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.
- 12 Toilet roll tubes
- Wrapping paper
- Chocolate coins
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.
Next, wrap the backs of them with wrapping paper. I just cut small squares and taped them on.
Add a coin to each tube.
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.