DIY Wooden Houses Advent Calendar


This year’s DIY Advent Calendar is definitely my favorite so far! These tiny wooden houses lined up on my mantle are just about the most charming Christmas decor ever! I made the advent wooden houses out of Balsa wood, which is soft and easy to cut with scissors. We created an awesome printable template so you can make your own! The houses are bottomless so you just lift them up and your treats are under the house! I decorated ours with gold spray paint and a lot of snow, but these are a blank canvas when you make them, so be creative and do whatever you like! Starting December 1st, I’ll have a Godiva treat for Zan and I, as well as something small for Romeo and we’ll countdown to Christmas. Another cute idea is to write down a holiday activity you want to do everyday to put in each house. It can be something small like hot cocoa or make a Christmas craft. Also, you can print scriptures to put in each house telling the story of Christmas. Whatever you decide to do, I know you’ll enjoy these sweet, little advent houses!

Directions below…


1. Print out the template you can find here and cut out the shapes.

2. Use the shapes to cut the Balsa wood. I just placed it onto and then cup around the shape of the house. You’ll have 6 pieces for one house.

3. Hot glue the sides of the houses together.

4. Once they’re assembled, spray paint them gold or whatever color you want!

5. Put clear glue on the roof of the house and pile on the fake snow.

6. Add the number stickers to each house.

7. Line them up and place candy, a scripture, activity or a treat under each house!

8. Countdown to Christmas and enjoy your advent calendar houses!!

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13 responses to DIY Wooden Houses Advent Calendar

  1. sharon
    November 14, 2014

    Very sweet! And that snow looks so real!

  2. November 14, 2014

    Well now this is the cutest Advent calendar project ever!!!

    1. Eden
      November 14, 2014

      Thanks Marla!! I’m happy with how it turned out and I’m enjoying them lined on my mantel!! Thanks for the sweet comment 🙂

  3. Pops
    November 14, 2014

    Best DIY idea yet. They’re beautiful, and the candy looks special!

    1. Eden
      November 19, 2014

      Haha!! Thanks Pops!! The candy is special, maybe you’ll get a box for Christmas, ha!

  4. November 29, 2014

    These are so lovely and fun! They look great on the mantel piece and I appreciate how they can be used year-after-year.

    1. Eden
      December 4, 2014

      Thank you Cathie! They were fun to make too!!

  5. November 1, 2015

    It’s so beautiful !

  6. Cheryl
    November 23, 2015

    I am absolutely in love with this advent calendar! I went to Michaels and bought the balsa wood and cut the pieces and they are glueing together beautifully. I can’t wait to paint them tomorrow. Only thing is that i cannot find fake snow other than the spray on kind. Do you remember what you used? Thanks for sharing your brilliant craft!

    1. Eden
      November 23, 2015

      Yay!! Love hearing this Cheryl! I actually bought the faux snow at Michaels! Funny, I was just in there today buying more snow (haha) and they had it in little bags by the trees. Maybe they were sold out?! Otherwise, I’m sure you can find it on Amazon. Show me a photo when you’re done! Would love to see!!

    2. Diana
      October 5, 2018

      I am horrible with math. I can not figure out how many sheets I need to get so that i only need to make 1 trip. Please tell me what size and how many please.

  7. Debbie
    September 15, 2018

    Beautiful. What is the thickness of the balsa wood used for the houses.

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