Besides getting my mantel done before December 1st, I also wanted a little sumfin' else I had to hustle my buns to complete.
We get those lame, little ones at the grocery store that cost a $1 with wax "chocolate" inside of them, because I always think I'll build something awesome and then never do.
And then. . . BEHOLD!:
Punch A Bunch Christmas Advent? This will be mine. Oh yes. This will be mine.
I'm gonna use this every year, so of course I want it sturdy. Turned to my scraps in the gay-rage.
Used a piece of quarter inch plywood. Because if you know me, you know I always have quarter inch plywood hanging around. It's just so useful!
Just in case you wanted to know: I spaced my circles 5" apart from the center, and the circle size I used is 3". I used the circular drill bit I was supposed to give back to the Daddy-o a long time ago and still haven't. . .sorry Daddy-o.
Ew. Now it's time to paint. You know? I don't have to hate to paint. I just. . . if I just never had to tape anything off. Or cut anything in. Or paint little nooks and crannies. And if everything just needed only one coat. And if everything was just a straight, flat wall. And the roller never needed to be reloaded with paint.
And if it wasn't my arm.
So! I painted this here board, and stamped some numbers on there.
(Oh, look! I finally finished my glass tile backsplash! And, I got my sink all cleaned up, too! Some things actually get finished around here! But we'll talk about that later.)
Here's where I tell you that I originally had plans to make an awesome "case" for this. Have a base, some sides-- even a backing to hide everything behind it. I'd run those pieces of wood through the table saw-- make a groove so you can slide the front in and out. . . wow.
Then I came to my senses. I'd make a relatively free project cost a fortune, weigh a thousand pounds, take 10 times longer, and be hard to store. Hellllloooo.
Maybe next year I'll make it better.
(Note: this will never happen.)
I took these cups I found at the dollar store, slightly larger than the openings, and placed little treats inside.
These treats may or may not be old Halloween candy, because I forgot to purchase treats. If that disgusts you, well, then. . . that's not what I did.
Covered 'em with tissue paper and secured with a rubber band. . .and. . .voila.
I seriously underestimated the excitement factor for this calendar. Kids flipped a coin over who punch a bunch's first. I might even use this for birthdays.