Advent Village DIY

Darling paper houses as and advent calendarEvery year, I enjoy coming up with a new way to package little surprises and activity cards for our advent calendar. My girls wake up delighted at the thought of opening tiny presents and treats as we count down until Christmas morning. I was scrolling through advent ideas on the ol’ Internet last week, and I came across several advent villages. I loved the idea, so I decided to take a stab at creating my own!

-brown kraft paper or card stock
-clear tape
-X-Acto knife & scissors
-sticker numbers
-cutting mat (optional)
-tiny toys and treats!

Advent houses step 1Advent houses step 21.) To begin, cut your craft paper to whatever size you desire. I wanted my village to have all different sized buildings, so this number varied for me. Once you have your rectangle cut, fold it into quarters. On the second and fourth columns, use a ruler to mark the center and draw your roof pitch.

Advent houses step 32.) Next, use your X-Acto knife to cut small windows in your building. This can be as many or as few as you’d like! Once you’ve cut the windows, tape the edges of the building together to form your box.

Advent houses step 4Advent houses step 53.) Measure the width where your roof will go and cut a strip of paper long enough and wide enough to fit. Fold the strip in half and tape it on.

Advent houses step 6Advent houses step 74.) Now, add your number sticker and repeat…23 more times! Easy peasy!

Advent calendar village (click through for tutorial)Darling advent villageAdorable DIY for advent calendar housesDarling advent calendar villageI adore the glow of the little village on top of our dresser at night, and my girls are eagerly anticipating December 1st! This project only took a few hours (not counting wrapping all the tiny presents times two), and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. The advent village definitely gives our previous wooden advent tree a run for its money. Happy crafting, friends! xo. Katie

Credits//Author and photography: Katie Shelton. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I love this idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! It’s easier than I thought. I guess it’s late for advent calendar DIY now, so I will make a village to decorate my dinning table.

  • I love this idea! My husband and I did an activity filled advent calendar this year and I can’t wait to start tomorrow!

  • really beautiful
    love all the browns,
    Advent calendars are such a fun project and favorite tradition in our house
    thanks !!

  • Katie, this is so, so beautiful. I love that the materials to make it are cheap. You bet I’d decorate mine with some glitter or fake snow.

    Only one more day before the countdown begins. I know what I’m doing tonight.

  • Looks very nice! Great work!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • This is such a cute idea, especially since it combines an advent calendar with some wonderful Christmas decoration!

  • This looks adorable! Great idea, it’s a very nice variation on a classic advent calendar!

  • This is such a cute idea! I may have to try this out. I love anything Christmas!
    Unique Geek

  • This is adorable. I bought my son a little chocolate advent calendar at Trader Joe’s this year. 🙂 Your idea is much cuter.

  • This is so pretty and minimalist looking. So pretty!

  • I love it!!! It looks amazing

  • Adorable! I have one for my daughter since years. I once embroidered 24 little bags (still grateful that I finished that project, haha). But these houses are so cute as well!

  • Home made advent calendars are always the best. This is such a cute way to decorate for the holidays while also counting down to Christmas. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  • Dear Katie, it’s so cute, I would love to make my own village next year, as my Advent Calendar is already made , it looks like this I will carefuly keep this lovely idea for next Xmas. Wishing you a nice evening.

  • This is absolutely adorable. I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • This is SO FUN and the simple white lights really pull it all together. You guys are always full of wonderful ideas.


  • Oh my goodness this is amazing! It even doubles up as a pretty neat decor around the house. Oh the possibilities too!

  • OMG I love this! This is my very first Christmas on my own and I dont have a whole lot of money (or really any at all) to spend on decorations, this would be absolutely for my home. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, yes please! This is so adorable I don’t even have the words…

    Thanks for sharing, Katie!

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