Counting down the days to Christmas with an advent calendar is a fun holiday tradition we’ve enjoyed since we were kids. Watching our own kids wake up with glee each morning to discover a treat behind a door has brought more joy to the already joyful season. This year we are loving the trend of Advent Calendar Villages. Sweet little houses hiding a tasty treat, thoughtful message, or fun holiday activity inside. We love that you can DIY your own version to fit your style. This would be a super fun craft to do with kids!
We’ve found a few DIY tutorials, some easy to make printable versions, and even a pre-made village you can buy, just in case you aren’t into crafting. No judgment – that sweet little pastel village is currently en route to our house.
We love this super customizable version from Houzz. Add some sparkle with glitter paper, make it festive with wrapping paper or even old Christmas cards. They have provided 6 different templates for free, so you can build the perfect village to suit your mantle. Get the instructions here.
A Beautiful Mess has created a wonderful and easy to follow tutorial on how to create an advent village in as many shapes and sizes as you would like. No need for any template here, Katie walks you through each step on how to create any size building you want. They’ve created theirs in brown kraft paper, but we think it would look just as nice in all white. Or maybe a mixture of the two. Learn how to make your own here.
The crafty folk over at Lia Griffith have two different advent calendar villages you can DIY using their printable templates. One for your mantle and one that can hang on your Christmas tree, or as a garland. Lia Griffith offers a monthly membership at $9.99(USD) for access to their library of crafts and printables, so you can download both of these plus tons of other holiday crafts. See the mantle version here and the garland version here.
If you are feeling adventurous, why not make your village out of wood? These ones have holes cut in the roof to hold test tubes filled with treats. They look like colourful (and delicious) chimneys! Get the free tutorial from Curbly.
If you love the wooden look but don’t want to break out any heavy-duty equipment, try making this version from Sugar and Charm. She uses Balsa wood, which is soft and thin enough to cut with scissors. We love that she added snow to the roofs! Get the free tutorial here.
If you don’t mind paying a few dollars, finding an instant download and print version on Etsy is really easy. Here are a few we found that would look great surrounded by twinkle lights.
hfcSupplies has created this instant download version that can be coloured in. What a great way to get the kids to join in! $12.67 on Etsy.
This whimsical village from LittleLlamaShoppe is so charming! The details are amazing. From tiny bunting hanging from houses to miniature mice standing on balconies. Simply adorable! $6.86 on Etsy.
If you want to buy your own already printed and cut out, this paper version from Meri Meri includes 24 adorable figures that you simply fold to make 3D houses and trees. No scissors, glue or tape needed. The pastel version even has windmills – how cute! $18 (USD) from Bonjour Fete.
Do you do Advent Calendars for Christmas each year? Tell us about it in the comments below!