Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY: Christmas Countdown!

Hey Everyone! 

So there's ONLY 5 days 'til Christmas! Have you finished all your shopping, wrapped all of your presents and started on your holiday recipes?!?! I can't believe it's already that time! It has flown by for sure!

In this post I am sharing a project that I actually started at the END of LAST year's holiday season. I finally finished it this Christmas and I wanted to share. 

Materials:
Unfinished Wood Craft Blocks (1-inch blocks 6-pk)
Scrapbook Paper
Wood Glue
Acrylic Paint (Red & Green)
Stick glue
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
Permanent Vinyl
Vinyl Cutter (eCraft)
Contact Paper
Scissors
Polyurethane Sealer (All Purpose Sealer)


Directions:
**This is what I did last year!**
1. Glue 4 of the 6 wooden blocks together using wood glue to form a single long rectangular piece. This will the bottom piece of your countdown.

2. Paint the long rectangular block and the two left-over blocks with red and green acrylic paint. I speckled the paint on mine to give them texture. 

3. Using stick glue, a paint brush and mod podge, attach small pieces of scrapbook paper to the different sides of the blocks. (Small squares for the sides of the 2 blocks, and long rectangles for the bottom piece).

**Now, this is what I did THIS year!**

4. Using, the eCraft software, I plotted out the numbers for the 2 small squares to form the countdown. When you plan out the numbers be sure to use the key below....
1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0

Block 1: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9
Block 2: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 0
(This ensures that you have all the combinations to form the days left until Xmas! When it comes down to single digits, I just put one block behind the larger bottom block so that there is only one number represented)

-OR- 

you can plot 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 0, 0

Block 1: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 0
Block 2: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 0
If you choose this option, the 6 will double as the 9 and you will have a zero for the beginning of every single digit day (i.e. 05 days left)

Planning is extremely important to make sure that your countdown is functional!

5. Cut the vinyl using your vinyl cutter. The eCraft will "Kiss-cut" PERMANENT vinyl on level 2 1/2. 



6. Once your letters have been cut out, remove the excess vinyl so that only the numbers remain.


7. Slowly lay down a layer of contact paper on the numbers.


8. Smooth out bubbles and ensure a good "stick" with a plastic card.


8. Cut each number out so that they are manageable. 


9. Separate the white layer from the vinyl number and the contact paper.


10. Stick onto the side of the block and scrape with a plastic card to attach the number.


11. Slowly remove the contact paper. You can apply an all-purpose sealer with a paint brush to ensure that the number is secure and sealed.


12. Follow the same process for the letters that will go on the bottom rectangular piece!


13. You're all set!! Get creative with this, The bottom rectangular piece has four sides that you can customize so have fun with it! 

Let me know what you think!

Happy Holidays!!!!



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