
– Scissors

Step by step:

First, take the matches out of the matchboxes and make sure they are all empty before starting the project. Once the matchboxes are empty use, double-sided tape to attach a row of nine matchboxes together. Follow the same directions for a row of seven matchboxes, five matchboxes, and three matchboxes.

Then, measure each row and wrap the sides of the matchboxes with strips of wrapping paper. Once the matchbox rows are wrapped, fill each individual slot with a piece of candy.
Once the matchboxes are filled with candy, stack the rows from largest to smallest with the row of nine matchboxes on the bottom and the single matchbox on the very top. Then, use a hot glue gun to glue the bottoms of the rows into place.

Use number stickers or markers to label each of the boxes from 1-25. Make sure to jumble the order of the numbers so you have to hunt for each day.

Lastly, use a festive decoration to place on top of the calendar.

In my family, it’s a tradition that the day after Thanksgiving is a time to prepare for the Christmas holiday. I hope this DIY craft inspires you to create your own holiday traditions!

My 5 Favorite Dessert Places in Eugene

-Whitney Menefee

Ever since I moved to Eugene last fall I have been to more dessert places than I’m willing to admit. From ice cream parlors to pastry shops, I have eaten at them all. It is truly amazing how many quality handmade dessert spots there are in Eugene. I have found that the new trending theme for Eugene dessert shops is making their desserts healthier as well as providing organic, vegan, and gluten-free options for their customers. After over a year of adventuring through many different dessert spots, I have finally come up with a list of my top five favorite dessert shops in Eugene. Are you ready?

Here they are:

#1 Vanilla Jill’s Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla Jill’s is a locally owned dessert shop known for its handmade organic frozen yogurt. The organic froyo shop has vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free options. My personal favorite is the Vegan Vanilla flavor with dairy-free chocolate chips. If you are not a chocolate chip fan, don’t worry! They also have a variety of local fruit toppings! Vanilla Jill’s has three Eugene locations. For UO students, their most convenient location is on East 24th Avenue and Hilyard Street, next to Sundance Natural Foods.

#2 Sweet Life Patisserie

Located on 755 Monroe Street, Sweet Life Patisserie is an organic pastry shop with a wide range of handmade baked goods. Sweet Life is known for its locally grown ingredients and allergy-friendly dessert options. They have egg-free, dairy-free, vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free pastries. My favorite Sweet Life dessert is the egg-free, gluten-free pumpkin pie. It will definitely be a dessert option at my house this Thanksgiving!

#3 Goody’s


Goody’s is an ice cream and candy shop that is new to Eugene. All of its candy and ice cream is handmade from scratch at the Goody’s factory in Bend, Oregon. They have over one hundred different types of candy options as well as a wide range of ice cream flavors. I’m from Bend, so I have grown up eating Goody’s ice cream and candy since I was little, and my favorite dessert has always been the chocolate-covered gummy bears. So delicious! Goody’s is located on 296 East 5th Avenue at the 5th Street Public Market.

#4 Prince Puckler’s Gourmet Ice Cream


Conveniently close to the UO campus, Prince Puckler’s is located on East 19th Avenue and Agate Street. Prince Puckler’s is one of my favorite dessert shops in Eugene because their ice cream is the creamiest handmade ice cream I have ever had! My favorite flavor is the Oreo cookie ice cream. It may not be organic or vegan, but it’s delicious!

#5 The Divine Cupcake

The Divine Cupcake has two locations in Eugene. I always go to the cart location on the corner of East 5th Avenue and Pearl Street. All of the baked goods are organic and vegan and can also be made gluten-free, soy-free, or nut-free. One of my favorite treats at The Divine Cupcake is the cake pops because they are beautiful, sparkly, and delicious!