Recycled Art - Tissue Roll Advent Calendar Tutorial


Over the last couple of years, we've done a few Advent calendars. Ben has had the Playmobil pirate and the Lego City ones, Faith has had a Ponyville and a Littlest Pet Shop one. They've also had the regular ones with chocolate candies in each.

However, since we go to Canada, they open the first 15-20 days on schedule, then the last 5-10 doors all at once. It loses the fun, and honestly, they are kind of expensive that way. After thinking it over, I decided to make my own that fit better with our countdown to our trip versus a full out 25 days that we won't be home for.

With the help of my friendly neighborhood Dollar Tree, a whole lot of paper towel & toilet tissue rolls, and the already existing art display in my breakfast room, I constructed our countdown calendar for about $7 with a few extra goodies, lots of extra tissue and ribbon!


If you haven't been in my kitchen, I have a curtain rod mounted on one wall with cafe clips to hang artwork. I pulled down all the artwork temporarily to make room for the calendar. As a bonus, it looks really really cute hanging there.



Want to make your own? It was really, really easy! Gather up your goodies, tissue paper and ribbon. I made one tube for each day, with two of the same goodie in them. And I do mean the same goodie, right down to the identical color.


The next steps are pretty simple, stuff your tube with goodies, tape to the edge of a large piece of tissue paper, roll it up, tape off the other edge. I cut each sheet of tissue in half since I didn't really want huge fluffy ends to deal with.





Pinch/twist one of the edges together so it stays put.


Tie that end with a bit of ribbon, then repeat for the other side!


Trim the ribbon, add a number of tag! I cut my out on my Sizzix with a tag form and the Fun Serif numbers.


Repeat about 15-25 times, depending how many you need! They look just like Christmas crackers and so sweet hanging in the kitchen.

Comments

  1. This is really adorable! We may just try them next year! :)

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  2. Awesome job!! That looks so fun!

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