Crafting with toilet rolls at PumpjackPiddlewick

November is on the wane and it is now 1 month to Christmas. And I began collecting cardboard toilet rolls since September. I think I have enough now to make an Advent Calendar, plus some Christmas Crackers. Maybe even a Christmas Tree Star.

Last year a linear advent calendar was made out of toilet rolls. Each roll was wrapped in Christmas print paper. Numbers were printed and stuck on the outside. Inside went a treat and a little happiness moment saying. Some deep, some helpful, mostly funny. They were then tied to a ribbon, so they hung in a date order line.

In researching this years design, a house shape advent calendar has been chosen. It kind of suits the whole restoration home thing. Besides I don’t have much Christmas / winter designed paper this year. But I do have lots of plain brown paper that needs reusing. And the simplicity of this design simply appeals to me. The toilet rolls will be end on, with the number covering one end.

If there are enough toilet rolls, Christmas Crackers are on the agenda too. But, without including the snap strip (the thing when you pull a Christmas cracker and it makes a pop as the cracker comes apart). Having tried these strips before, they don’t work well with toilet rolls as the roll is too solid to pull apart easily in a tug of war.

For those of you non-British, you may be wondering what a Christmas Cracker is? Here’s a link to the History of Christmas Crackers for your reading pleasure. I am not sure why I like Christmas Crackers. Maybe it is the concept of a little surprise. But half the fun of living in different cultures is you get to adopt the traditions you like and make them your own.

And finally, if there are still enough toilet rolls left, I have seen some amazing designs for a Christmas tree star made out of them. Pumpjack was lamenting our Christmas tree last year not having a star, so ideas are going on the craft board for this year.

Normally we compost our toilet rolls, when there isn’t a project in mind. But in researching crafts you can make from toilet rolls, there is such inspiration. Go on, have a google. Not only is what people make great fun to see, you may be inspired yourself to try something.


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