Ta da! The advent calendar is done, well pretty much done. It's a string of chirstmas lights. One of you guessed correctly! But there were some good ideas out there: an advent abacus, a ferris wheel. Next year. There are only twenty lights, but I figure I'll save some making for next christmas or add them if I have time this month (ha!). There are treats in the bulbs and the lights fit in their little sockets, but they aren't held in by anything--just the power of felt. This calendar is for lightweight treats only or bits of paper with sugarless activities on them. I went with candy because my kids are still young enough to think it's the best thing in the universe.
I'd be happy to write up a quick tutorial (with patterns) if there are a lot of you that would like to make one. It's not difficult at all. The hand sewing is a little time consuming, but it's nothing a few movies won't fix. If you sewed the bulbs on it would make a nice Christmas decoration for this year (or next). If you'd like to see more pictures of it you can click here and here. And there are lots more fantastic calendars here and here.