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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!

10 Gifts Under $10

-Rache’ll Brown

It’s that time of the year again – Thanksgiving is over, and the holidays are here! It’s time for peppermint-flavored everything, twinkling Christmas lights, and presents galore! However, getting gifts for all of your friends can be tough on your wallet, so here are 10 ideas for gifts $10 and under!

#10 A Gift Card
Sure, it’s the easy way out, but $10 to Starbucks or iTunes, along with a homemade card, is sure to put a smile on your friend’s face!

#9 OPI Nail Polish
For $8.50, get your best friend, sister, mom, girlfriend, whomever, some nail polish! A girl can never have enough, and OPI is the best. (Or, you can buy a set and split it amongst your friends!)

#8 Candles
Everyone loves candles, and they make the perfect gift. My favorite comes from Bath and Body Works – their small candles (4 oz.) are $10, and mini candles are $3.50.

#7 Something from Spencer’s
This really depends on the person’s humor. I found this to be particularly entertaining.

#6 Fuzzy Socks
Some people say socks make a lame gift. I say those people have never felt the comfort of some nice fuzzy socks.

#5 DVDs
Wal-mart has a $5 DVD bin full of hidden treasures.

#4 Perfume or Lotion
Like nail polish, ladies can’t have too many perfumes or lotions. Victoria’s Secret travel size lotions and perfumes are regularly $4 each, but there are holiday specials all of December.

#3 Mini Nerf Gun
Imagine the insanity that may ensue. Most stores sell them for about $9; so buy one for each of your friends for some old school fun.

#2 Oregon Shot Glass
You can’t have too many things with Oregon on it, and for the most part, at least you know your gift will be used. The Duck Store has a few varieties ranging from $5 to $10.

#1 Baked Goods
Nothing says love more than a little tasty something made from scratch.