Check out these printable advent calendar template that are gingerbread houses. I created these so that instead of a flat 2D advent calendar, I would have 3D gingerbread houses.
The purpose of these Advent printable gingerbread house template was so that they could house gifts, and activities. Attach some ribbon and string them up like garland, or decorate a tree with them.
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Printable Advent Calendar Template
DIY Advent calendar houses
I created these fun Advent calendar houses to house activities and or small gifts. Assembly is super easy, and can be a fun family activity. Tie some pretty ribbon to complete the gingerbread houses, They can open them up either from the top or from the bottom flaps.
Subscribe below for a free printable paper house template that you can use and create your own 25 Advent calendar houses.
So easy to print, assemble and use to decorate your home for Christmas.
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Steps to constructing DIY advent houses
Check out all the steps below on how easy these are to construct.
- Print on cardstock for a sturdier advent gingerbread house
- Fold at all sides- use a straight edge like a ruler or side of a table. (All directions are illustrated in the free download.)
- Glue tab to opposite side of house to form all 4 sides of the house- let glue set before continuing
- Fold all 4 bottom tabs, to close bottom of house
- fold tabs at triangle part of house, you can either glue or not and close up two other sides.
- I used a clip when I glued these, to help set the glue and keep the roof looking good!
- Use a hole punch then thread ribbon and a loop.
- Fill with either fun activities or small gifts.
Supplies for DIY Advent paper houses
Below are all the supplies I used for these:
Using Cardstock gives your the structure you will need for these printable gingerbread house templates. Made for printing and can easily cut and make your gingerbread houses!
Craft glue, or glue stick needed to glue tab to complete box for house and top tabs. I personally like the craft glue which I think is a little stronger for this specific project.
Hole puncher is a go to tool in my craft closet. Once the printable gingerbread house is complete punch a hole at the top and thread a decorative ribbon through the hole.
Now you can thread a deorativeribbon through the hole punch. I would recommend a thinner 1/4″ ribbon, as shown below, and not exceed 1/2″. If you try and thread a thicker ribbon, you may tear the hole. I double my ribbon, thread through the hole, then not the two ends together. Then pull the loop up and its all ready to hang! Super easy.
What can I put in a homemade Advent calendar?
Lots of things! These houses finished measurements are 2 5/8″ by 2 1/4″ and at the tallest point 4″. Make them out of cardboard to support small gifts. Or make in a lighter weight paper and add printed slips of paper with activities for month long fun.
Below are a list of some activities that can be placed in each of the Advent calendar Gingerbread houses.
- Bake cookies
- Read a book about Christmas
- Make paper crowns
- Write or color Christmas cards
- Decorate the tree
- String popcorn for garland
- Make a handmade ornament as a gift for someone
- Make paper snowflakes
- Have a dance party
- Donate food to a local pantry
- Take a walk and look for your favorite decorated house
- Play a game of Charades
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Play a board game
- Make a gingerbread house
The list goes on add your own ideas to personalize your Advent Activities. You can also buy these premade tokens that can fill your advent gingerbread houses and complete the look! I have listed two sellers below, just depends on what you are looking for.
Keep track of your Christmas shopping with these free Holiday gift list printables.
Small gifts for an Advent calendar
This can also be a fun way to spend time each day of the month of December. Fill each Advent Gingerbread house with small gifts.
These Mini cookie cutters will fit into your advent houses. Stick a cookie recipe in with these and a whole activity os ready to go!
Fun flavorful chapsticks will put anyone into the holiday mood!
Pocket sze IQ puzzles are fun brain teasers, for lots of fun.
1000, non repeating Christmas stickers, pack a whole house full of these for some fun decorating.
Christmas pins, decorate a backpack, sweater. Christmas tree,snowman, reindeer, candy cane,Santa Claus and so on.All classic Christmas elements, full of festive atmosphere, looks so cute with bright colors.
Like what you found? check out these additional posts for some more printable ides!
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- Christmas Care Package-printables
- Perpetual Calendar Printable That’s Free!
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