Thursday, December 1, 2011

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!
I hope you enjoyed Mandi's project or that you are able to start the hop at Amanda's blog join in the fun!

Today I have a simple project using up some of those holiday scraps from the cards I'm sure you are so diligently making with your stash. It's a Holiday Countdown Calendar.

Frame (mine is a 9x11 with a mat for 8x10)
Paper (I'd recommend double-sided)
Number stickers

1. Cut your paper into small 1.5x2" rectangles

2. Create a pattern on a piece of plain cardstock. I made mine a 5x5" grid. This is where the double-sided paper came in handy- I had a lot of options for how I wanted the grid to look. Adhere rectangles.

3. Place number stickers on each square.

4. Place inside the frame and use a chipboard piece or frame to move as you countdown. I just used plain tape on the back of this frame and taped it to the glass- it's much easier for my little guy to move!

I have a few alternatives if you are looking for other ways to create your Holiday Countdown.
For the countdown above, I used an old piece of Making Memories paper from their Fa La La collection. I cut apart the numbers and pieced them together to look like a tree. I also added some ribbon at the top and decorated the mat in the frame. This is actually the back of the previous countdown- I couldn't decide which I liked better!

I wanted to make this countdown more versatile so I found a 12x12" frame from Michaels. It was made of MDF so I sprayed it with chalkboard paint (3 coats). I added stickers that said "days until" and the rest my little guy and I decorated with chalk. It erases quite easily (he had his hands all over it and we had to do some touch-ups) so I am able to change the event and the photo that would be in it. My idea was that we could do countdowns to vacations, birthdays, holidays, or special events.

I hope you enjoyed my project! Next up is Heidi's blog and then Stacia's blog- Happy Holidays!


  1. Those are awesome!!! I love advent calandars! Even though I have a few I always want to make (or buy or win) more, LOL. I love to idea of the moving frame!!!

  2. Just a little tip for the rest of you commenting! I couldn't comment on this blog after many tries! This time I typed my comment and then hit "preview" and it took me to the screen to type in the code letters and it worked!!

  3. I think I figured out the comment issue. :)

  4. What a cute project--love it!!

  5. What a great advent calendar! I like it. Love the bday countdown too.

  6. This is such a cute idea and a great way to use up all of those extras in your stash!!

  7. This is such a great idea, love it!

    Hugs, Marina

  8. Great project ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love all your countdown calendars! Super cute and great ideas!

  10. What a cute project....and so useful for Christmas countdown!

  11. The Christmas countdown is very cute...but that chalkboard countdown you can adapt...WOW that's a keeper. Totally loving that idea!

  12. I really love this project! Thanks for the hop! I'm a new follower too!