Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Countdown Calendar

Only one more day until December 1st and we are ready to count down to Christmas!!  I am sad to say, that we have been using this pitiful, Christmas tree shaped advent calendar that I bought about 4 years ago on clearance at Michael's.  Well this year, I decided I was going to buy one of the new advent calendars with the little pull out boxes and decorate it myself.  Once I got going, I realized it was probably going to take me until next Christmas to get that crazy thing put together and decorated.  So, I "scrapped" that idea!  At this point, I had no clue what I was going to do, but was determined not to bring out the clearance calendar!!  I decided at that point, that it was time to head over to Pinterest.  I found a fun project, that I thought I could easily do, and got to work getting the few supplies I would need.  After finding this fun frame idea on Pinterest, I even saw it pop up on FaceBook and definitely knew that's what I wanted to do.  So here is a look, at what I ended up creating:

And here's what I did to create this project:

*I bought a 12x18 inch frame at Michael's (this one was $5 with their coupon)
*I also got a bottle of Citrus Green spray paint at Michael's ($6)
*The binder clips were purchased at Dollar Tree (you could also use mini clothes pins or large paper clips, in place of the binder clips)
*Before I spray painted the frame, I roughed up the wood with some sand paper
*Make sure you safely discard the glass from your frame.  You won't need it.
*Once the frame was completely dry, I cut 5 strips of black ribbon with White Polka dots, a little longer than the opening of the frame.  The width of this ribbon is 1.25 inches.  You could also use canvas or wire across the opening of your frame.
*Then I flipped the frame over and laid out all 5 pieces of the ribbon and evenly spaced
them.  Then I just took my stapler and stapled the ribbon to the back side of the frame.
*Now, you can get to the fun part...making the tags or "holders" for your numbers.  I just dug into my stash for a variety of products.  And I put my brand new Silhouette Cameo to work!!  I used Thickers for all of the numbers...because I never use those for some reason, only the alphas!!

Voila!!  I was able to finish this whole project within about a 4 hour time frame...spread out over the day of course, because my children would never give me 4 hours straight to get anything done!!  :)

And one of my favorite things about this project, is that it will double as a Halloween Countdown Calendar.  We have never done a Halloween Countdown Calendar in the past, but our middle daughter drove me completely insane this year, asking everyday for a month, if it was Halloween yet.  Hence, a countdown calendar for Halloween next year!  I thought it would be great to do the bright green paint, with the black & white ribbon, because it would work for Halloween and Christmas.  Once I create the Halloween tags, I will be able to save both sets and use them from year to year.

Our plan for this calendar, is to remove a number for each day, as it passes, so the kids will know how many days are left til Christmas.  I am sure that it still probably won't stop them from asking everyday, "Is it Christmas yet??!!"


  1. wow Ashley, this is sooo cute! you should show it to CK, I know they love this kind of project...every year I think I want to make a countdown calendar and then I just go back to my trusty old wooden cabinet that I put candy in...gotta get some Christmas mojo ;)

  2. Ashley, this is absolutely adorable and if you get the urge to make another one, well here I am.

  3. Great idea---I was going to say that I loved your use of nontraditional colors, and then I saw why you painted it that green! Love it.

  4. This is soooooooooooooo awesome!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeee it!!!

  5. This is SO fantastic! LOVE those colors :)

  6. Too very cute! I would love to make something like this someday and this is the perfect example! Easy! :)

  7. Love your advent calendar! So pretty and fun! tfs!

  8. This is the cutest Advent calendar I think I have ever seen. I love the fun colors and being able to unclip them is brilliant!! Your kids are going to love this!!!

  9. this is really great! love the work of heart you put into this project! thanks so much for sharing!

  10. had to pop in and tell you, I thought this was so very cool!! Beautiful work girl!!! love your stuff!!

  11. This is one of the cutest and most beautiful advent calendars I have seen. So glad to see how much you love your Silhouette.