Felt Advent Calendar

I'm a big fan of advent calendars. I like the excitement of counting down each day to Christmas and having a small daily celebration of the holiday. Last year we made an adorable advent calendar using small paper boxes. Merle has the boxes stacked up next to her bed already, so I decided to make a larger scale advent calendar for the living room this year. Felt was the logical choice, because it's easy to work with and inexpensive. I wanted to do something fun and relatively quick to execute, so I thought of an apartment building with snow. It has a monochromatic color scheme with repetitive shapes and pops of color from the numbers. The project took about an hour to complete start to finish. Both Merle and I were pleased with the results!

City Building Advent Calendar

36inch x 36inch sheet pale blue felt
8inch x 12inch sheet blue felt
8inch x 12inch sheet turquoise felt
8inch x 12inch sheet white felt
2 packages felt number stickers 
Felt glue

Cut 9 inches of felt off the large square of pale blue felt to create the building. Using the excess strip of felt, trim a piece to 27 inches by 6 inches. Fold the newly created piece in half (short fold) and cut diagonally from the fold to the opposite corner to create a triangle. Unfold the felt. This is the roof of the building. 

Fold the remaining sheets of fabric in half long ways. With the white felt, cut a scalloped pattern along the loose edge. Elsewhere on the white felt, cut a semi-circle. This is for trimming the roof. Glue the trimming to the edge of roof using felt glue. 

With the blue and turquoise sheets folded, cut rectangles approximately 3 inches wide (pictured here in yellow). Cut along the fold. This is for the windows. Some felt will remain after the rectangles are cut. Cut the remaining felt into half inch strips to create framing for the windows. Repeat the same process with the remaining pale blue felt leftover from the building and roof. 

Separate the windows into 5 rows of 5. Randomly assort the colors. Frame the windows as desired. Variations pictured below. Secure the framing with felt glue. Number the windows 1 through 25 using felt stickers. 

Secure the edges of each of the windows to the building using felt glue, leaving the top edge unsecured. Allow at least 20 minutes for the glue to dry. Fill each pouch with a small treat or thoughtful message. To hang, use command strips or push pins to adhere the advent calendar to a wall. 


  1. This is so cute Megan!! I just was given some felt so I may try it out.

    1. Thanks Bethany! I hope you make it. Felt is fun to play with for little hands and it is a very forgiving medium :)