Tubular Advent Wreath


Collect cardboard tubes to make this clever countdown calendar. It looks pretty hung on a wall and contains little surprises for each December day until Christmas.


What you’ll need

  • cardboard tubes
  • compass or string tied to pencil
  • scissors (an adult’s job)
  • acrylic paint
  • tacky glue
  • aluminum foil
  • string for hanging
  • 24 trinkets or treats
  • glue dots



How to make it

1. To cut the pieces for the base, utilize a compass or string attached to a pencil to stamp 16-inch and 6-inch concentric circles on a strong piece of cardboard. Cut along the lines.

2. For the cubbies, cut 24 portions from cardboard tubes of different sizes; we used paper-towel tubes, oatmeals container, and a potato-chip tube, cutting them at lengths extending from 1 to 2 1/2 inches.


3. To assemble the wreath, coat the base and a percentage of the tube portions with acrylic paint and gave them a chance to dry. Use tacky glue to cover different portions with aluminum foil and, if you like, leave a couple of unadorned.

4. Arrange the tube fragments on the base, attaching each one with a line of glue around the lowest part edge. Tie a circle of string to the wreath for hanging.

5. Fill the wreath with 24 wrapped, numbered trinkets or treats, securing them with glue dots if required.


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