Hello there! December is coming around quickly and very soon we will be drowning in seas of eggnog, pine trees and chocolate. It's a beautiful time of year, but there are many ways in which people around the world celebrate it. Where I live, Denmark, the traditions aren't so different from the USA for example, but in terms of style and color palette there are quite a lot of variations. I've noticed that in Denmark we try our best to keep the colors neutral or monochromatic, as opposed to the US where reds and greens dominate the majority of christmas decor items (which is absolutely gourgeous also, but not my personal aesthetic). So this Christmas I will try to show alternative ways in which you can make your house festive and ready for December, while maintaining a clean and nordic style and feel. My first DIY this Christmas is this advent calendar. It is made up of 24 paper houses with the numbers 1-24 written on the front, representing each day until Christmas Eve. At the end of this blog post I will show you three different ways you can arrange the houses in order to fit your needs. I made a Youtube video showing how I made the houses step by step and I made some free printable templates that you can download in case you want to try this DIY. So let's get into it:
Here are a list of the materials you'll need:
Thick, neutral colored paper (the heavier the paper, the more durable the houses)
A white colored pencil for decorating
ny type of string or yarn - mine was also white
Glue stick or tape
A pair of scissors
A paper scoring tool (I just used a small metal ruler)
Click on the images down below to download the templates. They are meant for an A4 size piece of paper.
Start by printing the templates onto your paper or drawing the houses yourself. Cut along all the lines on the outside and leave the lines on the inside of the shape uncut. Then score the remaining lines with a sharp edge or dull knife so the paper is not cut but simply easier to fold exactly where we want it to fold. Remember to fold all the part inwards toward the lines so we end up with the visible lines on the inside of the house.
Now decorate your houses the way you want. Typically you would put the numbers from 1-24/25 on the boxes. I also chose to draw some subtle icicles on the front and sides of each house. Punch a hole in the ends of each of the longest sides (these are going to be in the roof) as seen on the photo down below). Finally put glue or tape on the small flaps (six in total) and assemble your house. You should now have a sturdy little house with no visible template marks or gaps ready to fill with treats. r
The first arrangement of the advent calendar I'd like to show you is this cute little winter village/landscape. I simply placed all the houses somewhat randomly in a windowsill along with some mini faux pine trees and a few white origami stars that I made from leftover scrappaper.
The second display is a regular 40x40 cm canvas on which I hung the paper houses. I just used regular pins and stuck them through at an angle. I paired the canvas with a small bouquet of eucalyptus branches, a paper Christmas star (my next video will be a tutorial on this as well as other diy ornaments), a simple candle with golden feathers and a silver heart ornament. I love the clean and fresh look of this setup.
The last option I have for you is hanging all the houses on a string or ribbon with tiny clothing pins. I used a very natural coloured ribbon which I thought complimented the color of both the houses and the pins very well. I hung the arragement over a small table where I had placed this very simple flower and a few candles. Again, a simple but cute way to place your advent calendar.
Thank you so much for reading, and please remember to check out my Youtube video I did on this calendar <3