Just admit it — you begin counting down the days until Christmas right after Halloween. You anxiously await the release of the Starbucks holiday cup every year and you whip out the Xmas playlist long before any snow hits the ground. Its okay, you’re in good company :) We at Brit + Co have been thinking about the holidays since September! So today, we’ve got your back with the ultimate DIY advent calendar town. Print enough to start the Christmas countdown after Thanksgiving (for the eager beavers) or a dozen for the 12 days of Christmas (for those who still want to seem sane amongst their peers).


We’ve designed four printable patterns based on our gift wrap collaboration with Scotch so you can get your metropolis or hamlet on. This tabletop advent calendar is the perfect project for roomie bonding or a girls’ night in. Keep scrolling for the full tutorial!



– advent calendar printables (download HERE)

– glue

– scissors

– small goodies (candies, festive tchotchkes, etc.)

Gather your materials and let’s get started!


Begin by cutting out the templates. Cut along the dotted lines.


Print 12 templates to create a traditional advent calendar.


Fold along the solid gray lines. The blank white bits are your tabs for connecting the sides of the house. Apply glue to the tabs to construct your houses.


Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes before handling. Once the glue has dried, write numbers with a marker of your choice. We like how festive a gold paint pen looks.


Add graphic touches to make some numbers pop. Maybe these are filled with extra special goodies ;)


Confetti and glitter are cute surprises to get you in a festive mood. We like the idea of unveiling model trees or woodland critters to add to the landscape. You’re creating a village, after all!


Or hide small ornaments inside these boxes so you can add them to the Christmas tree.


By the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll have the perfect festive tablescape.


What are you hiding in your advent calendars? Let us know in the comments section below!

DIY Production and Styling: Marianne Koo

Photography: Brittany Griffin