I was originally going to make the entire Advent Calendar out of wood, but it was December 1st when I decided to make it and it would take too long to make all the boxes and or doors like other Advent calendars. I decided to use some watchmaker tins that I had bought from Harbor Freight. I think they are a pretty good solution, however you have to watch the sizes of the prizes as some may not fit.
Here are the tools I used:
(you could also use a coping saw...will just take longer.)
- Drill with 1 3/4 inch hole saw
. (This happened to fit my tins perfect, if you use some of the other options below, you will need to adjust the hole size accordingly.)
- Orbital Sander
(again...sandpaper will work fine...just takes longer.)
Materials:- 3/4 Plywood about 24 inches square
- Available at most Big Box home centers.- Watch Maker Tins
. You can try finding the big ones I used at your local Harbor Freight, but mine said they were discontinued, and I can't find them online. Luckily I found probably a better solution here: Lee Valley Tools
They have a set of 56 cases of various sizes for about 15 bucks.- Paint- Spray On Polyurethane
(optional)- Christmas Craft Paper
- Marker or Paint Pen- Glue or Epoxy
You can obviously use something other than Plywood, but it's what I had around and seemed to fit 25 tins in the configuration I wanted. In retrospect I should have used a pine board as the plywood edges were difficult to dress up. If you used a pine board you may need to change the proportions of the tree to fit the reduced width of the board.