Last year I made an origami advent calendar, which I loved. But, it was not the most sturdy of calendars– some of the ribbons pulled off and left holes and it was hard to get the cups off the string to let Clara open them, so when my sister mentioned that she wanted to make an advent calendar, I decided I wanted a new one, too, and we were off on a mission to make one. We researched and found this one and this one, which we loved. A bonus was that they were made of magical recycled items: toilet paper rolls. We asked all of our friends and family to save theirs for us. We needed twenty-four each, after all! Here’s how we put together our advent calendars!
- 20″ x 40″ piece of cardboard
- about 1/2 yard of felt (enough to cover the board)
- yellow, green, and brown paint
- 24 toilet paper rolls
- number stamps and stamp pad
- wooden star
- stapler and staples
- hot glue gun
- assorted decorations (optional)
1) Ask your kids to paint the toilet paper rolls after you staple the bottoms closed and fold them in half. Hopefully yours will paint more than ours did.
2) When the kids are done painting, or have given up, finish the rest yourself. You will need three brown and twenty-one green. Also, paint the star yellow. Add extra coats of paint as needed. We needed three coats in the end.
3) While the rolls are drying, cover your board with felt (we just stapled it into place), then add a rickrack border using your hot glue gun.
4) Lay out your tree with the star on top on the board and hot glue all of the rolls into place in the shape of a tree.
5) Use number stamps and stamp pad to number the days until Christmas.