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Countdown To Christmas: DIY Paper Christmas Advent Calendar Village

Celebrate the month of December with this DIY paper Christmas advent calendar village! The countdown to Christmas day has never been so fun.

DIY paper Christmas advent calendar village - Count down to Christmas day with this fun homemade advent calendar, lift each house and tree and find a treat inside!

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit around these parts, and as December approaches, the countdown to Christmas begins. I always get the kids an advent calendar, normally store bought. This year, an addicting, time consuming entity, also known as Pinterest, swept me away from store bought and inspired me to make my own!

I saw some manufactured advent calendars set up village style. That’s it! An Advent Calendar Village I can make myself!

DIY Christmas advent calendar village

Homemade paper Christmas advent calendar village

How to make a DIY paper Christmas advent calendar village

This DIY Christmas advent calendar village was super easy to make. I already had the construction paper, wrapping paper, tape, glue, etc. The trees are made of green construction paper, rolled into cones and taped on the inside. I folded a few origami boxes out of red and yellow paper (learned this in elementary school), and made a trip to the dollar store to get a 12 pack of favor boxes (or get them on Amazon) and some star stickers to use as ornaments. Also, I printed out the numbers in different sizes and randomly glued them on each piece of the village.

Countdow the days of December, make your own DIY paper Christmas advent calendar village

Each day starting December 1st, the kids will have to locate the corresponding box of the day and find a treat inside! I bought a bag of mini candy canes and Andes mints at the dollar store, and I will also use coins, bells, little notes to find treats around the house, and other random holiday trinkets.

The neat part about this DIY Christmas advent calendar village is that you can do whatever you want. No strict rules here. As long as you have 25 different containers, you’re golden! You can decorate your boxes as houses, add skyscrapers, schools, a church, etc. I chose to make mine colorful, I absolutely love how it turned out! It took a little longer than expected, about an hour, but I think it’s because I decided to wrap and decorate the gift boxes. MJ was such a good helper, too. He decorated the Christmas trees and can’t wait for the first of the month to get here.

Paper Christmas trees in our DIY Christmas advent calendar village

Make your own DIY Christmas advent calendar village at home with your family! It was fun to make, and we love the tradition of the countdown to Christmas. We currently have our homemade advent calendar village as the centerpiece on our dining table, surrounding a vase of poinsettias. I think it would also look cute on a fire place mantle or a long bar area. Have fun and enjoy the holidays!


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6 Comments

  • Yours turned out wonderful. I would love to make one of these for my grandchildren next year. They will love it and I will have a lot of fun making it.

  • I like how this is a craft that all the children can take part in. There are enough for even the adults to do a bunch also. Its a great incidental learning tool as well. Whether it be shapes for little ones or subtraction for those a little older.a

  • I love this! I like how they are different sizes so you can pick all kinds of fun prizes to put in there 😉 I will have to make this next year!

  • This is so cute! I especially love the trees and could see them being done in an array of decorative papers. Maybe even silver and golds on a mantle!

  • I love the idea, we always had advent calendars as a kid but I love that you’ve also made it into a decorative element as well so it serves a double purpose. Thanks for the great idea, I’ll have to remember it for future years

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