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.
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.
Continue to make 14 houses total. For the rooftops, cut out red paper rectangles to fit the rooftops, and hot glue them into place.
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!
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.
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.
Hot glue the ribbon of your choice around the perimeter of the cake pan.
Add a bag of fake snow to the bottom of the pan. Then begin to assemble the village.
You can add all the houses and trees at once, or you can add one each day in December. It's up to you!
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.
Be sure to turn off the candles each evening before bed to conserve the batteries.
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.