Last year when I was blogging for Poppytalk, I came up with the advent in a jar as I really wanted a minimal advent calendar I could take travelling.
This year I wanted to make something that would fit in with our mid-century decor. I really wanted to mix typography with with some hand drawn elements too. And of course it had to fit in a small space as we don’t have a lot of space for any of the big amazing wall hanging calendars I’ve seen this season.
With all that in the mix, behold the forest advent calendar – a free printable for you!
Free printable Forest Advent Calendar download
White matte photo paper
25 x 18 cm rectangle of plywood
*Tip: get your local hardware store to cut the rectangle of wood for you. You may even find a nice sized rectangle in the wood scrap section.
Step 1: Mark out your 24 holes on your board.
I started at the back and worked my way forward with four holes on each staggered row. You want them to look random like trees in a forest.
Drill your holes making sure you don’t drill right through the wood.
Step 2: Wipe your wood piece down with a damp cloth to get rid of any excess wood from the drilling.
After the wood is dry, paint a couple of layers of wood stain on until you get the desired colour.
Step 3: Print your trees onto the matte photo cardboard.
Cut each triangle out.
On the back of each tree, write an activity to do each day leading up to Christmas. Some of the activities I wrote this year were “Visit a neighbour with some Christmas goodies”, “Send a letter to a friend to wish them a Merry Christmas” and “Make some rum balls for my dad”.
I really love making advent a time of giving rather than consuming, so this year the only gift I gave to us was the one you see above – opening a present the day before Christmas!
This is a great way to also teach kids about the true spirit of Christmas.
Step 4: Tape your toothpicks to the back of your trees using your washi tape.
Using cute washi tape means you don’t have to worry about the back of the trees as they will look gorgeous too.
Step 5: All that’s left to do is add your trees one by one to your board.
I designed these in different heights to give that forest feel, so play around until you get a look you like.
I put ours right on our kitchen bench and it fits in beautifully!
The best part is the beautiful board could be used after Christmas for another little forest made from scrap paper too. It’s pretty enough to leave on your mantle all year round.
I’d love to know some other activities to add to the calendar – what do you love to do together at Christmas?
P.S. Check out all the projects in my “12 Days of DIY‘ for lots of other fun stuff too!