However, we were still very charmed by this recycle bin advent calendar, made entirely from the contents of a recycle bin (plus some glue and tape). All of the directions are over at craftastica.
This seems like it would be a fantastic project to do with a little one. Just cut out your favorite holiday-themed images from that pile of catalogs you've been collecting, slap on some glue, and there you go.
It's pretty adorable. Much better than store-bought, we think.