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