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how to make a halloween advent calendar

I’ve been feeling kind of crafty lately and I’ve been itching to make something. I couldn’t quite place what I wanted to create, but I knew I wanted something that could be repurposed depending on my mood. When I had a hankering for candy the other night, it finally occurred to me! I ended up making a Halloween “Advent” calendar, and today I’ll show you how to make your own!

making a halloween advent calendar

This was such a super cheap project. I started with a piece of sheet metal that had a lip in the back. You could mount something to the back of it with a drill, or tuck a piece of twine into the lip to hang it. Figure out what you want to do before you begin. I then grabbed up some crafty things I found at the store- little rafia bowspumpkins, acornslittle favor tins and magnets.

 

small favors tintreat jars with magnets

This is the part where I had a major AHA! moment. These little round magnets are uber powerful. I figured I would hot glue them to the backs of the metal tins and then when I went to go and stick it on the back it sucked right on to the back. Whoa! I think I skipped a few days of science class if I literally didn’t see that coming. For this project I didn’t even bother hot glue the magnets, but depending on what you are putting in the tins, you may want to glue them for extra support. kit kat bar

Now here is the fun part. I had picked up some assorted Hershey’s candies at the store, and the bite sized candies that came in each were absolutely perfect for these tins. I’ve been munching on the candy for a few days, I filled up 31 of these tins for the 31 days in October, and I still have a TON left for trick-or-treaters. 

halloween in store photomagnets on sheet metal

Now that these had a magnet attached to them, I secured them to the sheet metal. I started at the bottom and spaced them like a calendar, except for only five tins fit across the front, so I did clusters of five. Every candy in the Hershey’s bag fit except for the suckers!

halloween crafts

I had some of these fall decorations left so I decided to hot glue some magnets to the back to decorate the sheet metal. I also had the idea during this project to create a print to put on the top to advertise for Halloween!

hot gluing the craft

Below are some pictures of the finished product. I’m pretty proud of it! 

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And of course, I had lots of spooky treats left over so I put some spider webbing over a bowl and filled it up with the remaining treats! I can’t wait for Halloween!

Do you have a favorite Halloween craft? What do you like to make?

2 Comments on DIY Halloween Advent Calendar

  1. Jessica T
    October 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm (2 years ago)

    This is such a cute idea! Love it!

    Reply
  2. Tamra
    October 9, 2015 at 7:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Very cool…versatile too!

    Reply

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