DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar

I’ve been collecting toilet paper rolls for quite a while now and finally I’ve put them to use: In a Christmas calendar!

This calendar is made out of toilet paper rolls and cardboard. And you don’t need to wrap the calendar gifts, you simply lock them inside the rolls. Okay, here goes: 1. Supplies needed for this paper roll calendar: 24 used rolls (0r 25 if you’re not Norwegian), cardboard, multi purpose glue, a pair of scissors, a glue stick, twine, brown paper and a computer with printer attached. 2. Open a new document in a word prosessing program on your computer, type in all the numbers using a cool font. Print out all the numbers on brown paper. 3. Use the glue stick and attach the numbers to the rolls. Cut of the superflous brown paper. 4. Continue with a rectangular piece of cardboard and place all the used rolls on top of it making sure that it’ll fit all the rolls. Put small gifts inside the rolls and glue them onto the cardboard – sealing the gifts. Here you might wanna use something heavy to keep pressure on the rolls. 5. Make a roof with a piece of cardboard and make a chimney out of half a roll. Use twine to hang the calendar on the wall.

Now, this is all made out of cardboard and simply glued together. This means that you cannot put heavy gifts inside the rolls. Beneath I’ve listed of suggestions to both him and her that should fit inside:

For her

  • A Lipgloss/Lipstick
  • A Small Perfume Bottle
  • Small Bag of Tea
  • Paper Stars with Boyfriend´s Name on
  • Paper Heart
  • A Small Photo of the two of you
  • A Tea light Candle with Scent
  • A Matchbox With a Photo of You Two Glued on the Sides
  • A Gift Card (folded)
  • Her Favorite Candy
  • A Pencil Sharpener
  • A Rubber
  • A Gift Certificate on Massage From You (e.g. can be used three times)
  • Small Self Stick Bookmarks
  • I-Will-Make-You-a-Romantic-Dinner-Certificate
  • A Mascara
  • Hairpins
  • A Pair of Earrings
  • A Handwritten Love Letter
  • A USB-pen With All Her Favorite Music (for the Car)
  • Chewing Gum
  • In-Ear Headphones
  • A Magnet for the Fridge

For him

  • A USB Stick
  • A Protective Layer for his iPhone
  • Lip Moisturizer
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • An Eraser
  • A Mini Flashlight with Keychain
  • Batteries for his New Mini Flashlight
  • Gift Card From his Favorite Shop
  • A Lighter
  • I-Will-Take-you-out-to-Dinner-Certificate
  • I-Will-Dance-for-you-Naked-Certificate
  • A pocket knife
  • A Photo of You for His Wallet
  • Chewing Gum
  • A Razor Blade Cartridge
  • A Funny Magnet for the Fridge
  • A Little Coin Dispenser for the Car
  • Gitar Pics
  • Small Self Stick Bookmarks
  • LED Clip Reading Light
  • Dynamo Emergency Cell Phone Hand Crank Charge
  • A matchbox car

Have you got any more ideas for small gifts that’ll fit inside a toilet paper roll?



89 thoughts on “DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar

  1. Crafty Gardener

    Found my way here from Dollar Store Crafts. What a great idea for an advent calendar. Love all the ideas for little gifts … how about a mini chocolate bar, Hershey kisses, keychain, or mints.

  2. Elin

    Fantastisk tøff kalender! Oppdaget bloggen din via Fargefesr i dag, og det er jeg jammen glad for. Her var det mye flott inspirasjon å hente, og så nydelig presentert:-)

  3. Katie

    This is great! I never throw these rolls away, I might just make one as a prop for our store here in Australia named Brown Paper!

  4. Hilary

    Seriously this is such a great idea. I want to make two for my best friends and one for my man ha. If only I could have saved all my toilet paper/paper towel rolls in time. Any suggestions on other ways to make it?

  5. Shelby

    Im a new blogger myself And i love all these projects! my Friend Hollie and i will be making and Featuring this on my blog later today! its so cute!

  6. Kathy (Kangaroo Mama)

    It would be great to do something for kids too. I’d love to feature this on my blog and probably add a list of gifts that might be good for kids! Thanks so much, this was a great idea and I can’t wait to do one of my own!

  7. Amy W

    This is so clever and simple. I love the clean lines, too. I’m a new follower of yours via Bloglovin’. Can’t wait to see what other fun projects you have!

  8. Kristoffer


    Veldig stilig!

    Hva gjør du med “lokket”? Limer du det med vanlig papirlim? Tenker kompromisset gjenbruk versus sniking i ruter frem i tid :P Stoler ikke på mine hjemme ;)


    1. Erlend Post author

      Hei Kristoffer,

      Hobbylim/skolelim skal få det til å sitte bra og så gjelder det å klippe nøye rundt kanten så det ikke er mulig å få tak for små nysgjerrige fingre ;-)

    1. Erlend Post author

      Hi Carla – I’m loving your advent calendar! You’ve combined paper stars & toilet paper rolls – nice!
      You have a great Sunday as well :-)

      1. Carla

        Ja, I love those stars as well, they seem to be everywhere in the blog-world right now :D SO I tought I have to make them too. I also did an adventscalender like you did with them for another friend :)
        Thank you so much for the inspiration <3

  9. OBDF

    J’adore cette idée, moi aussi je collectionne les rouleaux de papier
    toilette !!! Alors je vais préparer mon calendrier pour mon chéri !!! Merci

  10. Anna

    Thanks, I was inspired and made something similar with toilet rolls in a tree shape with green crepe paper and lots of sticky tape. Now to see how our daughters like it and whether it stays together!

  11. Eva

    This is such an awesome idea! I definitely will do it because I love the punching through the paper to get to the gifts. ;)
    Have a lovely weekend,

  12. Marie Laure Cabaret

    Je viens de vous découvrir par le biais d’un blog “Etat de nature” … Je suis super fan … vraiment c’est merveilleux et je me suis inspiré de votre calendrier de l’avent en forme de maison tout à l’heure … Merci c’est vraiment génial … vos créations sont magnifiques ! Merci de partager tout ça avec nous …


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