Monday, September 27, 2010

Countdown Calendar

I've been seeing to many great "countdown to candy" Halloween calendars in blogland and knew I just had to have one too.  And I have to say that I am in L-O-V-E with what I created!!

Here we go:
I started with this old, worn out dry erase board.  As you can see, we haven't used it since February, but I kept it thinking that I could turn it into something at some point.  However, you could use anything you want.

I gathered up all my supplies.  Mod Podge, paint brush, scissors, craft glue, Halloween scrapbook paper, black cardstock, and my heavy duty hole punch. 

I took the calendar out of the frame and Mod Podged 4 sheets of polka dot paper to it.  I made sure to line up the paper perfectly before I added the Mod Podge.

Here is the coat of Mod.  I accidentally added too much and had to scrape some off, and I still ended up with a few small wrinkles.

Here is how I folded it over the side of the board and then Mod Podged that as well.

Adding my first coat of Mod to the front.

Here it is back in the frame.
(you can see some wrinkles here, but they're undetectable now that it's finished)

Now I needed to add the numbers.  I had some small removable hooks on hand, so I decided to use those, but they were white and clashed with all the black.

So I traced them onto some black cardstock, cut it out and glued the paper to the front of the hooks.

I glued the hooks onto the board with craft glue and then I put a coat of Mod Podge over the black paper so that it would match.

Next step was to make the numbers.  All I did was use Word, drew squares, added numbers (be sure to make two copies of each 1,2, and 3) and printed.

Then cut them out with scissors and punched a hole to fit onto the hooks.  I made sure to punch all of the numbers at the same time so that the hole would be in the same spot on all of them.

Now it's time to reveal the finished "Countdown to Candy" Calendar!!!

Oh, I forgot that I also added a strip of black cardstock in the center to cover where the paper came together just to make it look more clean.
 Aren't the little trick-or-treaters so adorable?!
 And of course the little owl!
 Here are the finished numbers.

What do you think?  I'm so excited to start using it!!  I hope you like it!!

This project only cost $2.00 to make and that was for the scrapbook paper!  I love re-purposing old, worn out items!!

I'm linking up here today:



  1. very cute I love the hanging removable numbers. Great job! jen

  2. I see lots of "countdown" calendars in your future...Birthday...Christmas...Summer! Very cute Tashia!

  3. Super cute! Countdown calendars are sooo much fun for kids! Countdown 'til Christmas, Birthday, Disneyland, etc. A cute one would be "countdown 'til SNOW!" Okay, I'm making one of these for sure!! :)

  4. It's so cute!!! I love the idea of a countdown calendar for Halloween!!

  5. so very cute I have to make one for maybe Xmas so many talented, motivated people so inspiring!! will be following hope you follow back :)

  6. What a cute idea! I'm going to feature you on Spotlight Sunday over at That Village House! Come check us out and grab a button.

  7. I love this!! Found your blog through Craft-o-maniac and I am now a follower.

  8. I love this! I will SO make one!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie Party!

  9. This is too cute! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing!


  10. Darling idea!!! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I love to see the creative talent of other fellow bloggers. Hope you to see you again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  11. love your little monster robot guys. cute cute.

    countdown to candy...yes indeed! great idea!

    thanks for linking up to the FALL FESTIVAL!


  12. I love re-purposed projects. Cute and functional. Love it!

  13. Thanks so much for linking up to my "Open Haunted House" linky party! I LOVE your countdown calendar...so cute!

    :) Daphne

  14. I LOVE it! We've been thinking about making an advent calendar for Christmas this year, and this idea seems so adaptable. Great job!

    Christina @ http://mycoocoonest.blogspot.com/

  15. so cute! and i love your blog header!


  16. So simple! You did a fantastic job :)

  17. So cute! I love how many different ways you can do these! I did one of these advent calendars this weekend too! Great job!

  18. Love it! Great job! I'm inspired to try something like this. :)

  19. I love this, I have been gathering ideas and hope to get one made before Halloween is done :-)

  20. I love it! I featured this today on Hoo's got talent. Thanks for linking up!

  21. So I've been following some crafty blogs for a while but have only tried one other craft. I saw this and thought it was so cute! I did a trial run with a little variation. I got one of my Ikea 8x10 frames and had my 4 year old paint it black, we then sprinkled gold glitter on it. I used regular construction paper and halloween stickers. Craft paper would be much better. But once it is dry I will put the "poster" in the frame and in use dry erase markers to write the numbers on the window. It is ok for a first attempt, yours is much much nicer. But at least I tried something new. Thanks for the idea!

  22. That's awesome Tracy! I'm glad I helped with the idea! Mine came about because I really wanted to recycle that old calendar and I'd always wanted a Halloween countdown calendar. Luckily it worked out!

  23. this is such a cute idea!! Come link up sometime to Handmade Tuesdays! It is a new linky I started with a tutorial :) www.ladybug-blessings.com