Homemade Advent Calendar

With 3 minxes, a full and cluttered house, and enough Christmas decorations to fill an entire street, the last thing we want is 3 chocolate-filled novelty Advent calendars. ‘Where would we hang them?’ I wail every year. ‘Think of the expense!’ moaned The Boss.

A few weeks ago I was planting some broad beans into toilet roll cardboard inners to protect the new little seedlings when they sprout, for planting and (optimistic) overwintering. We had loads of tubes left, and Maxi had the bright idea of making them into a Homemade Advent Calendar. Between the 5 of us, we came up with this (instructions below):

AdventCalendar

  1. The minxes stuck down little squares of tissue paper over the top of 26 toilet toll tubes.
  2. Then they mixed up some green poster paint and PVA glue and plastered it over the outside of the tubes.
  3. While it was still wet, they formed the tubes into the shape of a Christmas tree, then blew glitter along the sides. It dried overnight and stuck together quite well.
  4. The minxes wrote numbers on random tissue-covered rolls, from 1 – 24.
  5. innards of the calendar

    innards of the calendar

    The Boss and I raided the treats cupboard and filled the numbered tubes with chocolate sweeties.

  6. He then used a hot glue gun to stick the tubes to a piece of cardboard that came off the back of a lorry art-paper pad.

With the cost of the chocolates, I don’t think a homemade Advent Calendar is much cheaper than a shop-bought one, but it works for me: it uses up craft materials and chocolate we already had, and the kids had so much fun making it that it was (almost) worth clearing up the glitter mess afterwards!

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