Today I wanted to share some pictures of my new printable advent calendar along with a little tutorial on how to make it up.
The advent calendar is a printable, colour in village with mini house boxes which you could fill with sweets or other little gifts. It could be used in different ways - make it with or for your children and either colour and make up the whole village before the start of advent, or colour one house a day until the whole scene is complete for Christmas day! I think the houses would look lovely along a shelf, windowsill or mantelpiece. Alternatively you could have a treasure hunt - hide them around your room / house and find a new one each day.
About the kit...
The kit is available to buy from my Etsy shop - it is an Instant Download, so you can download and print the sheets as soon as your payment clears. As it is a printable you can print the sheets as many times as you like (for your own personal use only) - so you could have one for each child, or print a new one to make up year after year.
There are 13 sheets included, to make 24 houses plus 2 tree backgrounds to complete your village scene. Instructions are included on the sheets and it is simple to make up the house boxes...
The houses and trees comes as black and white templates... I coloured mine with felt tip pens and coloured pencils. You can have fun choosing colours for your houses - will they be pastel, traditional or rainbow coloured?!
Once the colouring is finished, cut around the outsides of the house templates. (For a neat finish with straight lines, I used a craft knife and ruler but scissors would be easier - and safer! - for children).
Then score along the dashed lines (I used a bone folder and ruler with craft foam laid under the house).
Fold along the dashed lines, then start gluing the tabs marked glue. I suggest gluing tabs A and B first, then C and D to the insides of the house.
Then glue tabs E and F to the inside of the roof.
Fold over the remaining tabs on the roof and tuck inside the house.
It is now ready to fill with sweets or a small gift!
I will be sharing more photos of my advent calendar village through December over on my Facebook and Instagram pages. I would also love to see what your houses look like - what colours have you used and how are you displaying them? If you share your photos on social media tag your pictures #myhfcmakes