.Family gatherings. Christmas music. Special treats. These are some of my favorite things at the holidays. But you know why I REALLY love the holiday season? It’s because I have more opportunities to give presents to those I love. And this year, I’m including my blog and all of my lovely readers in this gift giving extravaganza. Beginning December 1st, I am embarking on a project called MAKE IT MERRY: 25 Days of Maker Projects. That means each day I will have a new project for you here on the blog—it’s a virtual advent calendar. And to get us started, I’ve offer this super cute and easy-to-make Christmas Tree Advent Calendar.
The inspiration for this calendar came from my love of Christmas trees (I’ve had one up in my craft room for over a month now!). But I can’t take credit for the original idea for this design. I spotted something similar on Pinterest over on a French scrapbooking blog, which inspired me to design what you see here. It is completely created from scratch, with nothing more than a little photo to go on. It took about 10 tries to get all those angles right! But the end result for you is an easy to cut and fold project. It only takes a couple of hours to make.
If you make this advent calendar, please let me know! Share a photo with me at [email protected] or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker. Here are some Christmas Tree advent calendars made by my readers:
Here is a pretty pastel advent calendar made by reader Amy at Amygonnacraft.com
And check out this festive version by Barb Schafer, who did a lovely job on her Christmas Tree Advent Calendar:
I’m so excited to show this fun and easy advent calendar to you! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
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Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Materials
- 12″ x 12″ cardstock (I recommend a holiday-themed stack of paper—here’s the exact stack of paper I used)
- Tacky glue
- Masking tape
- A way to cut out your pieces (I use this!)
- My free pattern/files (available in my free resource library—get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)
How to Assemble the Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
Watch my full assembly video in my new craft room!
First, cut out all your pieces. If you use a Cricut cutting machine, you’ll need to do some special things after you upload it to Design Space. There are a lot of layers that are just score lines—you can tell that they are score lines because they have no colors assigned to them. You need to change every score line layer from “Cut” (the default) to “Score.” And then you need to attach each score line layer to its respective cut layer. (Tip: You will need to ungroup everything before you can attach anything.) If you get confused by all these score lines, there’s an alternate file in the downloaded folder called “tree-advent-calendar-perforated” — this version has perforated lines instead of score lines. It will take longer to cut and your folds won’t be as smooth, but you don’t need to change anything—just upload and go.
Note: The SVG files should import in at the correct size. If you have any concerns, note that one of the small drawers (the lightest green object) is 5.429″ wide by 5.181″ tall (as noted in the image below).
Tip: When you cut these on a cutting machine, put your holiday themed paper FACE DOWN—this way your paper will get scored on the back, making it easier to fold in the proper way with your holiday paper face out.
When finished cutting, you’ll have 61 pieces: eight vertical supports, four octagonal horizontal supports, 8 small box pieces, 8 medium box pieces, 8 large box pieces, the tree top piece, and 24 ornament numbers. All but the horizontal supports will require folding.
Begin by folding the eight vertical supports. Just fold them in half along the score line. You want to line up the four slots along the side as best you can. If you are off a bit and the slots overlap, just trim them a bit so there’s a clear slot—you’ll need this to create a stable structure.
Keep the supports folded and closed with a line of glue along the edge.
Now begin sliding each vertical support into the slots on the octagonal bases, starting with the largest (bottom) octagons. I found it easiest to slide the vertical supports into the two bottom octagons first, then go back and do the top two octagons. Make sure everything is slid in all the way.
Fold up each of the 24 box drawers by first folding along all the score lines, then gluing the tabs to the sides. I found it easiest to glue the front two tabs, then glue the back tab.
You can attach the ornaments as you please, but I chose to simply use masking tape so I could remove them or switch them up later. Sometimes you have larger gifts for a certain day that may need a larger drawer!
To assemble the tree top, just fold along all score lines and glue the tab to the other side to create a cone. The assembled tree top just rests on top of your tree. And it is the secret hiding spot of day 25’s gift—just lift off the top to see the gift!
You may notice that the tree is missing something at the top. I think so, too! But not to worry—one of those “25 Days of Maker Projects” will include a beautiful tree topper you can make (both for this little advent tree and for a real tree). Which day? Who knows! You’ll need to check back in and see!
Get my free template and cut files for the Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
Also, be sure to visit tomorrow to open the next day’s gift in my MAKE IT MERRY: 25 Days of Maker Projects Christmas! If you want to be notified of when there is a new gift ready to open on my blog, just fill out this form!