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Christmas Countdown Ornament – Days till Christmas

Do you LOVE counting the days till Christmas? AWESOME! I have a super fun DIY Christmas Countdown Ornament tutorial to share with you today! It’s so much fun to make!

DIY Christmas Countdown Ornament. This ornament is so fun to make that you will want to make a bunch to give to your family members. Such a unique way to count days till Christmas.

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DIY Christmas Countdown Ornament. This ornament is so fun to make that you'll want to make a bunch to give to your family members. Such a unique way to count days till Christmas.

DIY Christmas Countdown Ornament

Supplies:

Instructions:

Step 1: We started off by cutting a piece of wood to 2 3/4″ wide x 3 1/2″ high x 1/4″ thick.

We also cut 2 pieces 3 3/4″ long and 2 other pieces 3 1/2″ (all 4 pieces are 1/2″ x 1/2″).

Wood pieces needed to make Christmas Countdown Ornament

Step 2: Time to paint and stain the pieces of wood.

We painted the small wood plaque in beige.

The other 4 pieces were stained using this staining technique.

Painting wood plaque and frame

Step 3: Using my vinyl cutting machine, I cut out the word Christmas out of red vinyl making sure it was the correct size to fit on the wood plaque (2″ wide).

If you do not have a vinyl cutter, you can paint the words onto your project. Print out the words, and use graphite paper to transferring the lettering onto your project. Then you can paint it. Check out this step by step for more details: How to transfer lettering onto wood.

Christmas word art in red vinyl

Step 4: Using my machine again, I cut out the word Countdown (2″ wide) out of green vinyl.

Countdown word art in green vinyl

Step 5: I applied the vinyl words I cut out onto the top portion of the wood plaque.

How to add vinyl lettering to a wood plaque

Step 6: I cut 7 pieces of 1 1/4″ high x by 7/8″ wide rectangles out of the sheet of cork using scissors.

Cutting cork with scissors

Step 7: Cork is a naturally a nice color, but for this project I wanted to change the color to darker.

To make it darker, I applied the dark paint onto the cork and used paper towel to wipe it off immediately. It stained the cork a nice shade of brown.

I did this on both side of the pieces.

How to paint cork

Step 8: Moving back to my vinyl cutting machine, I cut out numbers from beige vinyl about 7/8″ high.

I cut out 2x 0, 2x 1, 2x 2, 2x 3, and 1x 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Beige vinyl numbers

Step 9: I applied the vinyl numbers to the bottom portion of the cork rectangles.

Now, to save on material, I applied two numbers per cork rectangle (front and back).  

Here are the number combinations I did: 0-1, 0-1, 2-3, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.

Adding vinyl to cork

Step 10: Using a small hole punch, I made holes at the top of each cork rectangle.

How to use a hole punch to make holes in cork

Step 11: I placed two cork rectangles on the plaque underneath the word Countdown. When I liked their location, I made a pencil mark in the hole to mark where I should screw in the hooks.

Deciding the placement of the hooks

Step 12: I glued the 4 smalls pieces of wood around the wood plaque to frame it.

How to make a frame for the Christmas Countdown Ornament

Step 13: Once the glue was dry, I screwed in the two hooks.

Installing hooks on Christmas Countdown

Step 14: Now to make the Christmas Countdown into an ornament, we need to add string to be able to hang it up.

I screwed in two closed eye screw hooks at the top of the frame. Then I attached a piece of jute twine.

How to transform a Christmas countdown into an ornament

Step 15: Add the cork numbered rectangles to make it an official Christmas Countdown Ornament.

Adding numbers to the Christmas Countdown

Here it is:

Christmas Countdown Ornament

DIY Christmas Countdown Ornament. This ornament is so fun to make that you'll want to make a bunch to give to your family members. Such a unique way to count days till Christmas.
DIY Christmas Countdown Ornament. This ornament is so fun to make that you'll want to make a bunch to give to your family members. Such a unique way to count days till Christmas.
DIY Christmas Countdown Ornament. This ornament is so fun to make that you'll want to make a bunch to give to your family members. Such a unique way to count the days until Christmas. #christmascountdown #daysuntilchristmas #christmasornaments

Doesn’t it look AWESOME?!

I just love it so much!! We are going to have a BLAST counting down to Christmas with it.

You do know how much I’m obsessed with Christmas Countdowns, right?!

Oh you don’t know… well goodness let me show you some of my countdowns! Ready?

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And in case you were thinking I have a problem… Yes.. I.. Do!! I LOVE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWNS!

DIY Christmas Countdown Ornament. This ornament is so fun to make that you'll want to make a bunch to give to your family members. Such a unique way to count days till Christmas.

I sure hope I have inspired you to create your own Christmas Countdown Ornament! I just can’t wait to put ours in our tree. We are thinking of putting up our Christmas tree this weekend! YAY!

P.S. Did you notice that the Christmas Countdown Ornament is a replica of my Outdoor Christmas Countdown Marquee Sign?

If you are more into sewing projects, I also made a Fabric Advent Calendar!

Have a wonderful day!

Christine

Robin

Friday 29th of November 2019

Love the rustic look! Thanks for partying with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned! Robin ?

Mother of 3

Monday 18th of November 2019

That is such a super cute ornament! Pinned.

Julie

Monday 18th of November 2019

What a sweet alternative to an Advent calendar.

Bonnie DuBois

Monday 20th of November 2017

Can you tell me the name of the fonts you used for the Christmas countdown ornament?

Michelle James

Saturday 18th of November 2017

This is such a great project!

Christine @ theDIYdreamer

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Thanks so much!

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