An advent calendar is a special calendar, which is used to count down the days of Christmas and is especially popular among the children as they wait in anticipation for Christmas to arrive. The origins of this calendar can be traced back to the beginning of the 18th century when the German Lutherans used to count down the 24 days to Christmas physically, mostly by drawing a chalk line on the door each day starting from the first of January. However, the first known handmade advent calendar was during the 18th century and the first printed one was produced in Hamburg in the year 1902 or 1903.
Today, the handmade advent calendars have become very famous with the craftsmen and artisans all over the world and are especially popular with the children. Different types of materials are used to create an advent calendar ranging from fabric, small boxes, paper, chipboard etc. Another material, which is used to make the countdown to Christmas more exciting, is the Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar. As the raw material used here is cheap and easily available, this is one of the most widely used advent calendar by the masses. A simple and easy technique for making this calendar is given below.
Materials and Tools Required
The TPR Advent Calendars are fun and creative ways to count down the days before Christmas. Read on to learn how to make advent calendar using toilet paper rolls.
Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar Crafts
- 13 empty toilet paper rolls
- Poster board
- Small pieces of wrapped candy
- Black permanent marker
- Acrylic paint
- Construction paper
- Take all the thirteen toilet paper rolls and cut them in half. You can make the calendar for as many days as you want. To make it look festive and beautiful, color them with your favorite color or you can even cover them with the construction paper.
- Outline the rolls using a simple pencil or a marker and cut them in circles. Repeat it 50 times, such that you have fifty such circles of similar size and shape.
- Now glue one end of each roll of toilet paper to a circle and allow it to dry. Place a piece of candy in each roll and glue a circle on the other half of the roll.
- Using black markers, label the rolls starting from 1 to 25 or the other way round. There are different ways of doing this. The numbers can be placed either in rows or it can be in the form of any Christmas shape like a Christmas tree or a candy cane etc. After you are finished with your creativity, glue the bottom of each one down to the poster board.
- The TPR Advent calendars are a real fun way to count down the days of Christmas. Every day, let your child peel off the circle covering on the top of the roll and in the process, enjoy the candy that lies under the wrap.