Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the 6th Day of Christmas Creativity...

It's the 6th day, all right, I checked.  Half-way through?  Really?  Sure is going by fast, isn't it? Today it's Chris's turn to host the 12 Days of Christmas Creativity.  Tomorrow it will be my turn to host, so be sure to come back for a freebie!

Today I've got a project to share with you.  I know, normally I post projects on Wednesdays but I didn't get this one done in time for Wednesday.  I didn't think you'd mind too much. I've got a tutorial for it, too!

Today's project is... All-Occasion Countdown Blocks!

I've seen a lot of countdown blocks for Christmas and I think they are awesome!  I wanted to make some, but I didn't want to just limit them to Christmas.  After all that work, why put them away for most of the year!  These are All-Occasion Countdown Blocks.  I made them black and white so there wouldn't be any particular event or holiday associated with the color scheme.  I added the words "Day's until..." on the base block.  Then I glued a small $1 drawer pull from the hardware store next to it.  A tag with the word Christmas is hung it from the drawer pull!  Easy and cute.  Plus it uses Mod Podge which I'm slightly addicted to.

I'm seeing countdowns to birthdays, summer vacation, other holidays, visits from Grandma, etc. in our future!

All-Occasion Countdown Blocks

2 - 2" Wooden Cubes
1 - 2"x4"x1" Wooden Block
Mod Podge
Patterned Paper
Die cut letters and numbers or stickers

1. First, paint your blocks.  If you want, you can just paint the outside edges of the cubes.  The paper is going to cover the rest, so you can save some paint.  The base piece will need to be painted all over.
2. Cut squares of paper to fit just inside each side of your cubes.
3. Mod Podge the paper on to each side.
4. Glue the numbers onto the cubes.  Here's how you'll want each cube to be set up:
One cube will have the following numbers on it:
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The other cube will have these numbers on it:
0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
Note: Make sure your number 6 can double as a 9 when it's turned upside down.
5. Glue your letters on the front side of the base.
6. Finish off all the blocks with a thin coat of Mod Podge.
7. Glue a small drawer pull on next to the letters on the base.
8. Create tags to hang off the drawer pull for your favorite holidays, events, birthdays, etc.
One of these days I'll get a cutting file finished up for the whole set and post it in the store. Wait... Did someone say EIGHT days until Christmas?  Aaaaaaaahhhh!  Must get back to work now!

Here's a portable version of this tutorial for you.  Hope you enjoyed it!

Don't go yet!  There's still a chance to win free stuff!  I've decided to give away more copies of my complete set of 12 Days of Christmas Tags. Be sure and enter by commenting on each day!

Here are the prizes:

1) Three Prizes: The whole set of 12 Days of Christmas Tags
2) $10 gift code to Sam & Hailey Designs
3) $10 Michaels Gift Card
4) The December VDBC Grab Bag (or a $7 gift code to Sam & Hailey Designs if you have already purchased it)

How can you win them? On the 12th Day (that will be the 23rd for our little blog-fest) I'll hold a drawing for each one of the prizes (that's four six drawings in one day... I think I can handle it!). All you have to do to enter is comment on my blog to enter. You can comment on my blog on each of the 12 days so you'll have up to 12 entries in the drawings! Each day I'll have a new thing I'll ask you to include in your comment so keep an eye out for that. It's as simple as that!

Today's comment requirement:

Leave a comment with an idea of how to countdown to Christmas Day! It can be something you do each year or just something you've seen.

Be sure to include some way to contact you in case you win the drawing (for example, your VDBC forum name, your email address, etc.). If you don't, I might not be able to get your prize to you!

Check back tomorrow to see what we have in store for you on the 7th day.  I'm hosting and it will be right here!  And yes, you'll definitely be able to download some swans a-swimming!

Time to get crafty, people!


bzyPTmom said...

Ooh, I'm the first one to comment! Many years ago, I made a countdown quilt/wall hanging--it was a pre-printed piece of fabric with all the numbers, there is a "frame" that fits around each number and there are snaps to put it in place. We've used this for years--and my son is the one who changes it each day--we never catch him moving it, but each day it magically is moved! I think I made this when my daughter was around 2, she just finished her Master'degree this week--so it has been hanging around a very long time!

Kathy Serrahn said...

great project

Jun Bug House said...

Love the idea that you did this.
I have never done a count down.
I don't know why, it just was never part of our growing up or a tradition.
But, I love the one you did.
It could be used for other things too.
Have a hang tag that say "Sue's Birthday" or "Thanksgiving" or Easter.........
So many things.
I will have to try this.

salleys said...

Putting ctton balls on Santa's beard.

momof5 said...

Hang cute christmasy socks from a string with something fun to do tucked in each one until Christmas.

Caroline said...

This is a great idea... we have advent calendars that contain little goodies in each pocket... the kids love this :)

Kelly S said...

Love your project, Jan! I made a countdown calendar using a cookie sheet and magnets. You can see it on my blog (the post from Dec 1st).


Renae said...

We have a little tree that you add stars to with numbers to countdown. We also count down via our nativity scene. Each advent Sunday,we add certain items.

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Esther W-B said...

What a great idea! You always have the best ideas. I've always used a calendar that had pockets for goodies.

Cherie said...

Hmmmm...those look slightly familiar! Hahaha, very cute Jan. I love black and white. I love the knob/tag addition! You might want to mention the top coat of acrylic sealer to keep the modpodge on the blocks from sticking to itself and peeling up the paper on the blocks. (that happened with my picture blocks that I modpodged. Grrrr.). And to go along with the comments... we have a fabric Christmas tree on the wall that has little pockets underneath with mini ornaments. Each day the kids get the one out of the appropriately numbered pocket and hang it on the tree.

Anna said...

This year I won an Advent Calendar...the first one I've seen and I am having a blast open each little box and seeing what is it them. So that is how I'm counting down the days of CHRISTmas this year. I love you blocks. Awesome!!!

lilred said...

I am counting down the days of Christmas with You, Ileana and Chris. I love how you each have a project, freebie or tutorial. Thanks.

Now my grandchildren get an advent calendar that I made for each of them with a goodie or toy in each day (all 25 days). They love opening each stocking to see what they get for that day.

Denise Foor said...

I think this is a terrific idea and would like to make it for my granddaughters for Countdown to their birthdays....they are always on pins and needles wondering how many days until their big day. Terrific project. Thanks.

Barbara said...

The contrast of black and white together is always dramatic, and that's what makes these so beautiful! Well, of course your talent takes it to a height I've never reached.

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