Paper Christmas Village
Advent calendars are a big deal in my family.
My brother & I were very lucky
(or spoilt depending on who you ask),
not only would we get those chocolate filled Advent calendars,
we would get a JuleKalender
from our mum.
(Thank you mum!)
You read correctly,
a Julekalender .
Each year my mum would find 24 little gifts (each)
to hang on our lovely embroidered calendars.
Both of our calendars are stitched with Julenisse doing what they do best.
Creating mischief & having fun!
Well, the younger ones do any way.
the little gifts my mum would get us,
consisted mainly of novelty erasers, smurfs
mini cars & puzzles etc.
You know, small stuff to
keep idle hands busy,
AND away from the cupboard with the big presents in them
Cunning as a fox, my mum.
Cunning aside, Julekalenders
are traditional in Scandinavia.
Like my mum,
I also enjoy making up a Julekalender,
but instead of being a gift finding genius,
I try and ‘craft’ a new calendar.
I thought I would go down the paper route.
(I like paper)
Using printer paper,
Washi & double sided tape,
I have produced a little Christmas Village
any Gaul would be proud to live in.
(yes, I still read ‘The adventures Asterix’)
I know what you are thinking,
but once you have worked out how to
resize, and remembered
to add & reverse your house numbers onto your template
it doesn’t actually take that long to scissor cut the houses,
scalpel the numbers, and Washi tape the roofs.
With all the donkey work out of the way,
all you have to do then is
assemble your houses,
stuff them with tissue paper, and add a little chocolate, or toy.
(btw – I used double sided sticky tape to assemble mine)
If you fancy it,
you could even upgrade from printer paper, and go card.
I reckon an organised, printer savvy person
can make a Christmas Village in an afternoon.
It is that Quick & Easy.
The house template
I used comes from a cute little Japanese book
however, I have found quite a few templates available online.
Sandra over at Mein Lila Park has collected
15 House templates.
Check them out!