As I was searching the internet to find my favorite Top 10 Christmas Advent Calendars, I convinced myself that I needed to make one for our family. As amazing as all of these were, I wanted to come up with something unique and different! Going with the rest of my scheme this year, I opted for simple, yet elegant – with a hint of shabby chic.
This is what I came up with:
Here is what I love about this design: It has a neutral color scheme, allowing me to use it for numerous occasions. You can do this by flipping the center board over and painting it with chalkboard paint. Therefor, writing in your own ‘countdown’ for each occasion (Countdown until the grandparents visit, countdown until the New Year, countdown until school is over for the year. You get my point). My font and snowflakes are actually just printable silver foil that is adhesive-backed, and cut with my cricut (with my basic cartridge – hence the VERY basic font. I may or may not be pouting). Moving on, I like that I can peel them off if wanted, but that was not my reason for doing this. I used this method b/c I was in a time crunch and did not have time to neatly paint on font with a stencil. I love the pretty shine it gives when catching the light, so I’m happy with it!
What you will need:
-Unfinished wood craft frame. You know, the ones that are like $3-$10 depending on the size, and look somewhat like this? (This is not my photo, nor the exact frame b/c apparently I cannot for the life of me remember to take a before picture, but you get the idea). No making your own frame, and super cheap!
-Metallic silver acrylic paint
-White acrylic paint
-Brushes for paint (I prefer 1″ wide foam brushes – you only need 2)
-Dust mask to keep from breathing sanded debris.
-Ribbon to hang your wooden number tags with. The amount will depend on how far you want them to hang.
-Hot glue gun/hot glue
-Mini Chalkboard tags (picture courtesy of Amazon). You can find them plain, or some that come with ribbon. I was only able to find this kind with the clip, so I removed them from the back. It was a lot of extra work and I do not recommend it if you can avoid it!
-Knob of choice
-Drill/drill bit the size of your screw
-Cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette, or equivalent). OR, you can use a stencil to paint on font.
What to do
Do you remember this shabby chic Christmas ‘JOY’ decor that I made?
If not, check out the tutorial here!
- You will refer to the top two sections under the ‘what to do’ header of the tutorial in order to finish your frame and center backing. You will apply the same exact technique on your wood tags. If you’d like to leave the chalkboard appearance then skip that part. If you’d like to keep the chalkboard appearance but want to paint the edges and back, then use painters tape around the interior edge of the chalkboard edge to help you keep a straight line. I didn’t want the appearance of chalkboard for this project, but wouldn’t you know these tags were ALL I could find in that size?! Go figure. Anyway, after your tags are painted, measure and cut your ribbon. Apply to the back of each tag with hot glue. Hold firmly in place until set.
- Next, mark the bottom center of your frame. Drill a hole for your knob. Once done, screw your knob in place.
- Cut out your font and snowflakes. Place each number on it’s own tag, and apply your words to your frame. If you do not have a cutting machine, then you may opt to stencil on your own font with paint.
You are done! What do you think?
*If this post made absolutely no sense whatsoever, you can thank my screaming 2 year old daughter. It was her mission to prevent this post from happening. Mommy win! (Or so I think???!)