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Little House Advent Calendar

DIY House Advent Calendar: A pattern for 3 sizes of paper houses, and printable number labels to make your own advent village.
DIY House Advent Calendar: A pattern for 3 sizes of paper houses, and printable number labels to make your own advent village.

I always like to do a little advent calendar for my girls.  This years house advent calendar might just be my favourite ever.

December mornings they’re excited to get down stairs after they’re dressed and beds are made, to open their advent calendar before breakfast.  My mom usually makes sure they each have a chocolate one, and I’ve done different ones with them over the years.  They’re been activities to do each day, lego, or play mobile to open,  and candles to burn to a certain point.  This year, since they’re getting a little older I went with these sweet little houses.

how to make a house advent calendar


  • white paper
  • old book pages
  • printed patterns 
  • printed numbers
  • scissors
  • glue

How To Make The House Advent Calendar

I made them all out of paper; regular, and an old book. You can find the pattern here.  And download a printable for the little numbers here.  Start by printing out our materials.

Use the pattern to trace out 24 houses on to your paper.  

Cut them out and fold and glue them together. 

Fill them with treats.

I sat one night and watched tv while I snipped, folded and glued, in-between cups of tea.  In the morning the girls were all ohs and ahs.

DIY paper advent calendar

I set them up on our little side table, and added some sweet wooden Christmas trees, and a sprinkling of snow.

DIY house advent calendar Christmas village

Of course they wanted to know what was inside.

Is it candy?

Or is it mini toys or treasures?

Is it activities?

All of the above would be great choices.

how to make your own advent calendar

But this year it’s jokes and Christmas carol picture puzzles.  It should make for a fun start to the day.  I found some online, printed them up and then rolled them and held them together with a little gold washi tape.

I love how this little DIY advent calendar turned out.  It looks so, so pretty in the living room.  It’s a delightful way to count down our way to the big day.  A little wonder as we edge closer to that wonderful day.

diy paper advent calendar

You can’t help but look down from this view, and think of God looking down on us, and sending help on that special night so long ago.

Hope you and yours are enjoying your own advent.

With a pretty little house advent calendar like this, life really is a party.

You might also like our Printable Christmas Advent Calendar Activities here.

Printable Christmas Advent Calendar Activities: with over 60 different activities to choose from pick 24 and make some special memories with your family this Christmas.

Also check out our Children’s Story Book Advent Calendar here.

You might also enjoy our Cookie Advent Calandar here.

Advent Calender Cookie Tree
Advent Calender Cookie Tree


  1. What an adorable advent idea!
    Perhaps it’s a glitch with my pc but the link is blank for the pattern. 🙁

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