Toilet Roll Tube Advent Calendar

By | November 27, 2016

It’s the big one! After weeks of toilet roll tube crafting, the time has come for a toilet roll tube advent calendar. I’m still not feeling remotely festive, but advent calendars are one thing you do need to do before December. I say as someone who has spent many December 1st mornings hunting the shops for one in panic.

It’s also worth noting that this design started life Christmas tree shaped. But in the end I think it actually looks more like a bell. So, it’s a bell.

You will need:supplies for homemade advent calendar

  • 12 Toilet roll tubes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Card
  • Paint
  • Tape
  • Pens
  • Chocolate coins
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Now, if for some reason, you don’t have 12 toilet roll tubes lying around (why on earth wouldn’t you?!) then a wrapping paper tube will do fine. You just need to end up with 24, equalish tubes, big enough to fit a chocolate inside. It doesn’t need to be a coin, but we like coins, and they are cheap and individually wrapped.

Firstly, cut your tubes to size. I used 12 and cut them in half, this seems to be a good size guide, but I think 8 in to 3 would probably work well also.

homemade advent calendar

Next, wrap the backs of them with wrapping paper. I just cut small squares and taped them on.

wrapped homemade advent calendar

Add a coin to each tube.

coin in homemade advent calendar

Wrap the other side, so both ends are covered in paper. Some people make wrapping an art form. I’m one of those other people that throws paper at something and keeps adding tape until it sticks. Wrapping a tube shape defeated me somewhat. There’s a lot of tape!

Now, try to position them into a tree (bell) like shape. I went for 3 for the base, then 6 for the bottom of the tree, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Then by some magic, stick them together! My original plan was to use glue. However, there was that much tape involved that my nice PVA glue just wouldn’t stick. So, I got the super glue out. Stuck them to the table, and my hands, but alas, not to each other. More tape! I taped each row together, then taped the outsides to the row under in. Then wrapped a layer of tape around the whole thing.

I then painted 2 strips of card green (because it’s a tree…) for the outsides, basically to hide all that tape.

While everything is drying, write some numbers on some squares, and cut them out.

Glue the numbers to the fronts of the tubes. Stick the sides on.

advent calendar




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  • This is such a great idea and I think that it’s a great way to try and give you child a bit of everything other than just chocolate or toys. Some of these advent calendars can be expensive, so this is the perfect alternative. #MarvMondays

    • donna

      He’s so proud of it too. I think that’s the best part, he ran in to school to tell his teacher this morning. It was lovely. You could easily fit a little puzzle in there, or maybe a folded colouring sheet.

  • Really original and fun to make! I bet he loves being different to his friends eh? xx #marvmondays

    • donna

      I did buy him a regular one too…invade it went horribly wrong!

  • Yay more toilet roll crafting. I really love this and its such a good idea. This reminds me that I have yet to buy an advent calender for the child, although the OH and I both have one.! I actually found myself keeping hold of some toilet roll tubes the other day in anticipation of your brill ideas.

    • donna

      Yay, well done! This would be a good one for a long wrapping paper tube if you empty one before the first. I haven’t got my own this year, I think for the first time ever

      • I should probably make a start on my wrapping anyway so hopefully I will have one. I really love this because you can put anything in it. Molly has a dairy intolerance so traditional advent calenders are a no go. I know you can get dairy free ones now but they aren’t really up to much..

        • donna

          I can imagine! This would be amazing then. They don’t even all have to match, you could do sweets some days and a little toy others.

  • Hi. Popping back from #FamilyFun
    I don’t think I’m going to have time to make this in time for tomorrow 😭😭😭 I might just make it when I do have time. Thankfully Molly is only 2 so she won’t know it’s late ha. In the mean time I will eat the chocolate from my advent calender in secret hahaha

    • donna

      Just means she’ll get more treats on the first day

  • This is a great idea. Toilet roll is just so versatile when it comes to crafts #familyfun

    • donna

      Thank you. It’s the best!

  • twotinyhands

    At least bells are still Christmas related in a way! A really good idea. The chocolate in my calendar this morning was tiny beyond belief… Using your own chocolates are a bonus! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

  • So clever! I would never have thought to do something like this, such a great idea. I half wish I’d read this a couple of weeks ago now. I bet this would make a great activity to do with little ones in November 🙂 Thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • donna

      I should have done it earlier really, but it took some time to save enough tubes!

  • Iv seen a few of these and I think they look fab and such a cool activity to do with the kids. I look forward to doing it with mine when they’re older. I also think the chocolate coin inside is a great addition! Thanks for sharing at #familyfun xx

    • donna

      There’s something very satisfying about breaking through the paper too. Like popping the foil on a coffee jar!