Introduction

Advent calendars have been in use since the early 19th century. Starting as a German tradition, they typically share a scene, a biblical verse or a piece of chocolate. This year, I was excited to think about doing something a little non-traditional, while seeking out modern and minimal holiday decor. The idea of a quaint woodland village glowing and glistening in the dark starry winter night was idyllic, and that's how this craft came to life. It's a new twist on a time-honored December tradition.

Step 1

Make the House Pattern

Start with a piece of white paper to make the house pattern. The house sides are made from two 1.5-inch squares, and two other squares with the pitch of the roof that is 2 inches in height. After the final square leave a 1/3-inch extra piece to use for the hot glue.

Step 2

Add a Roof to the Paper Advent Village House

Add a Roof to the Paper Advent Village House

DIY Network shows you how to add red roofs to the paper houses.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Make the Village

Continue to make 14 houses total. For the rooftops, cut out red paper rectangles to fit the rooftops, and hot glue them into place.

Pro Tip

For easier roof building, fold the roof in half. Then, working upside down, glue on one side of the roof, hold it in place, and let it dry (mere seconds). Next, glue on the other side of the roof in the same fashion, and flip the tiny house over. Voila!

Step 3

Snowy Rooftops in the Paper Advent Village

Snowy Rooftops in the Paper Advent Village

DIY Network shows you how to add paper snowflakes to the rooftops.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Let It Snow

Next, with the snowflake hole punch, punch out some mini-snowflakes from the white paper scraps to decorate the rooftops.

Step 4

Paper Advent Village Trees

Paper Advent Village Trees

DIY Network shows you how to trace out the pattern on the paper for the trees.

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Melissa Caughey

Make the Woodland Forest

Using two shades of dark green paper, trace an assortment of trees using the pattern shown. To vary the heights, simply cut some trees shorter on the rounded edge.

Step 5

Fold the Paper Trees for the Paper Advent Village

Fold the Paper Trees for the Paper Advent Village

DIY Network shows you how to assemble the trees for the paper advent village

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Melissa Caughey

Assemble the Trees

The trees are folded as you would a paper airplane. Before gluing, punch out some snowflake so the light can shine through the trees. The final tree shape is a triangle. To achieve this look, simply glue the two side panels to one another.

Step 6

Make the Trees for the Paper Advent Village

Make the Trees for the Paper Advent Village

DIY Network shows you how to add snowflakes to the paper trees for the village.

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Melissa Caughey

Add Snow

Make a total of 10 trees, and then add a few white snowflake to their sides, like you did for the houses earlier.

Step 7

Number the Paper Advent Village

Number the Paper Advent Village

DIY Network shows you how to number the trees and houses.

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Melissa Caughey

Add Numbers

In whatever manner you like, assign a number to each house and tree, one through 24. I alternated between houses and trees and added numbers with a permanent silver marker.

Step 8

Decorate the Cake Pan

Hot glue the ribbon of your choice around the perimeter of the cake pan.

Step 9

Begin the Countdown for the Paper Advent Village

Begin the Countdown for the Paper Advent Village

DIY Network shows you how to add a new house or tree to the village each night.

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Melissa Caughey

Add Snow

Add a bag of fake snow to the bottom of the pan. Then begin to assemble the village.

Pro Tip

You can add all the houses and trees at once, or you can add one each day in December. It's up to you!

Step 10

Add Lights to the Paper Advent Village

Add Lights to the Paper Advent Village

DIY Network shows you how to light up the village when day turns to night.

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Melissa Caughey

Hello, December 1st!

Each day working in numerical order, add either a house or a tree, and watch your village glow. In the evening, be sure to light up the LED light and watch the houses and trees magically come to life.

Pro Tip

Be sure to turn off the candles each evening before bed to conserve the batteries.

Step 11

The Completed Paper Advent Village is Illuminated

The Completed Paper Advent Village is Illuminated

DIY Network shares what the completed village looks like when you reach December 24th.

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Melissa Caughey

Merry Christmas

It is so fun to arrange the village over the month and watch as each new addition to the village becomes filled with life. Soon enough the village sleeps as Christmas Eve arrives. Christmas Day will soon be here to celebrate the miracle and joy of the holiday.

The Trees and Houses Glow in the Paper Advent Village

The Trees and Houses Glow in the Paper Advent Village

DIY Network shows you how to illuminate the village to bring it to life.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey