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DIY Tiered Wooden Houses Advent Calendar

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Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! 

This DIY tiered wooden houses advent calendar project is sponsored by the Home Depot. 

Who doesn’t love a good countdown to Christmas? So when the Home Depot reached out and ask if I’d like to create an Advent calendar – I jumped at the chance. And after some thought, a little design planning and some trial and error, I came up with a super cute tiered wooden houses Advent calendar. 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

Wanna know one of the coolest features about these wooden houses? They light up! πŸ™‚ 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

The top ‘attic windows’ lets out the softest glow! Another cool feature is that each house can easily hide a special treat or message to help everyone in the family count down the days until Christmas. 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

And even though the houses are kinda big, I designed them to all be placed on tiers so you can easily fit the Advent calendar conveniently anywhere in your home.

So would you like to build your own wooden houses Advent calendar? Heck ya you would. πŸ™‚ Let’s talk about you need and how to do it!

Supplies Needed To Build Tiered Wooden Houses Advent Calendar:

(2) Birch Plywood (Common: 1/4 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft.) 

(10) Pre-cut Boards .25 in. x 3.5 in. x 48 in. in Poplar 

(4) Pre-cut Boards .25 in x 2.5 in. x 48 in in Poplar

(1) Dremel Saw

(1) Drill

(1) Drill Kit

(1) Square

(2) Sandpaper

(1) 3-pack Sanding Block

(1) Glue Gun

(1) 12-Pack of Glue Sticks

(2) Pkgs of 2 in. Black Numbers

(7) Pkgs of 3/4″ Supply Line Washers 

(1) Scissors

(1) 25 String of LED Lights

(10) Mini Christmas Trees 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

Here’s the Step-By-Step Directions to Build the Wooden Houses Advent Calendar

1 | Create the Tiers for the Wooden Houses Advent Calendar

Using a saw, cut the tier platforms from the ΒΌ plywood in a circle pattern. Tiers should be in the following measurements: 

Tier 1 – 18”   Tier 2 – 15”    Tier 3 – 12”    Tier 4 – 9”    Tier 5 – 6” 

2 | Drill Hole into Tiers

Drill 1” holes into the center of tiers 2, 3, 4, and 5 using a 1 inch spade bit. These will be used to connect all the lights to each level of the tiers. 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

3| Cut the Houses

Now it’s time to make the houses! Using the poplar boards, cut out 25 houses. The houses are basically built from 6 pieces or cuts of wood. Two main frame house sizes  (basically a square shape with triangle on top 3.5” x 2.5”), two roof pieces (square 3.5” x 3.5”) and two house sides (2.5” x 2”). If you need a visual of the measurements, see the template below. 

The great thing about the boards I’ve selected is they are already to size on one side. So this means less cuts! For the roof and sides, just measure height, mark and cut. Super easy!

The main house is a little more work but worth it in the end. πŸ™‚ But the square is super helpful when measuring out this part of the houses!

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

By the way, the Dremel is the perfect tool for this project too. It’s easy to handle and cuts these boards like butter!

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

Wooden Houses Advent Calendar Template 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

4 | Drill Holes into Main House Pieces

With two different sized spade bits, drill holes into the two main frame house pieces. One smaller 3/4″ hole in the upper point of the triangle area on the front pieces (for the attic window). And another 1″ hole  placed at the lower bottom of the back main house piece (for the string lights). 

5| Sand Everything

Sand all wood pieces (this includes all tier circles and house pieces). Sanding is your friend and will hide a ton of imperfections. πŸ™‚ So definitely don’t skip this step. 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

6| Glue Together The Wooden Houses

Using a glue gun, put together the six house pieces to create one house. Repeat this step 25 times until all the houses are built. (This is a great time to put the kids to bed, put on some 80’s music or Christmas carols and just glue away. That’s what I did!)

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

When you have glued together all six pieces, the house should look something like this…

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

7| Add The Roof Shingles 

Then using the sandpaper, measure out 1 inch strips. Then on each strip, mark 1/2 marks and cut slits into the strips only half way up. 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

Once the strips are cut with slits, hot glue these onto the roof in a shingle-like pattern to create the look of a home’s traditional roof.

Optional: There should be a very narrow strip left over from cutting the sandpaper. I used this to place on the very top pitch of the roofs to give the houses a more finished look. πŸ™‚

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

8| Add Attic Windows

For the attic window I had to get pretty creative! To design this look, combine some letters and washers. Using straight letters like ‘I’, ‘L’ and ‘T’, cut thin lines to criss-cross the washer. And then attach those to the washer. 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

To attach the washer ring to the house, simply hot glue it on. 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

And this is the attic window complete….

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

9| Place Houses on Tiers

So now comes the fun part! It’s time to place all the houses on the tiers. Starting with tier one, place nine house on the tier. Attach the string lights by inserting one bulb into the bottom hole on back of the houses. (Please Note: you will have to remove the bulb cover first – insert bulb – and then reattach the cover inside of the house.)

Once tier one is done, place tier 2 on top and insert your light through the center hole of the tier. Then place seven house on top and repeat this process until you reach tier 5. There should be 9 houses on tier 1, 7 houses on tier 2, 5 houses on tier 3, 3 houses on tier 4 and one house on tier 5. 

10| Add Numbers to Houses

Add numbers to all the houses. And if you are feeling really creative, you can take extra square symbols from the number kit and make side windows. Just a fun, little extra detail. πŸ™‚

11| Paint Tree Bases

So you can leave your trees as is, but I decided to paint mine. It only took me about five minutes to paint the tree bases black. And then finally, hot glue the trees onto the tiers to finish the look. 

And that’s it my friends! The only thing the Wooden Advent Houses need now is a couple of little treats. 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

Such a fun project to make. And I know the boys are going to love seeing what surprises await them in each house! 

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

If you are looking for even more more fun holiday DIY projects that also makes great homemade gifts, be sure to check out the Home Depot website HERE

And don’t forget to pin this wooden houses Advent calendar so you’ll have the tutorial saved for later!

Countdown to Christmas with this festive wooden houses Advent calendar. I give you all the steps to easily create one for your own home! #adventcalendar

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3 Comments

  1. OMG, this is amazing and beautiful! Love the step by step instructions and the size of the little houses! I would love to create one for next Christmas! How are your kids accessing the candy? I’m worried about my boys pulling out the houses with the lights attached :O. Should I consider adding a door for rough little hands? Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Hi Linda! The boys have been able to access the houses fairly easy. We’ve been putting in small items like $5 gift cards, suckers and even written riddles to find items hidden in the house that were too big for the houses. If you don’t want to mess with the corded lights, you could use some battery powered tea lights. And then you could skip the step of drilling the back hole for the houses lights. Win/win! πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

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