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Recycling Can Advent Calendar

This year I wanted to do an Advent calendar with the kids, but December 1st came today and I still hadn’t bought one. I could have run out to the store and picked one up, but I decided to make my own  instead from items laying around the house. I love how these came out because I am re-using items in a season where there is much waste, I was able to combine the Christmas Story of Jesus Christ, Messages of goodwill and treats.

After looking around I collected paper rolls, a box lid, some tissue paper, ans some scrap fabric (ribbon, elastic, or tape would have worked fine too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI cut the rolls down to size and hot glued 24 of them into the box lid.


Now it is time for the goodies. I added enough candies for each family member of age to eat candy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext I printed the story of Jesus from a children’s bible and cut it into 24 pieces. Those went into each package too.


I then cut up 24 scraps of paper and wrote down various acts of goodwill. I included a mix of things to do for family, friends, neighbors, and strangers.


When all 24 were stuffed I covered them with tissue paper (that came from inside my new boots) and wrapped them shut with scraps of fabric left over from yesterday’s craft.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe placed in on the kitchen counter and will open one each night. When we get to December 25th we can either save it for next year, toss it in the recycling can, or put it in the compost!