With all this time on my hands with not working I have just completed my first advent box. First of all I painted all the boxes - thanks for that tip Jill at Cardinal Colours! I then set about covering each box with some free papers I had put aside from Crafting magazines. To complete the look i added lots of sparkle. This is probably the first craft project I am pleased with. Don't get me wrong i can see the mistakes I made along the way but in truth I loved doing it. I have made it for my 17 year old son. Possibly the next best thing has been buying all the surprises to go inside the boxes - some edible, some fun and some sensible. I'm going to make one for my hubby for next year who is feeling a bit left out!!