Christmas Advent Paper Houses (+ Silhouette Cameo Giveaway!)

One of my favorite things about Christmas, is counting down to it.

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

When I saw these paper advent houses from Grosgrain, I fell in love! I wanted to recreate the same thing for my house, but I needed the paper houses to be smaller. I don’t have a mantle, so I’m planning on putting them on the top of my piano.

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

I decided to take on the challenge of designing my own paper houses using my Silhouette and I think they turned out pretty cute!

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

(Psst…There is a giveaway for a Silhouette Cameo at this end of this post too!)

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

They are a lot simpler in design which makes them great for personalizing however you want. Dress them up with snowy glitter on the roofs, paint on fine details, or choose a gradient of papers in pink or green. I chose to keep things uniform, and simple in all kraft paper. There are lots of possibilities!

Plus, the cutting files are free!

25 + pieces of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock paper (the extras are for contingencies)

Silhouette cutting machine and accessories

low temperature glue gun

optional: votive candles

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

STEP ONE: Download the following 25 Silhouette cut files.

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty one, twenty two, twenty three, twenty four, twenty five

They are Silhouette Studio files and they are offered through Google Drive. If you have trouble downloading them from Google Drive, you can email me at and I can email them to you. Please be aware, that it may take up to 10 business days for me to reply to your request. Check your firewall, security settings, etc. or try another computer if you need them sooner.

I actually designed five houses, and repeated the designed five times to achieve 25 houses.

To help break up the monotony I exchanged the roofs and the little portico awnings. I have also included extra chimneys and portico awnings with the first two houses. You may need to trim some roof lines down, if you switch them up, but that is an easy fix and can even be done after gluing the roof on.

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

STEP TWO: Cut the files and weed them out.

The houses include the numbers already cut into the houses, so that helps save a step!

***Be sure to set your cut settings to overcut by .1 or .2. This will help you achieve a cleaner cut and will make the window weeding soooo much easier.

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

TIP: This is a lot to cut. I recommend cleaning out your blade and physically resetting the blade setting every few houses or so. I’m not sure if my blade is getting dull, but after about 2-3 houses, if I twisted the blade numbers up and down and then back to the original number I needed, it just seemed to cut better. If you run into trouble, try that and see if it helps.

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

STEP THREE: Assemble the houses.

The fold lines are perforated, except for the roofs. Those are left flat, so you can have flexibility to fold them how you want. I didn’t make any of my roofs asymmetrical, but with this cut file design, you have that option.

The chimney is assembled like so…

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

And the rest is all glued at the tabs with low temperature hot glue. Easy peasy!

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

You can put little pieces of  candy or a scripture verse under each house. My plan is to place a flame-less tea light under a new house each day. I’m already planning on the process being a little tedious as we get closer to Christmas, but I have lots of little hands I know will be more than happy to help! I might revert to one traveling tea light as well… We’ll see how things go by the 25th. ;)

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

It sure is fun to see all the houses lit up.

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

Christmas Advent Paper Houses - free tutorial and cutting files // Delia Creates

Ready to win a Silhouette Cameo so you can make your own advent paper houses!?

Silhouette America is generously giving one away to one Delia Creates reader!

It’s a flash giveaway though, so it only lasts 24 hours. I’ll be announcing a winner on Thanksgiving!

Simply enter in the rafflecopter below. You must be 18 years or older and reside in the United States or Canada. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you missed the giveaway, good news! Silhouette has some sweet Black Friday deals, with free shipping to the contiguous United States, some machine bundles on sales as low as $100, and 40-50% off other Silhouette items! It’s all going on now through December 4. You can check out their site for all the details. Just be sure to use the code “BLACK” at checkout, to receive your discounts!

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Silhouette. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this site!  


  1. says

    WOW! Been thinking of making something like this but have been daunted about the amount of work involved! But seeing this, I am not so very very very inspired! Thank you so much!!!

    • says

      I am so glad it inspires you! Having a cutting machine helps so much. The cutting process still takes a little while, but it’s easily done while doing other things…like assembling the houses. :) I got it all done in one late night. It took me a few hours (but I was creating and tweaking the files as I went) so it should be even faster for you!

      • says

        Awesome!!! Now I want to try this tonight! Thank you once again for sharing these! I was wondering about adding a flap/closure at the bottom so I can hang these up instead because we don’t have any mantle or piano wide enough… :-)

        • says

          Oooh…you could totally mess around with the Silhouette studio file and try that. You may have to cut the roof out on another piece of paper but that’s easily done. I love that idea!

  2. JessZ says

    These are lovely! I would love to try the Cameo and Curio for things like this and cards. Thanks for the files and hosting this giveaway! :)

  3. Tracee says

    I love this giveaway! And all that work designing the houses, thank you! They are adorable. I’ve used a cricut for many years and there’s just no comparison when it comes to the creativity available from the silhouette, so I’d love to win one. Thanks!

  4. Tracee says

    Also, I tried entering from my phone but was having issues, so I switched to my computer. So there might be a duplicate entry under my email, just disregard and sorry about that!

  5. says

    Discovered too late you have to live in the US of in Canada, though I would cover the shipping costs with a smile… too bad. ;-) Tagged an American friend anyway!

  6. Sarah McCormack says

    The little houses are beautiful! I don’t have any of their products and I have wanted to try the cameo for a while! I would love to win, thanks for the giveaway. Happy thanksgiving!

  7. says

    These are adorable!! I don’t do as much crafting these days as my time is so limited so I’m always thinking I don’t really NEED a silhouette. But then I see an amazing project like this and I want to buy ALL the silhouette gear and make everything. Haha. Great job Delia!

  8. Mary Ann says

    I am hoping for a set of sketch pens and some replacement blades and mats. An extra machine wouldn’t be sad though!

  9. Miriam Prantner says

    The CAMEO is at the top of my list, but I’m also intrigued by the Curio and I could use some basic accessories too.

  10. Stephanie says

    I would love to make my own crafts instead of having to buy kits. Making cut-outs to give as gifts would be lovely, too.

  11. kelly tuttle says

    I would love to try the Cameo cutter- I have seen these things on the market for years and there are so many things to use them for! I’d love to try making those advent houses- my kids would love them (and also probably wreck them, lol) and also try my hand at making cards.

  12. Annet M says

    I love that it is also open to Canada – normally these giveaways are not, so yay! :)
    I have been dreaming of one of these, but too many projects on the go, not enough time to justify. But hey, if I win one… :)

  13. Rebecca Pelletier says

    I want all the silhouette items!! Love my portrait. I just need everything silhouette!! Such a great product and a boost to anyone’s creativity.

  14. Alexis says

    Oooo, these are so great! Love the monochrome look with the Kraft paper. With a little tweaking you could create a ghost town for Halloween, too. Silhouette makes such amazing products. The Cameo has been on my list for quite some time.

  15. Beverly says

    I have been trying to decide been one of the new Cricut machines and the Silhoutte Cameo. Based on a ton of reviews that I’ve read, I am going to get the Cameo. I still have to save up money for it so I might not get it soon, but I know my daughter and I will have a ton of fun using it. We love to craft together. (And when you find things that your teenagers are willing to do with you – you do a lot of it!)

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one of these machines! Love your blog!

  16. says

    I have wanted a Cameo for so long, and already have a long list of projects that I want to make with it. It would be nice to have a deep cutting blade to go with it to to tackle the harder items to cut.

  17. Amanda says

    Any of the Silhouette products would be a fantastic upgrade from my 10 year old, 6 in, cartridge-driven Cricut cutter!

    Also, as a mom of a child who has fructose malabsorption, I’m REALLY loving this non-candy advent option! I love the idea of putting one light in at a time, to eventually light up the entire village.

  18. Julie R. says

    These are gorgeous! I’ve always wanted a Silhouette Cameo, but have never had the money to buy one. That’s the product I’d like this holiday season.

  19. Ursula says

    These are absolutely adorable! I love the idea, but have a narrow mantle, so I may have to spread them around…if I win the silhouette, that is. It would be the most amazing Christmas gift!!! Thank you for the chance to win!

  20. says

    I would love to try out the glass etching , heat transfer, or fabric ink products. Those all look so fun! I love your advent calendar. So cool! If i win, i’d make that thing even if it comes after xmas! Ha :)

  21. says

    Such a great giveaway … and I love this idea! I would love to have something like this in our home. The Silhouette Cameo would be an awesome addition to my crafting arsenal. Maybe, just maybe I’ll ask for one (if I don’t win this one, of course). :)

  22. Amy Lam says

    I love the little homes, how clever and stunning! My daughters and I would love the cutter, it would be so fun to try so many neat crafts on the Cameo. We have the older Cricut sliding paper cutter, I’m guessing it would take forever if we attempted it on that.

  23. Abby Warnke says

    Such an awesome giveaway! I’m just finally looking into taking the plunge and hoping for a cameo… i have a huge list of stuff to make!

  24. Jennifer K says

    I don’t have any silhouette products yet, so I’d be happy with anything. I’m especially interested in creating templates for glass etching and cutting fabric for appliqués.

  25. Lindsay says

    I really want a cameo and tons and tons of vinyl! I have so projects that I’ve been imagining for years! I just needf the cameo to make them happen! Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Caylan says

    I’ve been wanting to try one of these for awhile! I have so many ideas from cards to tee shirt designs! I would love this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Amber T says

    I love seeing projects like this that go beyond vinyl letters. I would love anything silhouette for Christmas, crossing my fingers for the win!!

  28. says

    The Silhouette Cameo looks great. I’d love to do more applique and this looks like it would really come in handy. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  29. kim watson says

    Who wouldn’t want a Cameo. It has been on my list forever! And thank you for a very fun post. Love the Christmas village!

  30. Lauren says

    I have always wanted to try a cameo to make vinyl cutouts and fun designs! Thanks for doing this giveaway. Hope I win!

  31. Lindsey thigpen says

    Well if those aren’t the cutest houses!!! I love all of the creativity that can be inspired by the silhoutte! From my classroom to my home, the options are endless! Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway! Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

  32. Hayley Pickett says

    I would love to win a silhouette! I own four sewing machines but no cutting machines, so I feel like this would round out my collection nicely. Thank you for the generous giveaway! Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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