Laser Cut Advent Calendar 2020

Tomorrow is the 1st Advent, and right on time I was able to finish a special version of an Advent calendar for the Christmas 2020:

laser cut advent calendar illuminated

laser cut advent calendar illuminated

I have put the design on GitHub, so if you are looking for a last minute project and have access to a laser cutter, you might still be able to build one too until Dec 1st.

Material needed:

  • 5 sheets of plywood, 4 mm, A3 size
  • wood glue
  • Christmas mini LED lights
  • material to fill the calendar boxes

The design has been created with Inkscape, my favorite and open source vector drawing tool.

Inkscape Advent Calendar 2020

Inkscape Advent Calendar 2020

The design is for 4 mm plywood, but can be easily customized and changed with other tools too (.svg file format).

Laser Cut Advent Calendar

Laser Cut Advent Calendar

Top View

Top View

Back side

Back side

The calendar features 24 different boxes, one for each day in December. Each box is able to hold a few small items:

Advent Calander Day Box Content

Advent Calendar Day Box Content

Advent Calender Door Box

Advent Calendar Door Box

Roof Boxes

Side View

Side View

The parts for the houses fit together without glue needed, but glue can help to make it more robust. The house can be easily removed from the bottom part if needed. The calendar boxes are all removable.

In the basement I installed the batteries and the wiring of the lights, as there was not enough space inside the house itself.

Mini Christmas Tree LED Lights

Mini Christmas Tree LED Lights

LEDs are powered by 3 AA batteries:

Battery Box

Battery Box

The lights can be dimmed and and turn off automatically after 6 hours.

Dimmer Timer

Dimmer Timer

In the base there is space for the battery, electronics and the wiring:

LED wiring

LED wiring

LEDs in basement

LEDs in basement

The lights can be dimmed or turned on/off using the round button near the left front door.

LED Button

LED Button

Advent Calendar at Night

Advent Calendar at Night

I’m very happy with the result: it looks great at day and even more at night. The advent boxes could be refilled or replaced for a different event next year. Why not an ‘Easter Calendar’ or a ‘Summer Calendar’ depending on the season of the year?

Happy adventing 🙂

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