Two years ago I started buying the .99 Trader Joe’s countdown calendar for my then 2.5 year old son. He didn’t really understand the concept of a countdown calendar, but definitely loved the little chocolate surprises he would get for 25 days! It was not until last year when my son understood what Yule (what we call Christmas in our house) meant that the countdown calendar was even twice as fun and exciting. I wanted to create this countdown calendar for our family to enjoy, visually, while making it exciting for my son.
- Noel, a Vintage Christmas kit, Mari Koegelenberg
- Karen Foster countdown calendar
- mod podge
- bone folder
- paper cutter
- fine tipped scissors
- Stickles glitter
- decorative bird
- E6000 glue
- Using the mask I created I masked all the squares and organized them to an 8.5 X 12 size canvas in Photoshop.
- Next print out the papers and cut them out.
- Using mod podge, glue on the squares to the boxes. Let them dry and then apply mod podge over the paper to seal it to the box. Set it aside to dry.
- Print out the strips to use to cover the outside of the box.Use mod podge to glue it onto the box. Set it aside to dry and then apply mod podge over the paper. Set it aside to dry.
- Paint the peace sign. Set is aside to dry.
- Put the boxes back in their slots and add the numbers to the boxes. This might get a bit tricky getting them back in the slot. Don’t worry. You’re not alone!
- On the box supposed to be marked for the final day of the countdown I opted to cover the box with red glitter instead to make it stand out more.
- Once the peace sign is dry I glue it in top of the box and add the decorative bird.
Now you’re ready to fill up the boxes with yummy candy! The best thing about this is that if you have multiple kids like I do, you can fit multiple candy not only for the kids, but for you and your husband too!
Other Articles by jcarlisi:
- Simple, yet stunning, fall wreath - November 5th, 2010
- Mini baby album + matching baby shower invitation - September 29th, 2010
- Topiary flower plant - August 9th, 2010
- Whimsical flower mobile - July 23rd, 2010