This Holiday Advent Calendar Is Actually Paper Trees, and It's Beyond Lovely

DIY paper tree advent calendar
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Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with a winter wonderland of pretty paper. Being a hub for all things concerning the home, our modern spin on the advent calendar is a nod to the natural surfaces you'd encounter in a home: wood and stone. With an assortment of marble patterns and light oak tones, this gorgeous paper forest and its neutral palette would play well with your existing decor. Personally, we think it'd make a lovely holiday display on your mantel, shelf, or table. Simply hide tiny treats or festive notes under each cone, tuck a few sprigs of greenery around the "trees" to create a forest feel, and let the merriment begin.

Things You'll Need

  • Marble and wood paper (we used this, this, & this)

  • String

  • Scissors

  • Pen or pencil

DIY paper cone advent calendar
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Step 1

Cut a piece of string that is 24 inches long. Tie one end of it tightly onto the tip of a pen or pencil.

String tied to pen
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Step 2

Hold the loose end of the string down firmly at one corner of the paper. Pull the string taut and drag the pen across the paper to create an arc.

Tip: To create paper cones of various sizes, simply adjust the amount of string you hold down at the corner. A shorter string length creates smaller cones and a longer string length creates larger cones.

Drawing arc on paper
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Step 3

Cut along the line you drew with scissors.

Arc shape cut out of paper
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Step 4

Stick double-sided tape along one of the straight edges of the paper.

Sticking double-sided tape to paper
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Step 5

Roll the paper into a cone shape and press the ends together to secure the tape. (Note: If you're using a heavier cardstock, glittered, or textured paper, hot glue would work better than tape.)

Rolling paper into a cone shape
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Step 6

Adhere number stickers to the center of the wood circles, from 1 to 24.

Number stickers adhered to wood circles
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Step 7

Use double-sided tape or hot glue to adhere the numbered wood circles to the center of the paper cones.

Sticking numbered wood circle to paper cone
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Step 8

Now tuck small treats under each paper cone like bite-size candy, tiny toys, or rolled-up notes.

Hiding candy under paper trees
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We love the idea of creating a holiday bucket list and writing little notes with festive things to do each day of the season, like decorating gingerbread houses, singing carols, drinking hot cocoa by the fire, driving around to see lights, or building a snoman. For a boozy adult version, tiny liquor bottles would also be fun!

DIY neutral advent calendar
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DIY modern advent calendar
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Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.