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Advent Calendar Idea: A Christmas Village with Gifts Inside

This advent calendar idea so so charming! A tiny, handpainted Christmas village holds a daily advent gift in each house. Check out the tutorial to learn how to get the gifts inside!

How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar

A couple of years back, this little Christmas village DIY from my friend Kelly took the internet by storm. The kids and I made our own version of the Christmas village for our home, and each year we add one or two houses to it.

This year, I’m putting a twist on the village and turning it into an Advent Calendar!

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An Advent Calendar Idea for Displaying Your Christmas Village

This advent calendar idea eventually became part of our advent tree! Check out this post to see how we displayed our village on a little pink tree. It’s so charming, and perfect for kiddos.

Also, you can check out the Studio DIY tutorial for painting and decorating the village — she has an amazing how-to right here. For the rest of the tutorial on how to make your houses hold little gifts inside, keep reading!

Supplies to Make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar

Bring Your Advent Calendar Idea to Life

  1. Start by cutting the back off of all of your houses. You’ll use an oscillating Dremel tool to cut off a portion of the back wall of each house. Cut a hole large enough to fit a small gift inside.
  2. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges on the hole that you cut.
  3. If you think you might want to hang your houses on a garland, wall, or tree, add a hanger to any houses that don’t already have one. Use a drill to drill a hole through the top of your house. Then take an 8″ piece of cotton rope, fold it in half, and tie the ends together so that it forms a loop. Put the loop inside the house and push it up through the hole you drilled. The knot should stop the loop and be strong enough to hang your house from. Mask all the loops with masking tape.
  4. Once you’ve got the back cut out and the loops added (if you want them), paint and decorate your houses using this tutorial!
  5. Allow your houses to dry completely. Then, wrap all of your little gifties and insert them in the houses via the holes you cut in the back.
  6. Add number stickers to your houses for the days of advent! We used 12 houses here (kind of a “Twelve Days of Christmas” Advent Calendar), but you could go big and do 24!
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar

A few More Ideas

I just love this idea! It serves as decor and also as a countdown calendar for the holidays. I love that you can peek through the windows and get a glimpse of the gifts inside.

I also just love the feelings of tradition and joy that an advent calendar can bring to the Christmas season. And if you celebrate another holiday, or just the holiday season in general, you can use it as a simple countdown calendar. Hope you love this little project! xoxo

How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar
How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar

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How to make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar Idea: A Christmas Village

Yield: Christmas Village Advent Calendar
Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $40

This advent calendar idea is charming and such a fun holiday tradition!

Materials

  • mini unpainted birdhouses
  • assorted bottlebrush trees
  • sandpaper
  • optional: drill and cotton rope
  • craft paint
  • mini winter decorations
  • ModPodge
  • fake snow
  • number stickers
  • small gifts and gift wrap

Tools

  • Dremel saw
  • paintbrushes

Instructions

    1. Start by cutting the back off of all of your houses. You'll use an oscillating Dremel tool to cut off a portion of the back wall of each house. Cut a hole large enough to fit a small gift inside.
    2. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges on the hole that you cut.
    3. If you think you might want to hang your houses on a garland, wall, or tree, add a hanger to any houses that don't already have one. Use a drill to drill a hole through the top of your house. Then take an 8" piece of cotton rope, fold it in half, and tie the ends together so that it forms a loop. Put the loop inside the house and push it up through the hole you drilled. The knot should stop the loop and be strong enough to hang your house from. Mask all the loops with masking tape.
    4. Once you've got the back cut out and the loops added (if you want them), paint and decorate your houses using this tutorial!
    5. Allow your houses to dry completely. Then, wrap all of your little gifties and insert them in the houses via the holes you cut in the back.
    6. Add number stickers to your houses for the days of advent! We used 12 houses here (kind of a "Twelve Days of Christmas" Advent Calendar), but you could go big and do 24!

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