DIY Advent Calendar Village

I have promised to post about our this year’s Advent calendar, so here we go. Ever since I have kids, each year I make a DIY Advent calendar (you can all see them in the DIY section).

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We had a lovely Advent Houses calendar last year, which you can see here.  Some houses got damaged and were thrown away, but most of them I put away in a box, so we could reuse them this year. There were 16 houses preserved, so I had to make 8 more things to go with them.

I decided not to make more houses again, but instead to add a little bit of landscape to it. Also, there were a few things I got as calendar stuffers, that didn’t fit into the houses anyway (like the bottle of bubble bath, plastelines, kaleidoscopes…), so I had to make something bigger to hide them.

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I really wanted to make those cone-shaped trees and the hills in the back from the beginning. Funny were those kaleidoscopes. They actually didn’t fit into any of those trees either, not to mention if I even tried to put them together. Also I was kind of short on coloured paper (and on time… and on ideas…), so I ended up just rolling them into red paper… and then making at least an arch out of it. To add a Christmas-y feeling to it, I added a yellow star on the arch. Which actually looked like an ode to communism on the red background, haha, definitely not what I intended, so I added a comet-tail behind it. ;-)

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Also the tattoos didn’t go anywhere, since I didn’t want to break the surface, so I made an ice-skating area out of them.

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Fun fact: Liv hasn’t discovered it yet, but underneath the big mountain, there’s a treasure chest hidden. I was going to go for an owl or something like that, but then I put those Chocolate gold coins in there and it just called for a treasure… hah.

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So yeah. That’s about it. Once again it reminded me that paper + glue + super precise work is not exactly my piano forte. But my kids are not harsh critics (yet), and it is kind of fun anyway.

(Btw, this is my favourite of all houses… One that Liv took last year and draw on it and added the green roof and yard!) <3

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And if you haven’t read my post on what we put inside, here is a detailed post about it. As always, I tried to go for stuff they either needed, or I knew wanted but also would get used, something more or less creative… and a few sweets, to make them happy after all. It’s funny how I’m always anxious in the beginning to find enough meaningful little things that would go in there beside sweets (want to narrow them down to rather less than more), and in the end it always seems that I found/got rather more things than I intended…

Anyway. Here’s the whole picture again of everything we put inside this year.

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Have a wonderful Advent!

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