Advent House

Yes I know we just had Thanksgiving, but it's coming............

Now I know why I've never made an advent calendar before; 25 of anything is a lot. I found this building in a Dover book on victorian architecture, but I needed to alter it for my purposes. I numbered each window (and the door), found toy clip art, placed them just right, etc, etc. (Time for a nap).

Now for the easy part. Download the house here and print it out on card stock. Download the toys here and print on the same sized card stock. Use the letter borderless page set-up on both.

card stock
glue stick
chip board or foam core (optional)

Exacto knife

With an exacto blade, cut 3 sides of each window, leaving one edge as the hinge. Don't open the windows yet. On the toy paper, place glue around the edges and between the toys. Place the two pieces of paper together and press to adhere. Trim around the building. Glue this calendar to chipboard or foam core, if necessary. Open one window each day; they each have numbers. (It might help to have a straight pin or toothpick handy to help open the windows.) Enjoy!


KeLLy aNN said...


NanaDiana said...

Really, really cute advent calendar! hugs-Diana

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

What a unique calendar. The Bavarian Christmas linky party is now open-won’t you come and join us at

molly susan strong said...

I love it, especially hand made. I will say that Santa is my favorite all time image of good old Saint Nic. New follower!

Cassie said...

I absolutely love it!!!
What a fabulous project!
I am your newest follower!!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Great job! I need to get on the ball and make an advent calendar!

Jennifer @ Muse Lodge said...

So cool...I love the color scheme!

Jill said...

Very nice! I agree 25 is a lot to do of something!
Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit!
Hope you have a lovely week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

You are so clever. This is the coolest advent calendar. I love it, and so generous of you to share. You're a doll. Thank you so much for linking to the Boardwalk Bragfest. This is great!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, that is a tedious job putting that together. Looks great. Thanks for joining in this week.

Lisa said...

Cute project!

concretenprimroses said...

what a fun and wonderful idea!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What a great idea! I am impressed. People seem to forget about Advent so I really like this idea.

Sandy Ang said...

Your advent calendar is so sophisticated and elegant !

Van said...

Someone typed brilliant and I agree. Very polished and pretty results!

I'm new here, love the spirit of this blog! I'm a new follower :D

I have a Holiday themed link party and I've love you to link this craft up to it today:

A Girl said...

Love it!

Kristen @ said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings! I love this advent calendar! So pretty!!

Suzy said...

Very nice!! Thanks for linking up to my Commercial Break Thursday!


AmieAnn said...

This is sooo cool and original! Love it! Hope you share with my Pink Hippo Party @

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Love your images...especially the Victorian house. You really are quite crafty, Gail!

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing what you link up each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Nikki said...

Super cute!!!!! Thanks so much for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

AllieMakes! said...

Excellent job! I just love the advent calendars! Don't you?
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Jami Nato said...

this is super adorable. i need to get on my advent stuff...i'm thinking i'll be doing 12 days instead of 25 because i'm a slacker. ha.

Rosemary said...

Gail, what an awesome advent calendar! Love the uniqueness of this. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us at Betty Bee's Buzz!!

June Houck said...

How very clever! Thank you for linking to Betty Bee's buzz...hope to see you every Friday for Buzz, Brag & Bee Happy Friday :)

Brenda Kula said...

Oh, I do like this one! Very unique!

maggy, red ted art said...

Oh my, this advent calendar is fabulous!!!

Would love for you to link up at Kids Get Crafty? It's every Wednesday over at Red Ted Art, current linky:

Hope to see you there!


Shauna {SK Studios} said...

this is awesome!!! i love the nostalgic feel to the house- thanks for the inspiration!!

Vanessa said...

That is one of the most unique Advent calendars I have seen out there! It kind of reminds me of the house from the "Madeline" book series. So darling! Thanks so much for linking up to the party this week!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Super cute project! This is so charming and sweet~ thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

So Creative and Fun!
Thanks for playing along with my Friday Pretties. Very Fun!

Maggie said...

oh wow i luv this take on the new advent calendar.

Melissa said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

Debra@Common Ground said...

LOVE this advent house, it's very unique and creative. Great that you could find this, love the look.
Thanks for linking up with VIF!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Very very sweet! So much fun. Now if only it was edible. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Anonymous said...

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Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

This is so cool. I never thought of making my own.

Meg said...

Oh, such a great idea! I especially love how your goal is FREE everything! How nice are you??? Thanks for linking up to my party!

Hope you can join my stocking stuffer giveaway going on now, too!

Crystal said...

What a great and cute idea!

malia said...

Featuring this project tomo at A Crafty Soiree
Thank you!

Jerri said...

What a cute advent!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week. Hope to see you again this week. Also, I'd like to invite you to come by next Thursday for my Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party!

freckled laundry said...

Very cool & clever. Love it. Thank you so much for linking to my party!


Bella said...

This is awesome, and I know my son would be in heaven making it. He loves doing stuff like this, just like his mama, (me, lol)

Thanks for linking up tp **Amaze me August** I'm late on my comments, but you know I love and appreciate all of you!!!!

Gail, you have to come enter my giveaway sweety, it's ending tomorrow, and you get extra entries just for participating in my parties. I would hate for you to miss this, SEVEN prizes, ONE winner!!!

Thanks again,

Bella :)

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Might also want to try googledocs which takes you outta the "have to take action" loop.

Just a thought.

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abdullah said...

Cute! What a fun card. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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