DIY Christmas Gift Boxes With Toilet Rolls

In my post DIY Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendars, I shared some great DIY Advent Calendar ideas.

It was with best intentions that I create a fabulous advent calendar using toilet paper rolls, however, I only got half way there. I was going to do up pretty little tags with the numbers on them, or perhaps use glitter pens, but I ran out of time. Instead, I turned to some leftover number stickers I had in the cupboard into the countdown numbers.  While I was making this toilet paper roll advent calendar, I realised they’re also perfect for Christmas gift boxes and nice a cheap.  If you’re concerned about the hygiene factor, spray them with some Glen 20 first.

They are easy to make, here’s how I did it.

1. I purchased some fat flats or fat quarters in Christmas design from Spotlight, but you can buy any type and size of fabric you wish.

Christmas fabric

2. I cut out squares of fabric large enough to cover the toilet paper rolls and glued on the fabric using PVC glue. I opted for fabric because I’d like to reuse these next year and felt that fabric would last longer than covering the rolls with paper, especially when folding and unfolding the ends of the box.

toilet roll advent calendar
3. Once the glue had dried, I folded in each end of the tube.

toilet roll Christmas advent calendar

4. I then placed inside little gifts for Elliott like slinkies and matchbox cars and then closed the ends.

diy advent calendar
diy christmas advent calendar

5. I tied each box up with some Christmas ribbon, making a loop so you can hang it on your Christmas tree. (Here’s some with & without the numbers)

toilet roll advent calendar
toilet roll advent calendar

As you can see, you can easily turn these into an Advent Calendar by adding tags or a sticker and if you’re ever in need of a small gift box at the last minute, you can use the advent boxes that have already been opened!

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. December 2, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    This is such a great idea – I love it! I’ve been collecting toilet rolls for a while now waiting to find a craft that I could use them for. Thanks for sharing this – they look really festive and fun 🙂

  2. December 3, 2013 / 4:17 am

    What a truly lovely idea for an Advent calender, sadly we are the Lego and chocolate Advent calender type here. Maybe one year I will get all crafty for Christmas Josefa from #teamIBOT

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:52 am

      Lego is a great idea, I was going to put some lego in each one but decided it was still a little small for Mr. E. I’m not overly crafty so I”m sure you’ll be able to do it!

  3. December 3, 2013 / 6:21 am

    What a great idea! I always collect toilet paper rolls to use for various craft activities so this is just perfect. And also a great way to use up all my scrap fabric

  4. December 3, 2013 / 9:50 am

    I posted a similar picture of these on Facebook and wasn’t sure about them but the way you have done them, wrapped in ribbon and hanging on the Christmas tree makes it look so much better and I’m willing to give it a try. 🙂

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:54 am

      I wasn’t too sure what they’d look like on the tree but they look really lovely with the ribbon and the best thing is you can keep the ribbon and reuse them the next year.

  5. December 3, 2013 / 12:10 pm

    Crap, I have just thrown them all away, see what I did there?
    Seriously though, I wish I had a brain that thought creatively!
    Em x

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:54 am

      lol! Love it!
      I didn’t really think of it as I’m not really the crafty type, I saw it done elsewhere and replicated!

  6. December 5, 2013 / 11:40 am

    Such a clever upcycle, Eva. x

  7. December 6, 2013 / 11:43 pm

    What a great and simple idea!