I thought of this last year as I wanted something different to the usual shop brought advent calender but also didn’t want to break the bank. All I had to buy extra was the chocolates and the tissue paper :) It was very easy and fun for my daughter (now 4y) to do and she had heaps of fun trying to guess which chocolate was in each one as we used a couple of different chocolates :)


  • 24 Toilet Rolls
  • 1 Print out of numbers, you can find them on google - there are heaps of designs available :)
  • Sticky Tape
  • 24 Lollies or Chocolate bars or small toys - anything you want really :)
  • Paint/Glue/Glitter/Textas whatever you want to use to decorate the toilet rolls
  • Tissue paper cut into 24 little squares


  1. Decorate your toilet rolls with your child
  2. Cover one end of the toilet rolls by taping a square of tissue paper on the end
  3. Put your treats into the toilet rolls
  4. Tape the numbered squares onto the other end of the toilet rolls sealing the treats inside
  5. Arrange them throughout your Christmas tree, they should sit nicely in the branches


Great for a unique advent calender that wont break the bank :)

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  • ergospazmo
    • 04 Mar 2014
      9:15 pm

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  • What a brilliant idea and you don’t have to waste the container either. I’m sure it was great fun getting it done with your daughter.


  • Great idea thank you for sharing.


  • Such a great and cheap idea for an advent calendar


  • This is awesome. An absolutely fantastic idea. I wish I’d thought of it, but will steal it for next year.


  • What a great idea instead of purchasing a store one.
    Double the fun as you get to do craft with the kids and they get to enjoy it


  • Cute idea, and you get to choose what you want to put inside whereas shop bought ones are a little hit or miss (and pricey too!)


  • What a very clever idea and helpful in teaching the children their numbers as well. Thanks so much for sharing this.


  • Very clever, I love that it’s home made


  • I too often think of alternative advent calendars. Something that’s not just chocolates. Liking this idea, add whatever you like


  • lovely idea. happy kid..happy parents. thanks for sharing it!


  • What a great idea.


  • Great for the kids to enjoy making then eating

    • The only thing is our tree will be full of them with 5 kids lol


  • A fun and creative project,thanks!


  • Christmas project to do now as it’s only a few months away now.


  • What a fun project. Recycling as well. Thnk you for sharing.


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