Count Down Calendar
- 24 cardboard tubes (or as many as the days you will count.- for example: only 8 for Chanukah, etc.)
- acrylic craft paint
- security envelopes
- snowflake hole punch
- sewing machine, stapler, or glue gun
- cork board
- mini clothespins(available at craft stores)
- ribbons or lace
- fabric for covering board
- stamp pad and numeral stamps
- Close one end of your tube. I loved running mine through my sewing machine with a zigzag stitch. Quick and satisfying. Alternately, use a stapler or a glue gun.
- Decide if you want to paint them. I knew I wanted a snow and frosty blue palette and opted for white. We painted them on a blanket of newspaper next to our wood stove to speed up the drying process and stay cozy. (Please ignore my not so tidy floor.) This is the perfect step to enlist a helper. (My assistant got bored with white quickly and shifted over to a cracker box in perfect pink.)
- The next step was everyone's favorite: punch out snowflakes (with our brand new Martha snowflake puncher) from blue security envelopes, of course!! I have a feeling we'll be making snowflakes all winter.
- Adorn your tubes with whatever suits you. We pasted our snowflakes right on. Although we kept our decorating simple, this is where you could go to town with rickrack, pompoms, buttons, etc.
- Number them. Numeral stamps are easy. Printing numbers on stickers would work nicely, too.
- Choose your method of display. Ideas: suspended on a ribbon, hung from branches, or on a cork board. My first thought was to just tack them all on a cork board. That seemed super easy, but needed a little oomph. When I went in search of a scrap of white fabric for covering, I spotted my suitcase filled with vintage lace. I bought a collection of crocheted pillow trims at a church sale years ago. They were cut right off of the pillow cases to salvage all of the hard work someone had done. They've felt too special to use, until now! I could use them without cutting into them.
I'm even in love with the raw edges and even fancy the delicate, drapey backside.
All that's left is to attach your little numbered pockets.
We'll fill ours with new time tickets and bits of chocolate. Have fun! I'd love to see yours if you give it a try...