How To Make A DIY Advent Calendar

How To Make A DIY Advent Calendar

I wanted to make Cherry a DIY advent calendar this year instead of buying one as I thought it would be nice to make it a bit more personal.

I love making things with old toilet rolls.ย There is always a few hanging around in our house, although for this many I did have to ask my friends if they had any lying around and luckily they did as it would have taken me ages to save up this many.

I decided to make my advent calendar really colorful and in the shape of a Christmas tree.


I used the wider toilet rolls for the tree and the thinner ones as the decorations, I also used two at the bottom for it to stand on.

I started byย covering one end of the toilet rolls making up the tree with green tissue paper. I just glued it on.

Then I glued brightly coloured tissue paper around the rolls that were going to be used for decorations.

Then I used tape to stick the tree together before gluing the decorations up the sides.


I bought a selection of cheap toys to put inside the rolls and then stuffed old newspaper in the back to stop them from falling out.



Then I stuck gold starts on which I thought would be like the fairy lights on a real tree, I wrote the numbers on these before I stuck them on.



I don’t like to give Cherry chocolate very often so this is a perfect way of making sure she doesn’t miss out on the fun of opening something each morning in the lead-up to Christmas. You could also put little pieces of paper in with activities on, I’m actually re-editing this a couple of years later and that’s what I would do now as I try to avoid buying toys like this these days. You could even put healthy treats in like boxes of raisins etc depending on if your kids like them of course!


Have you ever made a DIY advent calendar or do you usually buy them?

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  1. Carie

    2 November

    That’s so clever, Cherry’s going to love it! I keep meaning to make a new refillable advent calendar but like many of my plans it’s at the end of a very long list of things to do!

  2. Notmyyearoff

    2 November

    That’s so cool and a brilliant idea! Bet she’s really going to love it! I really like the no chocolate idea. I don’t let z have too much either and at the moment I have to swiftly avoid the masses of chocolate displays in the supermarket.

  3. Such a great idea. I’m sure Cherry will love it.

  4. Charlotte

    2 November

    What a fantastic idea ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to make an advent calendar this year too… going to have a look on pinterest ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. cara greenfield

    2 November

    Su h a great idea. Will definatly be doing this for christmas. Xx

  6. Alice

    3 November

    What a great idea!!x

  7. Circus Queen

    3 November

    Amazing, Jess! I am so impressed with your mad creative skills! I need to get my act together and sort out an Advent Calendar too!

  8. Mammasaurus

    3 November

    Really neat idea! Love this – I need to get my bottom into gear for Christmas!

  9. Mum of One

    4 November

    This is AWESOME! You have changed your blog name? I love this and have pinned! Come and link up to the parenting pin it party. They will love this too x

  10. Fritha

    8 November

    Jess this is fantastic! love the little troll toys too. When Tom and I had a first xmas together he made me my own advent calendar too, it was made of little envelopes with things like notes and buttons in them was really sweet and you just reminded me of it ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  11. Love this ideaa, must start collecting the empty loo rolls ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I adore this, so very clever

  13. Cara

    30 November

    Loved this idea so much I made one for my cherubs. I couldn’t remember at all who’s blog I had seen it on but just found it was urs. So thank you so much for such a great post & inspiring idea xx I have a pic of mine on my twitter & blog to follow this weekend. I’ll be sure to mention you :):) xxx

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