I wanted to capture a sort of "Grandma Moses" type scene incorporating the city skyline as the boxes reminded me of skyscrapers.
If this seems daunting you can easily adapt this to a 12 days of Christmas calendar or even the last week before Christmas calendar.
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24 0r 12 Halloween candy boxes
large piece of corrugated cardboard for the base
2 sided adhesive foam, glue dots or glue (even Velcro)
2 copies of printout of hiding places
Take your candy boxes and open along the seam they used to glue them together.
Turn inside out and re glue the long seam....use some clothespins to hold in place while the glue is setting up.
We are turning our boxes inside out as they are easier to paint this way (will only need 1 coat).
On the computer or by hand make a list of 24 hiding places in your house. Make sure you have 2 copies....one to keep as a reference and one to cut up. Cut the list into strips and put one in each box...make sure to write the # on the box somewhere so you can keep them straight. You can put it on the back and redo it on the front once you start painting.
I prefer this type of Advent calendar because it gives me more freedom with the treats that usually go inside the boxes...this way I can make them any size...I can substitute in tickets to Christmas show or activity....I tend to use
ornaments a lot...even our old heirloom ones...the child selecting that particular box will get to hang that special ornament on the tree. The kids love it because they never know what they will get and they enjoy the treasure hunt with the hiding places.
After you have put the slip of paper with the hiding place on it in the box refold the ends and glue into place. Use some elastic bands to hold it together while the glue is setting up. If your worried the kids won't be able to open the boxes you could just use tape or just tuck the ends in and leave the box open on one side...easier to access for those little fingers.
Using the large piece of cardboard as the backing plan out where the boxes will go and sketch out your design.
It doesn't need to be to elaborate...you could just do a landscape background and turn the boxes into snowmen or penguins.
You can trace around the boxes to have a plan of where everything goes while painting. I originally had 25 boxes but changed it to 24...just painted over #25.
Start painting your scene...paint your boxes to match. Make sure to put the number of the box somewhere on it where the kids can find it.
Attach your boxes with adhesive foam, glue dots or glue. You can even use Velcro dots so you can take the box off to open it if you want.
I used 2 sided adhesive foam as I intend the box to stay stuck to the background...the kids will just open the boxes from the side.