Last year we made a fun advent calendar with glassine envelopes that we set up in a gold frame, and it actually became a craft kit in our line that was available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. This year we are feeling just as enthusiastic about our new paper advent calendar that you can use to count down the days to Christmas. You probably know how much we love treat boxes, so we decided to use that concept to create a 3D advent calendar with cute houses that can also be a display that contributes to your holiday home decor.
Download the PDF template for the paper advent calendar below. We also included an SVG file for the template, although this file will not have the printed numbers on the houses. We printed our paper advent calendar onto light cardstock in kraft. You won’t want the cardstock to be too heavy, or else it will be difficult to fold. The kraft paper gives it a more rustic, Scandinavian look, but you can use any color of cardstock that you want. The background of the file itself is white, so it would work well with a red and green color combination, or with a simple white cardstock.
After printing the paper houses, trim them with your scissors and fold along the dotted score lines. The houses will have tabs to show you where the design comes together, and we indicated where to glue for your convenience! Once you fold your paper houses, you can stick your favorite treats and trinkets inside. Seal the houses with glue, or add an adorable spin to the paper advent calendar with some ribbon or twine. Use a small hole punch to punch holes at the top of the houses and trees and then tie a pretty bow.
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