artsy-fartsy mama: DIY Christmas Countdown

DIY Christmas Countdown

Count down the days until Christmas with this DIY Christmas Countdown!

DIY Christmas Countdown

I decorate for Christmas with a different color scheme than the traditional red and green, so sometimes finding holiday decor in pinks, blues, purples and greens can be a little difficult. Instead, I create my own decor - like this fun Christmas Countdown I just made with a little help from Expressions Vinyl!

DIY Christmas Countdown

First, start with two 3x3" blocks and a 3.5x6.5x1.5" block. Sand the blocks until completely smooth. I also like to sand the edges and corners more to make them a little rounded.

DIY Christmas Countdown

Paint the blocks with white acrylic paint. I painted about 3 coats of paint, making sure each layer dried before adding the next. If you like a more worn/shabby look, sand the edges a bit and you can also put on a little bit of stain. I also spray painted a coat of clear gloss spray paint just to give it a little extra shine and to protect the paint.

DIY Christmas Countdown

While the paint dries, you can get your vinyl ready to cut! For my countdown, I used Lustre Vinyl in Magenta, and Heavy Metal Vinyl in Green Apple, Royal Blue, Purple, and Silver.

DIY Christmas Countdown

I typed up all the numbers and the "days until Christmas" in Design Space. When the design is ready, hit "GO". Stick the vinyl on a StandardGrip Mat, then cut out the numbers and "days until Christmas" on the Cricut Explore Air 2. If you are in a hurry, you can even select Fast Mode to cut up to 2x faster!!

DIY Christmas Countdown

The vinyl cut perfectly and weeded beautifully. I love how shimmery the Lustre Vinyl and Heavy Metal Vinyl are without being too overbearing. Usually I go straight for the Glitter Vinyl, but I wanted to try something different this time.

DIY Christmas Countdown

You'll need different sets of numbers on each block so you can create a two-digit number to count down to Christmas. On one block, put 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. On the other block, put 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8. To put the numbers on the block, I just peeled them off the backing and stuck them on like a sticker. No transfer tape needed (unless you really want to)!!

DIY Christmas Countdown

Speaking of transfer tape - if you don't have any or are running a little short, try this money-saving vinyl transfer hack to apply the "days until Christmas" vinyl! It works just like transfer tape and doesn't leave any sticky residue. It's great for small projects like this one.

DIY Christmas Countdown

And that's it! Such a quick and easy Christmas craft that you can make in an afternoon. Plus at Expressions Vinyl you can choose whatever vinyl you want in any color you need!

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