Upcycled Tin Can Advent Calendar

By: Claire Armstrong from
Upcycled Tin Can Advent Calendar
Upcycled Tin Can Advent Calendar

"Get ready for the countdown to Christmas by making your own homemade advent calendar. This is a truly upcycled calendar made by using tin cans. Also as well as filling the cans with a treat, I cut out the Christmas pictures from old Christmas cards. On the back of each of these cards I wrote a cheesy Christmas joke. Not only do my kids get a treat everyday, but hopefully I make them smile too, as they read the cheesy Christmas joke."

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsRecycled Materials


Materials List

  • 25 Tin cans
  • 25 red rubber bands
  • White paper, red sharpie
  • Glue gun, or foam double sticky pads
  • Old Christmas cards and Christmas treats.


  1. Draw round a bowl and cut out 25 white discs of paper slightly bigger than the tin can lid.

  2. Write numbers 1-25 of each of the discs.

  3. Cut out 25 Christmas pictures from old Christmas card and write a cheesy joke on the back (joke link on my blog).

  4. Fill each can with treat and joke. Attach paper lid with rubber band.

  5. Arrange tin cans in a tree shape and stick together with hot glue gun on sticky foam pads.

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