DIY ADVENT CALENDAR

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This was one of those projects where I thought I’d put something together for $10, but quickly realised I needed a lot more things than I had! I wanted to make a fun and cheerful advent calendar for my boyfriend for Christmas that I could fill with his favourite chocolate (Twix) and reuse year to year. Nothing says budget like toilet paper rolls, but I ended up investing in a ridiculously useful hardcore hole punch too. It’s insane how much use I’ve got out of it already. Highly recommend everyone own one!

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

I’m super keen on these key tags. Something about them appearing on everything during my childhood, and the fun-coloured durable plastic is so appealing. I now have 25 left over from this project to use on literally everything around the house!

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YOU WILL NEED

STEP ONE Start by giving the loo rolls a squish. They don't need to have sharp creases, just a long, leaf shape.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

STEP TWO Stick a piece of tape along one edge...

STEP THREE ...and another piece along the other. It can be the same colour or different. I mixed it up with each one I made.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

STEP FOUR Next use more tape to evenly stick down the centre. Don't forget to tuck in the end of the tape into the top!

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

STEP FIVE Keep wrapping it along the other side of the tube, sealing up one end. Leave a long tab (about as long as the tube) before cutting off the length.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

STEP SIX Very carefully line up the edges of the tape tab and stick it back on itself. Leave a little extra to tuck into the top of the tube.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

STEP SEVEN Attach the velcro to the tab and the tube.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

STEP EIGHT Use a heavy-duty hole punch to create a hole in the sealed corner. I alternated between left and right corners.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

STEP NINE Finally pop on a key tag, and write the day number on the little piece of paper inside.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

I haven’t quite worked out what I’m going to hang them on yet, ideas we’re tossing around include stringing them up, or possibly pinning them to a cork board!

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

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