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How to make DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar

This year I wanted to make my boys an advent calendar of their own. I fondly remember the Christmas countdown when I was little and every 1st of December, my Mom would hang her handmade Christmas Advent Calendar for us to discover treats every morning before going to school. This year, I’ve made a DIY Toilet Roll advent calendar and it’s so simple and easy to do, so save the toilet roll tubes (ask your family too) and you can make one too!

Once you’ve got 24 toilet roll tubes (the cardboard roll you find at the end of the toilet paper) save them up and once the children have gone to bed, you can make your very own advent calendar. I’ve used countdown stickers from The Sticker Site but you can print off your own if you have them or use other numbered embellishments. I love how this type of advent calendar is so personal, you could include your children’s favourite chocolates, toys or stationery. There’s so many options of what to include inside and can be as cheap or as lavish as you wish.

What you’ll need

  • 24 toilet roll tubes
  • Numbered stickers or embellishments
  • Festive washi tape
  • Twine or string
  • Contents of your advent calendar

How to make your DIY Toilet Roll advent calendar

  • Take your toilet roll tubes and ensure it is free from any remaining toilet paper.

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

  • Using your thumbs, at one end, fold in both sides to overlap slightly

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

  • Fill your tube with whatever you fancy.

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

This advent calendar is for my 6 year old. He’s got chocolate, little bits of stationery, mini figures, cars, finger puppets and springy monsters inside his advent calendar. You can use all sorts to fill your tubes with, these are things I’ve collected throughout the last couple of months and as soon as the Christmas chocolates are in the shops. When I make his little brothers advent calendar, I’ll be making it age appropriate for him.

  • Once the tube is filled, fold in the open end so the treat is enclosed inside

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

  • Taking your choice of washi tape, wrap the tube to secure the treat inside
  • I’ve used twine to double secure the tube as washi tape can come unstuck. You can tie a bow, use a knot or fix a hanging loop onto the tube.

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

  • The last step is to add the numbered embellishment, I’ve stuck the sticker on the front so my son can easily find which package he can open each day.

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

I am so pleased with how this has turned out. It looks fantastic and I’ll be adding the advent calendar to a wooden box to display on 1st December for my son to delve into. You could also add loops and hang your advent calendar pride of place, the possibilities are endless.

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

DIY Toilet Roll Advent Calendar MrsShilts

Comments

  1. Debbie Skerten says

    This is fantastic. I love this idea. So easy to do and fun too. Thanks very much for sharing with us.

  2. Rebecca says

    LOVE IT! And seen this at the most perfect time. I’ve been hoarding toilet roll tubes for months but not sure why! I think it was to sell them on eBay but this is way better!!

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