I’m pretty excited today to be part of the My Home Style Blog Hop! This week, a whole bunch of amazing bloggers are sharing their Christmas tree ideas to inspire you, and I get to be one of the crew. (Welcome, by the way, if you’re coming from the hop! And big thank you to Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living for hosting.) So! Without further ado, here’s a Christmas tree DIY that I think you’re gonna love. Like, deeply love. It’s a Christmas village advent gift tree!
Remember those cute little houses that we used a couple of weeks ago to create an advent calendar? Yep, this is where they were headed. There are twelve houses on this 4-foot pink flocked tree, and each house has a little gift tucked inside, that you can open on days leading up to Christmas.
The project was actually inspired by a local event that I’m participating in. And if you’re local to the Central Valley, you can go and see this tree in person at the Gallo Center for the Arts starting next week! Every year, the Community Hospice Foundation holds an event called Fantasy of Trees, where local designers each design a tree to be auctioned off. The proceeds from the auctions then go to provide hospice assistance for families with young children in need of hospice care. When they asked me to participate, I couldn’t think of a better way to give back to my community. I truly love it when I get to use my own specific talents and skills to help the place that I love so much!
So! In the spirit of DIY, I wanted to share the how-to here, in case you want to recreate our advent gift tree for yourself! If you really wanted to go hog wild, you could get a larger tree and do 24 houses, for a full advent calendar. That could be SUPER awesome. But if you want to do a little guy like we did, a 4-foot tree works perfectly.
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Advent Gift Tree
- 4 foot pink pre-lit Christmas tree
- assorted bottlebrush trees
- unfinished wood birdhouses (This is one of the houses we used. You can search Amazon for “unfinished birdhouses” and you’ll get a lot of options! I recommend getting them no taller than 7 inches, and varying your sizes.)
- Dremel saw
- optional: drill and cotton rope
- craft paint
- house decorations (I recommend going to your local craft store and checking out their Christmas miniatures section for ideas!)
- fake snow/glitter
Make Time: 5 Hours Plus Drying Time
We shared the tutorial for creating the houses right here! You’ll saw off the back, add a hanger if needed, and paint them and decorate to your liking. Check out this post for the how-to there.
Once all of the houses are completely dry, wrap your tiny advent gifts and add a gift to each house by slipping them into the back of the house where you cut the hole.
After all of the houses have gifts inside, carefully hang them on your tree. Be sure that the larger houses are hung on sturdy branches that can support them.
Finally, add more mini trees to your pink tree instead of ornaments! The mini trees really make the whole thing feel like a little Christmas village hanging on the tree. You could even add little electric candles inside of every house (or string extra Christmas lights inside) to make the houses glow.
It’s just so dang cute!!!
The next tree on the hop is Lemon Thistle’s Frosted Whites Tree, so be sure to head over there and check it out! And if you want to see the whole week, here’s the Christmas tree lineup so you can really go crazy. xoxo
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