Make A Paper Village Advent Calendar

November 18, 2017

For the past six years, I’ve had the pleasure of  freelancing regularly for both HGTV and DIY Network, creating crafts, sharing chicken and bee wisdom and gardening galore. This week, my daughter and I were given the task of putting a new twist on the traditional advent calendar. I had considered creating a new calendar. It dawned on me that it would be fun to create a Christmas paper village advent calendar. It could light up as each new evening arrived. As a little girl, some of my fondest memories were of my Mother’s Christmas village.

When we were little, my sisters and I always could not wait to set up the Department 56 Christmas village. My Mom took great joy in adding to the Charles Dickens inspired village and from 1980s-90s we watched it grow. As a result, soon enough it did not just take up a table top. With each year, its sprawl grew. As we spread out the snow, added lights to the houses and created the village square complete with snow filled trees, carolers and ice skaters my heart swelled with joy. I swear we would sit and stare at that tiny little village each night. Sipping on cocoa, we would wait to call Santa Claus until Dad got home from work. Since then, those are some of my fondest Christmas memories. Most of all, I wanted that village to come to life.

I suppose that was the inspiration for this village, replacing candy with lights and allowing my kids to have a new twist on my memory. This village came together with scrapbooking paper. It was inexpensive and fun. We assembled tiny paper houses and trees to make a village that would could be lit each evening.

I used a large round cake pan for the village and embellished it with a delightful red plaid ribbon.

We randomly numbered the trees and houses. Each night we add a new little part of the village into the cake pan and wait for evening.

In addition, the village comes to life when we turn on the battery powered tea lights. I like to imagine this as a tiny little Scandinavian village. It’s tucked away into the thick woodlands. Freshly fallen snow glistens on the rooftops lit by the light of a full winter moon.

Even the trees come to life as light dances behind the tiny snowflake cut outs.

Paper Village advent calendar

For those of you wondering, yes, my Mom still does the village and sets it up each and every year, now with my children.  It’s true that the magic of Christmas in that village is still there and I see it now in the kids eyes. I can’t wait to make this new paper village advent calendar a new tradition this year, starting on December 1st.

When I first did this post in 2017, it was for the DIY Network but now that network is no longer in existence. Some of you have requested that I share the steps to create one of your own. You can find them here below. Happy Creating!

Supply List:

Metal Tray

Scrapbook paper- Green, White and Red

Fake Snow

Snowflake Holepunch



Silver Metallic Sharpie Marker

You can find all of these supplies in my storefront here.


You will be making 12 trees and 12 houses.

First, start by making the trees. Cut a pattern template like so and trace it onto your forest green scrapbook paper.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY

Next, cut out and fold the paper like so.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY- making the tree

Then, punch out some snowflakes on the cut out. Then glue the edges together. Punch out some white snowflakes and attach them.  Make 12 trees.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY- punching the tree holes

Next make the 12 houses. First, cut out a template like so.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY- creating the houses

Then glue the house together like so.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY- assembling the house

Next cut a rectangle rooftop from the red scrapbook paper and glue it to the top of your house.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY

Top the houses with random white snowflakes

Now, label your house and trees with alternating numbers using your silver sharpie marker

Paper Advent Calendar DIY

Now it’s time to build the base. You will need your pan and ribbon.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY

Glue the ribbon around the base for a festive feel.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY

Add fake snow to the bottom of the pan.

For each, tree and house, add a battery operative tea light.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY

Finally nestle the trees in a woodland setting. Each day you will add a tree or a house with their own tea light. As the month progresses you will go from a lone house to an entire Christmas Eve village.



Your finished village will look like this.

Paper Advent Calendar DIY

Watch it flicker during the evening hours, imagining you are there awaiting the magic of the Christmas Holiday.


For more of my crafts from over the years, start under the Craft Tab above and the pull down menu. I hope to inspire you! Warm wishes for a very a peaceful holiday season.


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