I’m not going to lie to you, I pretty much have zero chill when it comes to Gwen’s first Christmas. I’m like a PTA Mom with unlimited time and way too much caffeine. Except, I’m actually neither of those things. What I do have is a DIY advent calendar idea that’s worth writing home about, though.
While Gwen is still too young to actually have any understanding of an advent calendar, I still find joy in it and love the idea of starting our first traditions as a family of 3!
The good thing about this advent calendar is that they’re all made from mini boxes that actually hold a pretty substantial amount (plus I have a trick for displaying them on my temporary shelves for the holidays below!), so you don’t have to worry about not having something for everyone with bigger families in mind.
DIY ADVENT CALENDAR MINI HOUSES | CHRISTMAS DIY IDEA
Craft paint in the colors of your choice
Thick paintbrush for the base color of the houses
Thin paintbrush for the stripes
Fake snow (optional for the roofs)
Temporary floating shelves (this is optional, but a great way to display them together to save space in your house!)
Goodies to put inside!
Okay, so technically this DIY advent calendar is literally as easy as painting cardboard houses and putting some numbers on the front, but if you want to get extra fancy with it you can!
We painted the box bases and lids all white, and sprinkle fake snow on the tops of the roof while they were still wet to act as glue to hold the snow on.
Once the white all dried, we painted thin stripes on each house in varying colors, let dry, and then put gold number stickers on the fronts.
Because you’ll need so many boxes, I definitely recommend these temporary Command Strip wall shelves because they’re sleek, easy to put up, and easy to take down without damaging the wall once the holidays are over.
Now all you have to do is fill them and enjoy!
Clearly, Gwen is too young to get the full jist of an advent calendar, but I like the idea of starting the tradition now, don’t you?!