Isn’t Christmas simply the most magical time of the year? A time for opening up our hearts, showing those we love how much we care and for creating special memories with them. But it’s especially magical for the little people in our life. There’s a Christmas quote I saw which I simply love which says, “In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas; in their hearts we find the meaning” and this year I am especially joyful to create many more Christmas memories and traditions with my little Annie. In the last few months she has blossomed into this beautiful curious little girl who simply lights up our life every single day with her little quirks, her adventurous spirit and the little things she does and says.
One day when she is older I want her to look back on her Christmas memories and remember the magic and joy not only of Christmas morning but the weeks leading up to it, how we baked cookies, put the tree up and decorated our home, how we shopped for our yearly Snow Globe to add to our collection, how we gave back to those less fortunate than us and how we excitedly counted down each day until Christmas.
So this year I decided to do an Advent Calendar to make each day of December leading up to Christmas extra special for her. Knowing how much she loves a good “suplise” I know she is going to love this year’s advent, but I wanted to share the DIY printable with you too and hope you will create wonderful Christmas memories.
In line with our Christmas theme we created a Christmas Village Advent Box, which can equally double up as a little favour box for your table setting. I loved the idea of incorporating the Bakery into our village which also boasts a Coffee Shop and Toy Store.
To start with print the template on plain white card stock paper. You may choose to do this on a colour printer at home or take the PDF file to a local print shop. I had mine printed by Jetline in Century City on 160gsm card stock. Gather required materials – a good pair of scissors, a glue stick, and a ruler or straight edge to score the folds. You can use a bone folder for scoring if you have one or simply pre-fold.
Cut the template out. Refer to diagram below. Cut lines are solid and black. Fold lines are dashed and pink.
You can now pre-score your fold lines with a bone folder if you have one and ruler or straight edge. Pre-fold the lines you have just scored and then flatten the template back out again.
Apply glue to the side tab. Cover the surface evenly. Line the tab up under the far side to form a box. At this point it’s a good idea to flatten the box and press along the seal you have just created to ensure it adheres well. To begin forming the base, fold up the rectangular tab. Next apply glue and fold down the tab that lies opposite to the rectangular tab. Apply glue and fold in one of the side tabs. Finally, apply glue and fold in the last side tab. Set the box down and use a long instrument to press down and secure the base tabs from above. You could use your bone folder, ruler, or the fat end of a pencil. Squeeze the tops together to form the peak of the roof.
To fasten the boxes I used miniature wooden clothes pegs which I bought at the craft store and painted red. I then used hot glue to glue the numbers onto the pegs.
The fun part was obviously filling the boxes with all the treats and gifts. For Annie’s boxes I bought felt tree ornaments from Little Wilds as well as a few tree ornaments from Typo, a variety of sweets and biscuits, some surprise eggs, toys and small Christmas figurines I bought from Wish, but for a more adult version I would suggest brownies and biscuits from our bakery, Nespresso Coffee Pods and chocolates for the Village Coffee shop and items like mini Funko Pops, key rings, nail polish and ornaments for the Village Toy Store. Once I had filled my boxes I fastened them with my pegs.
I simply cannot wait to very merrily count down the days to Christmas with my little girl and enjoy her squeals of delight at the opening of each Christmas village shop!
To create your own village download the attached templates. Enjoy!