Sunday, July 25, 2010

Countdown 'til Christmas Tutorial

Step 1- Apply days til Christmas on the bottom of the chalkboard. I stamped mine on with acrylic paint or you could use stickers, vinyl, paint pen, whatever you have on hand.Step 2-cut card stock to fit the sides. I cut 2 strips 3/4" x 12" for and then cut that strip to fit one long side and one short side. I was able to get 6 chalkboards covered with one 12"x12" piece of card stock.Step 3-Apply glue to the chalkboard frame then add the paper. Once it is dry sand the edges with sand paper or a nail file to remove any paper that is hanging over the edges. This will also give your paper a distressed edge.Step 4- Drill two holes at the top to put your wire through.Step 5- Put the wire through the first hole and then wrap the wire around a pen to curl it then thread the end through the other hole, finally wrap the end around your chalk to make a holder.Step 6- Cut three pieces of ribbon mine were seven inches long and seal the ends. You can use fray check or melt the end with a lighter or candle. Then tie the ribbon on the wire opposite the chalk holder.This is a great beginner project. I hope you give it a try and have fun counting down the days until Christmas!


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30 comments:

  1. Cute idea! That would be a cute gift for friends. Thanks! Lisa~

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  2. This is a great idea! I especially like the stamping at the bottom of the chalk board. Jennifer

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  3. Very cool. I may have to try this one...tks for starting the xmas motivation ;)

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  4. I love this - so very inexpensive AND cute! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Very cute and clever. And Christmas is coming FAST! Thanks for the reminder, can I panic now?

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  6. I made one last year, but mine wasn't as cute! I love that you used the decorative paper on the edge! We painted polka dots and used 'bistro pens' to mark on the chalk board...found at specialty shops (just like a bistro uses on their chalk boards...such pretty colors and they wipe off, just like chalk!) Thanks for the great idea!

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  7. Hi There, I'm visiting from Just Something I Whipped Up Monday. What a cute idea! I love Christmas and I love counting down to it! Have a great day!

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  8. So totally cute! I almost grabbed those boards at Joann's the other day. My daugther will have so much fun making and using this! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. LOVE this! How perfect. You could do a count down to almost anything. Birthdays, Mother's Day...etc. ;-)

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  10. CUTE!!! I love your blog! Great ideas! I am your newest follower. Stop by Sassy Sites and say HI! :)

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  11. One of those adorable five boards wouldn't happen to be for me would it? Ha! So cute. Adding it to the list...my Christmas stuff is sparce. Thanks for your sweet comments yesterday. I completely agree with you on quality vs. quantity. I'll be sure to post some quality pics of RPat in the future just for you! I was so bad the other night...took my son to the drive-in to watch Despicable Me and Twilight was playing on the screen behind us. Guess who titled her rearview mirror just so?

    Hugs,
    Jami

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  12. Hopping over from All Thingz Related. Love these Christmas Countdown boards you made. So cute!

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  13. This is so cute! Michael's had a sale on chalk boards a couple of months ago and I only bought one becuase I didn't know what I would do with the rest. Now I'm kicking myslef!

    Thanks for linking to Transform Tuesday!

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  14. Wow...what a great idea.

    I'd love to feature you over at my blog: SimpleOrganizedLiving.com

    I'm always looking for simple, creative ideas to showcase for my 'Simple Living Enthusiasts'

    Let me know if you'd be interested! Thanks!

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  15. Adorable! I'm your newest follower! You are so creative! I would be honored if you would stop by next week and share a cute wrapping idea during my Pretty Packages Party. Pick up a button so you don't forget!
    smiles!

    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  16. Super cute! And I love the Christmas paper you used!!! :)
    Thanks for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day!

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  17. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog about my Bind-it-All mini album! I am now following you...your blog is too, too cute. Love these chalkboards. Looks like I'll need to keep an eye out for a sale!

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  18. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog! Check back today... it's a cute one!! By the way, I am going to be doing a giveaway tomorrow, so add me to your sidebar links to get a head start!! :)

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  19. Thanks for stopping by!! I love your blog already...I made my son a Santa Hat bummer..I still need to write a post up...
    You're off to a great start....I spend a few days here and there following alot of blogs and linking up to Follow Fridays to get my numbers up..It's so worth it and you find some amazing blogs

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  20. Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays! What a cute Christmas countdown! I bed all the kids LOVE it!

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  21. SUPER cute! I can't wait to make these and what a great pre-Christmas gift for friends. And thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my camper makeover. : )
    I got the rug at Target and I made the towels myself from white Walmart dishtowels and my own fabric. Have a great week!

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  22. Very good idea! We appreciate you joining us this week for Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  23. I’m Barb… I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will take a peek and follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

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  24. Sorry meant to tell you how cute the chalkboards are..I do something like those too!They are fun!! Barb

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  25. This is such a fun idea especially if you have little one's at home. Thanks so much for sharing ;)

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  26. Fantastic idea. Wish you a happy and creative year 2011.

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  27. Definiely a great way to keep organized or maintain an advent calendar !

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  28. This is so cute Becky! I shared it on my Facebook page!
    Barbara at Chase the Star

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