Christmas is my favorite holiday, BY FAR! Every year I start to get really excited as the time to decorate draws closer. In my home we always decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year I stumbled across the cutest Christmas countdown project I’ve seen. And so easy! I created the entire project, start to finish (including drying time) in under 2 hours. Love that!
And I so love this!
I saw it over at Eighteen 25 where they are blogging about advent countdown calendars all week! It was so adorable I knew I had to make my own!
I bought a clipboard at Michaels. It was so easy to take the clip off which allowed me to cover the entire base. But I think that the original one looks cute too even though the paper only goes up to the clip.
I cut the paper to size, rounded the corners (with my corner rounding punch), and used a hole punch on the paper for the screw holes.
I’ve never used Mod Podge so I did a bit of google research before starting. I saw several recommendations to spritz the back of the paper with water to keep it from getting wrinkles or bubbles. So that is what I did. Lightly sprayed the back of the paper with water, then spread a medium layer of Mod Podge on the clipboard only. Then I lined up the paper on the clipboard and used my fingers to spread it as flat as I could.
I allowed the clipboard to dry for 20 minutes before coating the top with a sealer coat of Mod Podge.
I printed the title at a font size of 50 in a text box sized 2.75 by 4.75. I used the free font Elise from KevinandAmanda.com. I added some sparkly brads and gradient jewels just for fun. FYI, I did Mod Podge the mat onto the clipboard. When I tried to Mod Podge the title, the ink smeared everywhere (even though it had been drying for 30+ min). I had to pull off the white paper, reprint, and glue it down again. This time I didn’t Mod Podge the top of the title. :)
I’ve been dying for the chance to use these adorable svgs from SVGcuts.com. This is the reindeer from their Christmas Cuddly Friends collection. SO CUTE! I love using SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) with my Cricut. Who needs cartridges when you can get svgs as adorable as this?!? I pieced that reindeer together and then Mod Podged it to the Clipboard. Once it dried for 20 min I coated the top with Mod Podge as well to seal it. After it had dried I added a gradient gem to his nose. Love it!!
I printed the numbers in the font Clingy (also from KevinandAmanda.com) at size 230. I used 8.5×11 sheets of cardstock, put the page in landscape mode and added two columns. I made the right and left margins as tiny as they would go then centered my text. That way I could just cut the page down the middle. I did end up cutting 1 in off the top to leave more room for my title and reindeer. I used my corner punch to round the bottom corners as well. If you’d like to download my PDF file here it is Advent Clipboard Countdown.
For a bit of color I took a red ink pad and ran it along the edge of each number card.
On the 10 card I added a cute little Mrs. Claus from the same collection as the reindeer.
On the 1 I added Santa, from the Christmas Cuddly Friends collection as well. They are all so cute!!
To top it all off I tied a bit of ribbon to the top of the clipboard.
And here is my final product. I can’t wait until Dec 1st when I can put it out! I am so in love with this Advent Countdown Calendar!
Try one out! If you do leave me a comment with a link! I’d love to see yours!