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  1. Lynne Knowlton
    Lynne Knowlton at · Reply

    Very coolio ! It could be neat-o to hang them on a jute rope with wooden clothes pegs too !

    Great inspiration girly !!! Xox

  2. Grandma
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    What a great idea. I always bought the boys the dollar advent calendars. These are much better. My granddaughters are lucky to have a Mom with such a great imagination.

  3. Michelle
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    Lovely! I always loved Advent calendars – even the cheapo ones. I always thought the best part was when you forgot to open one and the next day you got TWO chocolates 🙂
    Your idea is so smart – and so much prettier and with better chocolate than the store bought kind.

  4. Heather
    Heather at · Reply

    There is so much to love about this project! The combination of Halloween and Christmas, the reuse, the simple but classic embellishments… Do you have any tips on how to go through 24 rolls of toilet paper in 20 days? 🙂

  5. Susan
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    Brilliant idea. My children are grown up but would still love to have an advent calendar.

  6. Tara @ Suburble
    Tara @ Suburble at · Reply

    This is so awesome, Alex! I love it! Upcycled, and super stylish! Well done, lady!

  7. Shari G
    Shari G at · Reply

    I never ever spend all our money at Michaels. I make him do that for my b-day and Christmas with gift certificates and yarn! LOL

  8. Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine
    Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine at · Reply

    You are so on top of the season, Sistah!

  9. Christine
    Christine at · Reply

    Totally rockin’ advent calendar Alex!! I LOVE IT!!

  10. meganpires
    meganpires at · Reply

    Love love love this!!! I’m going to take a tp roll with me when I go shopping for little goodies to put inside!Thanks for the great idea.

  11. mehker
    mehker at · Reply

    I absolutely love the simplicity of this project. I am inspired- Thank you 🙂 Your photographs are beautiful of the final product too!

  12. Tracey Tabone
    Tracey Tabone at · Reply

    What a great idea….it doesn’t look too hard and it’s nice to look at! I love it…looking forward to more crafts 🙂

  13. Lisa
    Lisa at · Reply

    I love this! What a great and stylish idea!

  14. Corinna vanGerwen
    Corinna vanGerwen at · Reply

    Nicely done! Looks great and like it didn’t actually take that long or was too complicated to do. Can’t wait till my (yet-to-be-born) son is old enough for me to start doing the advent calendar thing. Though I’ll probably be like you and do the cardboard window kind more often than make my own.

  15. April G.
    April G. at · Reply

    What a great idea!!! very creative!

  16. Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian at · Reply

    cutest. thing. ever.
    now tell me where you got the shiny snowflakes. I need those. But like 4,000 times bigger.

  17. Holly
    Holly at · Reply

    Great idea! You must have been saving your TP rolls for a while. I have one upcoming on my blog next week 🙂

  18. Jo-Anna
    Jo-Anna at · Reply

    This is such a great idea – the ultimate upcycle project! Your kids will LOVE it!! And I totally agree on those chocolate advent calendars…what a pain in the patootie they are…yet I buy them every year! 😉

  19. ScrapAndSalvage
    ScrapAndSalvage at · Reply

    way awesome!

  20. Eliece
    Eliece at · Reply

    Love this! Would never have guess it was toilet paper roll from the picture. Great idea!

  21. fran
    fran at · Reply

    FABULOUS use of those rolls. I just knew there was a reason I stockpiled them. Thank you!!!!

  22. Casey @ Waffling
    Casey @ Waffling at · Reply

    this is super cute! what a a great idea. it would take me forever to collect all those rolls in my place because I live alone 🙂

  23. Danielle from Storypiece
    Danielle from Storypiece at · Reply

    This is so cute! Kids love advent calendars, but the one I purchased has become the sole frustration of every Christmas season. Nothing fits in the wood drawers and the kids bicker over who is opening it when. This is a brilliant solution and bonus points for upcycling the Halloween candy. 🙂

  24. Vanessa@Decor Happy
    Vanessa@Decor Happy at · Reply

    That is super adorable and something even I could tackle. From a distance it doesn’t even look like TP rolls. Awesome! (PS I always have great plans to make a DIY advent calendar each year and nothing happens either. Maybe I will have better luck this year.)

  25. thehomeslice
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    Love this! I can’t wait to start some Christmas projects!!

  26. nadya5Nadya
    nadya5Nadya at · Reply

    My two kids take 1 gift a day. Whose turn is it? Last year Rita was the first to open (that means she takes odd numbers) and Katya was the second (she takes even numbers). I prepare the equal set of gifts and mix them along the month, but put every kid’s set into her own part of calendar pockets (even or odd). So they never know what gift cames next.

  27. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet at · Reply

    I just LOVE that you did this out of TP rolls. And I also love that it has a “Northstory” look to it. Seriously, you are developing your brand, woman. I can pick out your projects on craftgawker without even seeing your name. And of course, this got pinned in two seconds flat. You are rocking me world with these little stapled wonders.

  28. onelmonl
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    I love this TP upcycled advent calendar! Great idea!

  29. Thalita @ The Learner Observer
    Thalita @ The Learner Observer at · Reply

    Yeah, what Lauren said… You can tell almost instantly tell a Northstory craft when you lay eyes on it, and that is a HUGE accomplishment on your part! You know I have big love for this TP project.

  30. Stacey
    Stacey at · Reply

    I love how you ‘roll’! Great use of the TP left overs. There are so many uses for those little innards … but this may be the best use yet. CHOCOLATE INSIDE!!!

  31. Sara Russell
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    xo Sara

  32. Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    Jennifer @ Brave New Home at · Reply

    Wow, this turned out awesome! I’m sticking to the cheap chocolate advent calendars for now. Maybe when the little one is a bit older we’re graduate to something like this. Lovely job, Alex!

  33. Dani @ lifeovereasy
    Dani @ lifeovereasy at · Reply

    Anyone can craft with Michael’s supplies, but it takes genuine talent to make TP rolls look that good 😉

  34. Time With Thea
    Time With Thea at · Reply

    Absolutely brilliant! I pinned it several times on different boards on PInterest. This so needs to be shared. I love how you used the leftover Halloween candy. ~Thea

  35. Shauna Oberg
    Shauna Oberg at · Reply

    So creative! Your kids are going to love it! I still do an advent calendar for my son even though he’s 18. Can’t stop being mom!

  36. Martina
    Martina at · Reply

    Hands down best (realistic&affordable) DIY advent calendar I’ve seen to date. No silk screening or bags to sew, just good old glue paper and ribbon. Excellent.

  37. thousandislandsmama
    thousandislandsmama at · Reply

    Alex your advent calendar is so pretty toilet paper rolls and all! I made a TP roll advent calendar a few years ago and it was great…but made by myself and the kids so not as pretty as yours…also I had not saved my TP rolls in advance and so I had some sorry looking bathroom hygene products for a while (click here if you want to see a pic of what I mean: http://thousandislandsmama.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/countdown-to-solstice/ ). Anywho, where did you pick up your ribbon? I love the Scandinavian look it gives. Thanks, Kelli

  38. Amy ~ LoveOnSunday
    Amy ~ LoveOnSunday at · Reply

    You’re amazing!!! I love how you used halloween chocolates as well. So much better than eating a sliver of chocolate. Best toilet paper project I’ve seen 🙂

  39. ohlidia
    ohlidia at · Reply

    Oh, this is just genius!

  40. now at home mom
    now at home mom at · Reply

    loving this very much Alex! 🙂 great idea to use the leftover toilet paper rolls for this project! & yep, I’m guilty of buying those $1 ones from the store too. I want to start preparing one for my nephew this year, last year I made one for Nate and can’t wait to use it this year again! 🙂
    pinning & tweet now 🙂

  41. Michelle
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    Love this! What a creative idea!

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  43. Gale
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    Hi! I’m collecting advent ideas for a post on my blog. I’d like to feature this. Would it be ok if I used a picture from this post? (e-mail me as i might not catch replies here, thanks).

  44. Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca
    Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca at · Reply

    This is really sweet, love the re-use, and the brown and red, and the simplicity of attaching the boxes to foam board, great ideas.

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  51. Lena
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    Oh my this is exactly what I need. Have been collecting toilet rolls all year now I can reuse them for my first advent calendar thank you so much!

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