Dad creates genius recycled advent calendar using leftover toilet roll tubes and wrapping paper

A dad has shared his easy hack for making kids eco-friendlier advent calendars (Picture: Jam Press/@jamesmoorefoto

Don’t fancy buying yet another throwaway advent calendar filled with plastic?

Why not try making one instead?

You don’t need to be super crafty, don’t worry. Just follow this simple tutorial from dad and magician Darren Cullen, 34.

Darren, from Kent, managed to create a more eco-friendly take on the Christmas tradition, using old toilet roll tubes and leftover wrapping paper to make his children’s advent calendars – which are designed to look like Christmas trees.

‘It took roughly a week or so to complete but mainly because I sourced the toilet roll tubes from friends and family,’ he said.

‘The actual making took about three days. I bought some glue and some green paint to decorate the trees but the main reason for the glue was so that my two sons could join in and make them as well, otherwise I’d have used strong glue gun stuff.

‘That would have halved the time but wouldn’t have been so fun and so messy and that’s what it was all about.’

Darren collected toilet roll tubes from friends and family (Picture: Jam Press)

The dad had to gather up 25 toilet roll tubes, before cutting out a tree-shaped piece of cardboard to use as the backing.

He then stuck the rolls on top, before painting them green and popping sweets inside each roll, with a tube for each day in December.

Once the structure was ready, it was time to grab some leftover wrapping paper, cut this into a tree shape, then stick this on top of the open ends of the toilet paper tubes.

Finally, he wrote numbers on the top of each tube section, from one to 25.

Leftover wrapping paper forms the front, which the kids can break through on each day (Picture: Jam Press)

With two kids, Stanley, three, and Daniel, seven, Darren repeated the process to make sure there wouldn’t be any quarrels.

Now, when December comes round the kids can punch in each hole and get their treats throughout the festive season.

Darren spent a total of £7 on the two calendars as he needed to buy glue, paint and the chocolates.

The dad wants to finetune his design next year (Picture: Jam Press/@jamesmoorefoto)

Darren said: ‘Everything else was recycled – another great reason to make them.

‘The great thing about them is we can use them again next year. However, I’d like to fine tune them a bit and neaten them up.

‘I am still getting people offering me more toilet rolls now it’s finished – but that’s ok though as I’ve also had a few requests to make more.’

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