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There are so many advent calendars on the market these days – Lego, Playmobil, Funko Pop… but what happens when you have a little Tonka fan in your house? You make your own calendar – and it’s really simple! Tonka Tiny toys are loved by the boys – the teeny little details, the working parts, the stackable interlocking garages they come with – and now they have stickers in them too – you can create a whole scene with them and I had no idea! They’re available as single blind boxes and in packs of three – where two are visible and one is a surprise! You can win one of these sets of three at the bottom of this post!
WHAT YOU NEED
- 24 CARDBOARD TUBES
- DOUBLE SIDED TAPE
- COLOURED CARD
- 24 TONKA TINY GARAGES
HOW TO MAKE A TONKA TINYS ADVENT CALENDAR
EASY DIY ADVENT CALENDAR
So this is what your calendar will look like when finished. We used a pole to hang ours from, but you can use a stick or anything you like – or pin them around your home to find! Here’s how to make this…
STEP ONE: CUT THE CARD
STEP ONE: So I used A4 Card, and placed it landscape. I wrapped the tube and cut the card to let it just overlap – probably about 2/3 of the card was needed.
I popped some double sided table on both sides of them tube themselves and also at the beginning of the card edge to seal it when wrapped. I removed the tape and starting at the untaped end of the card, I rolled them up and sealed them.
STEP TWO: SEAL AND CUT SLITS
At each end of your tube there’s overhanging card. Make three little cuts in the cardboard on each end at equal intervals then fold and tuck the one end inwards. You can tape if you want to, but our card was thick enough to stay folded.
STEP THREE: CREATE THE NUMBERS
So I cut the numbers out freehand but you can use anything, there are so many pretty ones in the shops these days! I cut out numbers 1-24 on card and then cut shadow-like backgrounds for them too. We used Tonka brand colours but you can use any you like! I stuck the numbers to their backing with a glue stick.
STEP FOUR: FIX NUMBERS TO TUBES
STEP FOUR: Fixing the numbers to the tubes sounds very simple, but as I had alternating/random colours to match the Tonka theme, it took me some juggling to get the colours all mixed and equal! I stuck them on with double sided tape.
STEP FIVE: QUALITY CHECK & TEA BREAK
It might sound ridiculous but at this point I lined everything up and made sure my trucks were in order [sorry]. Everything stuck on, everything holding together and no numbers missed out. Have a cup of tea. And a biscuit – or a mince pie if you’re lucky enough to have had one already. You’re halfway there!
STEP SIX: FILL THE TONKA TINYS ADVENT CALENDAR TUBES
STEP SIX: Filling up the tubes was the most exciting part. Mostly because I got to see what was going into each tube! Inside Tonka Tinys are teeny versions of all kinds of amazing vehicles – and some stickers and bits too. The garages where they’re stored were too big for the advent tubes and so instead we decided to keep the garages empty and fill them as they’re revealed!
STEP SEVEN: HANGING THE RIBBON
Our Tonka Tinys Advent Calendar is going to be hung up – and so we used an old metal broom handle for ours to keep it construction like! We cut ribbons at different lengths in grey and yellow and alternated these for each number advent tube. We hung them going from left to right 1-24, so think about the order you want to see them in when you’re putting them on!
STEP EIGHT: THE REVEAL!
Step Eight: Finally you’re done! I’ve hidden mine from the boys because from December 1st, they’ll be opening it and you can see what we find on Our instagram stories! Follow us, @KeepUpWithTheJonesFamily for more fun and competitions on the lead up to the big day!