December 1, 2010

Personalized Christmas Countdown

I was hoping to post this closer to noon, but with the flu it took me a lot longer.  I was just to excited that I had to still do it!  Its the first of the month so I wanted you to be able to get the things you needed for this project and make your own! 

What you will need:
  • Plywood: you can get some from Home Depot.  They always have a mark down section on their wood, and they will cut it to the size you want (mine was about 17 inches by 12 inches).  But you can make yours as large as you want.
  • A wooden letter (the first letter of your last name).
  • Find some fun Christmas fabric.  They are on sell for 50% off or more all over the place!
  • Metal sheet: also at Home Depot, it was about $10 when I bought mine and I still have so much left over. 
  • Glue gun, Mod Podge, and E-6000.
  • Finally my favorite part, make your countdown at
Cut your fabric to cover the plywood, make sure you have at least 2 inches to fold over onto the back.

Paint your wooden letter.  I painted it red first then decided to paint the top green, and keep the sides red.  It turned out pretty cute!

I used a hot glue gun to secure the folded edges to the back.  You can use whatever you feel will work best!  I would have used a staple gun, but I didn't have one available.  Do you like my paint job on the back!

Go to  Upload a picture and edit the exposure so that it is just white.  Now that you have a blank slate pick a font and add your numbers 1-25.  It took just a few minutes, save to your computer and print it onto card stock paper.  I chose white but you can pick any color you want!

Once you have your countdown printed, cut out your metal sheet to fit to the countdown.  My husband has some hardcore scissors in his tool kit, but you might know of a better way to cut yours!  Now use E-6000 or a hot glue gun and glue your countdown to the metal sheet.  Then put a light layer of mod podge over the countdown.

All that is left to do is glue the countdown and the wooden letter onto the fabric with your hot glue gun.  Whaa La now you have a personalized Christmas Countdown! 

Have fun with this Christmas project.  Email me a picture of your personalized countdown!  I can't wait to see what all of you come up with!

1 comment:

Cheri said...

Darling!!! Very chic.


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