I happened to have a new muffin tin left over from a wedding reception I did not attend, (I know, I am bad) I kept meaning to deliver the gift, but now the gift receipt expired. Maybe I will get them something else. I have a year, right?
It is only a 12 hole muffin tin. But I decided to make it work!
I made a 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar!
patterned paper (I used gift wrap, too.)
number stickers or sharpies
I found the magnetic canvas sheets at a craft store. It is like a sheet of paper with a large magnet glued on it. I was able to easily cut it to fit over the air vent. It stuck there (lightly) without any glue or tape.
I used a cup to trace 12 circles on the magnetic sheet. I cut the circles out and they fit nicely over the muffin spaces.
I used a small mason jar lid to trace 12 circles on patterned paper. I cut the circles out and glued them on the circle magnets with a glue stick.
I used a vitamin jar lid to trace 12 circles out of green and red construction paper. I cut the circles out. I put number stickers on the circles. I glued the numbered circles on the patterned paper. (I ran out of number stickers and drew the number 20 with a silver sharpie. I drew the number 2 in '21' with a black sharpie. I can't really tell and I am not a perfectionist, luckily!)
I found little trinkets for the little boy and girl who will love to open the numbers for a little gift each day! Candy would work, too, but I think their Mom doesn't let them have candy everyday. Stickers would work. Or magnetic pictures in the bottom of the muffin spaces.
I don't feel like drilling two holes into the thick metal so I can thread a large ribbon through the holes to hang it on the wall. This will have to be a table calendar. :-)
The teacher in me will point out to the kids that the black numbers are odd numbers and the white numbers are even. I would use chocolate chips or something to show that even numbers have buddy-pairs and odd numbers have a leftover. I would mix the numbers up and have them practice putting the numbers back n order.
Overall it was a fun project and I am pleased with how it turned out!