30/10/2014 11:36 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

How To Make An Advent Calendar From Toilet Rolls

I wanted to make my daughter an advent calendar this year. There are some brilliant ideas on Pinterest but this was the one that inspired me. I love making things with old toilet rolls; there are always a few hanging around in our house, although for this many I did have to ask my friends if they had any lying around. Luckily they did as it would have taken me ages to save up this many!

I decided to make my advent calendar more colourful and in the shape of a Christmas tree.

I used the wider toilet rolls for the tree and the thinner ones as the decorations, I also used two at the bottom for it to stand on.

I started by gluiing green tissue paper around one end of the toilet rolls that made up the tree.

Then I glued brightly coloured tissue paper around the rolls that were going to be used for decorations.

Then I used tape to stick the tree together before gluing the decorations up the sides.

I bought a selection of cheap toys to put inside the rolls and then stuffed old newspaper in the back to stop them from falling out.

Then I stuck gold stars, like the fairy lights on a real tree. I wrote the numbers on these before I stuck them on.

I don't like to give my daughter chocolate very often so this is a perfect way of making sure she doesn't miss out on the fun of opening something each morning in the lead-up to Christmas.

My name is Jess, I have been with my partner, Mr C, for eleven years and we have a little girl (Cherry) and a little boy (J). I have a bit of an addiction to social media – my iPhone is never far from my hand! Oh and I love cake.

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