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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?


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  1. This is a great project! I am going to feature it at Dollar Store Crafts later today. Thanks for your awesome blog!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thank you Heather!

    • rachel rachel

      I am using it as a countdown to our (my husband and I) vacation. He wanted everything to be a surprise, so I will put clues in each for where we are going and what we will be doing each day. Thanks!

  2. I can’t get enough of your diys!!!I love them all!!This is just A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!

    • Erlend Erlend


  3. Denne var knallstilig!! Gjenbruk er toppers 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Det er det Randi 😉

  4. I just found your blog, you have a lot of really fun and creative ideas, looking forward to follow you in the future 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Great! Thanks for stopping by Tina 🙂

  5. Kjempekult! Må visst begynne å samle på doruller:-)

    • Erlend Erlend


  6. Har ikke sett denne varianten før.
    Supersmart, og lekker til toalettruller å være 🙂


    • Erlend Erlend

      Takk Siw – Veldig stilige vinylklokker du lager 😉

  7. 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.

    • Erlend Erlend

      Hershey kisses – definitely something I would want to get in the calendar!

  8. 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:-)

    • Erlend Erlend

      Takk for det Elin 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      🙂 🙂

  9. Super cool! Thank you !

    • Erlend Erlend

      Sure thing Agata!

  10. Ååå, denne var fantastisk kul! 🙂
    Tusen takk for super inspirasjon – både til kalendar og andre supre ting. Du er jammen kreativ 🙂
    Ha ein fin dag 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Takk for gode ord KristiN 🙂

  11. it looks so pretty! i totally love this natural recycling look.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

    • Erlend Erlend

      Sure thing doro K!

  12. Katie 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!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Yeah! Do that Katie 🙂

  13. Lovely project! Another idea would be to put little slips of paper in each roll with activities for Christmas, like ice skating, wrapping gifts, watching a Christmas movie.

    • Erlend Erlend

      Sure – activities is a great idea – Doing something together 🙂

  14. 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?

    • Erlend Erlend

      I love the little surprises as well 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks 🙂

  15. 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!

    • Erlend Erlend

      That’s great Shelby, good luck!

  16. It’s so amazing! I like this idea! Your ideas are very easy but smart and unique!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thank you SeiCreativ 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks Melinda 😉

    • Erlend Erlend

      That’s great guys!

  17. So cute – I love the puff of smoke! Will be sharing.

    • Erlend Erlend

      Alright Ann!

  18. I’m not in the market for an advent calendar but just wanted to tell you that I love this! So simply and so awesome!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks Lisa 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend


  19. What a cute idea! Now I need to remember to save those toilet paper rolls for next year!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Alright Wendy 🙂

  20. This is the most brilliant Advent calendar I have ever seen! I am so impressed!

    • Erlend Erlend

      😀 😀

  21. pat pat

    great idea!
    u can also make everything from colored craft paper if you don’t have tp rolls handy

    • Erlend Erlend

      Sure you can Pat 🙂

  22. 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!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Hi Kathy, I imagine this will be great fun for kids too 😉 By the way, nice blog Kangaroomom 🙂

  23. love it! i`m gonna do this for my son 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Do so Kasia 🙂

  24. Lovely idea. I have the church ladies saving me rolls to make one for each child in the Sunday school. Its a lot of rolls!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Alright Lara!

  25. 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!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks Amy – I’m so glad you stopped by!

  26. Kristoffer Kristoffer


    Veldig stilig!

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


    • Erlend Erlend

      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 😉

  27. Elena Elena

    *_* I think I love you. This makes two major Christmas gifts done.

  28. love this! easy, clever and simple, love it! thanks for sharing

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thank you Cristina 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend


    • Erlend Erlend

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

      • Ja, I love those stars as well, they seem to be everywhere in the blog-world right now 😀 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

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks Liz!

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

    • Erlend Erlend

      Merci Beaucoup!

  30. Anna 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!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Alright Anna – way to go!

  31. Rosellyn Rosellyn

    How do u hang it with twine? I’m making it right now !

    • Erlend Erlend

      Hi Rosellyn 🙂 I made a small hole in the cardboard back piece and tied attached the twine with a knot.

  32. Kirsten Kirsten

    I just made an advent calendar for my 4 year old son using yours as my inspiration! Thanks for the idea!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Alright – way to go Kirsten!

  33. Please place $50 bills in my calendar. No, seriously $100 bills would be a nice surprise. Love this project and doing it soon.

    • Erlend Erlend

      Alrighty Jeanne 😉

  34. Eva 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,

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks Eva!

  35. belle découverte aujourd’hui votre site c’est une bonne idée, mes enfants sont grands maitenant et l’idée de percer de la sorte le jour passé va certainement leur plaire et perso ,fan de dentelle j’aime faire des trous et des vides pour entourer la matière , bonne continuation

  36. Marie Laure Cabaret 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 …

    • Erlend Erlend

      Marie, merci pour votre gentillesse 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Visst kan dere det Ann Merete!

  37. ReannaGRL_123 ReannaGRL_123

    I really love this creation. I’m only 10 years old and I LOVE making things with toilet paper rolls or something that’s recyclable. I plan on doing this this year for my grandma and I hope I can finish it and it comes out really good. I still have a lot of toilet paper rolls to collect because I only have 2 of them. Hope I can make this creation. Thanks for showing us ( or me ) this wonderful creation of yours.

  38. Absolutly fantastic! You can also put: invitation for ice-skating, foto of item You want to give (and You have it somewhere hidden 😉 bath balls or food for birds which flyes near by.

  39. I tried to make this advent calendar and it didn’t look exactly the same but it was fun to do, so it was a really good idea, it brought the family together 🙂

  40. Melissa Melissa

    Thank you for this idea! I have 4 children so I was looking for something I could do for all of them and not spend too much or be too crafty. I know my limits! Ha!

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