I get my love of making things in part from my mom who did a variety of handcrafts when I was growing up. I enjoy making things for her because I know she always treasures anything handmade.
Sometime last fall I saw an Advent calendar made from a 24-section muffin tin. Small magnetized cardboard squares covered each opening with a small surprise in each section. My Mom's birthday is November 25, so I decided a "Christmas Memories" Advent calendar would be her gift for this year.
When I decided to make one for my mother, I used the basic principle from the one I saw, but I decided I would make small booklets to cover the openings. In each booklet, I recorded one memory from childhood years to present.
I decided to spray paint the muffin tin a bright Christmas red. I used old Christmas cards and tags to make the covers for each tiny booklet and attached those to chipboard squares which I had painted and then added decorative Christmas paper.
I added a circle with each day's number to the front of each little booklet. For each daily surprise, I bought miniature Christmas ornaments and added a small Christmas tree to her birthday package.
I wanted to add a larger booklet for Christmas Day. The tiny gift for December 25 was a miniature manger scene.
Since I only had 24 sections in the muffin tin, I got brave enough to get out my Dremel for the very first time to drill a hole on the bottom right to attach the booklet for the December 25. I also drilled a hole in the top for the gift tag and ribbon which made it possible to hang the "calendar" on the wall.