My kids used to counts down the days to big events by counting 'how many sleeps' were left! They have started the Christmas countdown and so I thought it would be fun to make an advent calendar! We have never made one of these! I loved the tutorial on SplitCoast, but wasn't interested in paying that much for the tins to make it, so as per usual...we got creative! We used heart shaped baking tins ($1.00 for 24!), posterboard ($.47), wrapping paper ($2.00) tissue paper ($.97) some store bought stickers and bling ($3.00), candy ($3.00) and scrounged up the rest of the supplies from things we already had laying around the house! I wrapped all of the candy this morning before the kids woke up so that when it is their turn to open for the day it will be a surprise! I have four kids and they will get to take turns breaking the tissue paper and getting the candy! Youngest to oldest! I used the SU! spiral punch to stamp the numbers and we put them on the inside and the outside so that the numbers will still be visible after the tissue is broken! This was a fun project and the kids really enjoyed it!