How to Make a Recycled DIY Advent Calendar
Make an Advent Calendar Using Cardboard and Toilet Rolls
Holidays are the time of year when trashcans overflow with loads of cardboard. Here's a way to reuse some of that packaging waste.
Easy DIY Advent Calendar
First, you'll collect bathroom tissue holders to make this Advent calendar. You will need 12, or you can use 6 paper towel holders cut into fourths.
Additional Supplies Needed
- Colored gift tissue
- Coding dots
- Felt tip marker
- Rubber bands
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- Pretty ribbon
- Small gifts and candies
- Spray paint
- Xacto knife
Step 1: Cut the Rolls
Cut the toilet paper rolls in half with the Xacto knife. The cut the paper towel rolls into fourths.
Step 2: Cut the Board
Measure and cut a piece of cardboard 15-by-20 inches.
Step 3: Glue the Rolls to the Board
Hot glue the paper tube halves to the board evenly spaced and ragged-side down.
Step 4: Add Paint
The easiest way to paint this project is to spray paint outdoors and then touch up with acrylic.
Step 5: Add Tissue and Dots
Cut circles 5 inches in diameter from colored gift tissue. Use white color coding dots for the numbers.
Step 6: Add a Ribbon Hanger
Slice the top corners of your Advent calendar and thread a pretty ribbon hanger through.
Step 7: Hide and Cover Some Treasures
Hide tiny treasures for the loved one(s) in your life. I made mine for tween and teen girls with candies, miniature bottles of nail polish, etc. And of course, money fits well. Jewelry too! Cover each with a tissue circle and secure it with a rubber band.
Don't Forget: Put a pretty holiday sticker at the end for day 25.
History of the Advent Calendar
Perhaps our penchant to begin the Christmas season so early has a deeper meaning than just higher retail sales. “Advent” is the Latin word for coming or coming forward. Early Christian practices are the basis for the Advent calendar of the 19th century.
Christians from centuries ago began to feel that honoring the Blessed Savior only one day a year was not enough. So they began to celebrate the coming of Christ early by praying and teaching the children about the Saviour.
Early Advent Calendars
Early Christians began marking their doors with the numeral one in chalk and continued the numbering through December 24th.
From that time, the practice evolved into the Advent calendar of today with little windows to open revealing tiny treats behind them.
Then in the 19th century, a German mother made her son a calendar of the days with small treats stuck to cardboard. Gerhard Lang never forgot the thrill of this first Advent calendar. As an adult, he went into business with a partner to open a printing press in 1908. Among other things, they published Advent calendars.