How to Make Your Own Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Happy December! I meant to post this earlier but there is still time to make this if you wanted to. Just leave the days that have already passed empty or fill them with only tissue paper.

Christmas Tree Advent Calender

Here is what you need:

  • Toilet paper rolls, cut in half. Enough to make 24 empty spots
  • Tissue paper, in Christmas colours or only green. Your choice.
  • Paint, watercolors or acrylic
  • Candies (We used our leftover Halloween candy)
  • Hot glue gun or clear craft glue.
  • Piece of cardboard or card stock for backing (we left ours plain but you could decorate this as well if you wanted to. A winter scene would be nice, or some glitter!)

Here is how to do it, in photos.

 

Have your kids paint the toilet paper rolls.

Have your kids paint the toilet paper rolls.

 

 

Have an adult hot glue gun the toilet paper rolls on to cardboard or card stock in a tree shape. (Or use craft glue and the kids could help!)

Have an adult hot glue gun the toilet paper rolls on to cardboard or card stock in a tree shape. (Or use craft glue and the kids could help!)

 

Take the candy, Halloween candy in our case, and stuff it in to the spaces. Crumple up tissue paper and stuff around the treat to hide it.

Take the candy, Halloween candy in our case, and stuff it in to the spaces. Crumple up tissue paper and stuff around the treat to hide it.

 

Keep going until it is all filled and the treats are well hidden. I would recommend putting other colours so that it looks like Christmas balls and ornaments. Ours is plain green because it's all I had on hand.

Keep going until it is all filled and the treats are well hidden. I would recommend putting other colours so that it looks like Christmas balls and ornaments. Ours is plain green because it’s all I had on hand.

 

The tree is finished and now it is time to make your treasure map!

The tree is finished and now it is time to make your treasure map!

 

Trace circles on to another piece of cardboard or card stock. Put numbers randomly in the circles. Now your child can hunt for the number, match it to their tree advent calender and get their treat. It's really fun for them!

Trace circles on to another piece of cardboard or card stock. Put numbers randomly in the circles. Now your child can hunt for the number, match it to their tree advent calender and get their treat. It’s really fun for them!

 

One happy kid. The best part is that we can reuse these for years to come as it is super sturdy. I may get the kids to decorate the backgrounds next year.

One happy kid. The best part is that we can reuse these for years to come as it is super sturdy. I may get the kids to decorate the backgrounds next year.

 

Super easy and quick to do and really fun for the kids. They love seeing the finished project and “hunting” for the right number to get the candy.

 

Enjoy!

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