We love the time before christmas, and of course our daughter enjoys the time and loves to open her little box every morning... this year I found this beautiful DIY advent calendar instructions complete with patterns (free printable download) at Raumdinge. Thank you, Valentina!!!
It took me about three hours to cut, fold and glue the boxes, but they were worth it and look really good. Valentina suggested to hang them, but as my husband and I built this ladder shelf last year for the advent calendar, I placed all the houses on that shelf, and I think it looks great.
Around the shelf I put a green christmas garland with lights, some ornaments, cookie cutters and red ribbon.