My good friend Amy from Craftster.org made the most fantastic Steampunk advent calendar last year around Christmastime. After seeing that, I got a huge bee in my bonnet about making a more traditional version for each of my girls. Although I found the paper maché boxes in November of 2010, I didn't finish these up until this fall.
I did my best to make them similar, but different enough so the girls can tell whose is whose. Here's what I made for my older daughter:
And here's the calendar for my younger daughter:
The background papers are all from Graphic45, and the images are mostly from Alpha Stamps.
I kept the sides and back simple, just using coordinating papers:
Hopefully the girls will use these for many years to come.