Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar

All you toilet paper roll savers out there, your craft has come!  Erland from Norway is a fellow saver, and has turned his stash into a really cool, minimalist advent calendar. He’s sharing the details at his gorgeous blog, Morning Creativity.

toilet paper rolls

Erland used toilet paper rolls, pieces of cardboard, and glue to create the calendar. One great thing, as Erland tells us, is that “you don’t need to wrap the calendar gifts, you simply lock them inside the rolls.” He does this by printing the numbers on brown paper to cover each tube opening. As a bonus, he also includes two lists (one for men, one for women) of suggestions for items that are small and light enough to fit inside each roll!


See the full tutorial at Morning Creativity.

Advent Calendar Made from Repurposed Household Items

It’s not too late to have an advent calendar….especially one you can make yourself using things you probably already have at hand.  Check out this merry and bright Christmas advent calendar made by Jamie at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

Clothes Pins

For this project, inspiration began with clothespins.  Jamie had lots of them, and realized that she could dress them up with washi tape.  Once the colorful clothespins were ready, she placed twine across the front of a a picture frame, attaching the twine with hot glue to the back side of the frame.  Small treat bags were numbered and filled with a few sweet things, then pinned onto the twine with the colorful clothespins.  A sweet, simple advent calendar!

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom advent calendar after

Get all the details and how-tos of this project from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

Vintage Rock ‘n Roll Advent Calendar

At Organized 31, Susan picked up this vintage 45 vinyl record for just a few cents.  She thought it would be fun to repurpose it into an advent calendar.

Organized 31 record before

The record label didn’t scream Christmas, so the first step in this makeover was choosing some festive, retro-style paper and cutting it to fit over the old label.  Next, she covered the rest of the record with glitter Mod Podge for some shimmer.  Susan painted 25 clothespins green, to match the paper, and glued them evenly around the record.  She printed out numbers 1-25 and clipped them onto the pins.  A pretty bow completed the look.  Isn’t it adorable?

Organized 31 record after

Get all the details on this festive project at Organized 31.

Printer’s Drawer Advent Calendar

Cynthia of Simply Chic Treasures was lucky enough to come across a vintage pinter’s drawer at a yard sale, this summer.  From the moment she saw it, Cynthia knew exactly how she was going to be able to put her find to use for the Christmas season…

…as an advent calendar!  All those little boxes and slots are perfect for creating a magical countdown to Christmas.  I like the way Cynthia let her advent calendar be a little random, without the numbers in order.  It’s a perfect match with the randomness of the shapes in the drawer itself.

You can learn more about how Cynthia made this printer’s drawer advent calendar at Simply Chic Treasures.

Free Advent Tree

At her blog, The Space Between, Karah says, “I fully blame my husband for this Christmas craft. If he hadn’t needed my help one day, I would have never found the perfect fallen branch to make an advent tree.”  The hilarious thing about this advent tree is that Karah discovered that branch on the side of a road back in July, and has been saving it ever since!

So Karah was definitely excited to count down the days until Christmas!  But she also has a neat twist to hear countdown.  On the branches of this advent tree, she has hung 25 decorations with ideas for random acts of kindness on them, so that she and her husband can spread Christmas cheer as the holiday approaches.  Great idea, Karah!

You can read more about Kara’s roadside find and how she turned it into an advent tree at The Space Between.

Baby Food Jar Advent Luminaries

Advent calendars have been a fun Christmas tradition for Taryn, of Design, Dining + Diapers, since she was a small child.  Now with children of her own, Taryn has plenty of baby food jars in need of recycling.  She’s put them to good use for counting down the days until Christmas.

Taryn etched numbers onto 25 jars and put tea lights into the baby food jars.  Now, a new candle can be lit each night before Christmas.  These petite luminaries make a darling advent calendar.  I love the symbolism and ambiance of candlelight at Christmas, and the cute little jars make this advent calendar absolutely adorable.

Taryn has a detailed tutorial for this project at Design, Dining + Diapers.