Monday, October 7, 2013

Clever Christmas Countdown

Yes, I know that many of you think it's too soon to be thinking about Christmas. I mean, we haven't even gotten to Halloween yet, right? But, if you want to be on top of your homemade Christmas, now is the time to start.

On that note, today's blog topic is this fast and easy "Days Til Christmas" counter. For the project you need either a plastic plate or a ready-to-decorate wood frame, chalkboard paint, multi-surface paint or acrylic paint, ribbon, scrap paper, Bistro chalk markers, chalk, double-stick tape, and a hot-glue gun.

This version has a spot for your favorite picture at the top. I painted the edges of the frame with Americana multi-surface paints, and the part with the counter, with the chalkboard paint. Around the picture is a frame of printed scrap paper and under it a quick bow. Use Bistro markers to write a more permanent "Days til Christmas" at the bottom of your chalk board, and the chalk to write in your daily count down. As of today, we have 80 days til Christmas.

Our second counter is on a plastic charger plate that we have in specifically for Christmas this year. Paint the chalkboard paint on the flat, center part of the plate. The cute bow at the top is simply hot-glued on. A note on the chalkboard paint: follow the directions closely. The paint will take 24 hours to cure before you can write on it with the chalk. The "Days til Christmas" saying is again written with the more permanent Bistro marker, and the countdown is in chalk.

80 days left til Christmas. Are you ready?

Puna @ Enchanted Lake

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