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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Countdown Blocks - tutorial

This tutorial is about 15 days late ... dadgum ...

But still so fun! I'm a sucker for Christmas advent calendars. Here's a super fun and easy way to make your own countdown for Christmas.

- 2 Blocks*
- Modpodge
- paintbrush
- Christmas scrapbook paper
- scissors
- Sharpie

*My blocks are 4"x4" and painted white. I couldn't find these in a store so I actually had my husband buy a 4"x4" timber and cut some pieces off for me. He's the bomb!

First, cut out your squares. Each block will need six squares, for a total of twelve pieces. I cut mine to about three and a half inches square, but just make sure you measure your own block. Leave a little space on the edges.

 Label your squares. I used a simple sharpie and hand wrote mine, but you can use vinyl cutouts, stickers, stencils, etc.
The first block will have the numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The second block will have the numbers: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9

Paint the back of the number with mod podge and attach it to your block.

Continue adding your numbers to the sides of your blocks. Make sure you line them up facing the same direction ...

And badda-bing! Countdown blocks! It would probably serve you best to put a layer of mod podge over the entire block after you add all your numbers (it will dry clear and glossy). 

I love Christmas!! And only 11 more days! I'm hosting a huge Christmas Eve dinner party at my house this year. Yes, my new house that I moved into only 4 days ago ... All prayers for hasty unpacking and quick yet beautiful interior designs are appreciated!!

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