So first, why haven’t I played with wood and paper before? I have always seen the cutest things made with the two, but for some reason it seemed complicated. Not the case friends! So so easy. Now I see why it is so popular. It’s fun, and addicting – I am already thinking of another way to play with them :). But first, let’s discuss the Halloween Countdown, cute yes? We’re BIG fans of Halloween in my house, and a countdown is a fun way to add to the fun.
To make it easy I made up a template with the words “Nights until we go a Haunting!”. So all you have to do is print it out. No stencils, or vinyl needed! Plus you get to play with paint, you know how much I love paint :).
If you have a crafting group or something like that, this is perfect for that. It comes together quickly and easily with great results. Catch me after the jump for all the details!
Diy Halloween Countdown
I should tell you where the inspiration for this came from. I was at Michael’s admiring their little Halloween villages, which are tempting me) and saw this little scene that had a countdown with little pumpkins in a tree. It was adorable, but I wanted something that would go with my Halloween decor from last year. So I came up with this. I love how it turned out! Here’s how you do it:
Everything you see above I picked up at Michaels. You should find similar stuff at most craft stores. You can use different sizes than I did, you just will want to scale the printable, and other elements. Everything else I had on hand.
- Wood plaque measuring around 9 x 12 inches
- 6 wood tags (located by the wood plaques) measuring around 2 x 3 inches – you could also just use paper tags, or scrapbook paper
- little paper box or something similar to put tags in
- scrapbook paper – one sheet to cover the plaque, one to print the saying on (best if this is lighter) – I used Recollections Haunted Manor collection
- black acrylic paint and brush, or spray paint
- spray adhesive, or mod podge
- little nails and hammer
- exacto knife
- sand paper
- gold or silver marker (I used an oil based paint sharpie in gold)
Click on image to open, save to your computer, then open and print on landscape orientation with no scaling.
Start by spraying the back of the scrapbook paper you are using as the base with adhesive, and press firmly centered onto the wood plaque.
Then take an exacto knife to cut around the edges.
Now take the sandpaper around all the edges where the wood and paper meet to give it a softer finish.
Paint around all the edges of the plaque where the wood is exposed. With a fairly dry brush I painted around the edges of the paper to blend it in. Let dry.
While you have the paint out, do a couple coats on both sides of the tags and let dry.
Next print out the saying. No scaling, on landscape orientation.
I trimmed the edges down and then cut out the corners to match my plaque. You may or may not need to do this depending on the plaque you use. Then I took the sponge brush and barely painted the edges of the paper. You can use a sharpie for this too.
Spray the back of the paper with the adhesive and then center on the plaque. If you want, you can do a coat of mod podge over the plaque, or use a spray sealer.
Now place two of the tags on the plaque where they look good and centered and mark with a pen in the holes. Take the nails and hammer where you marked.
For the numbers I used an oil based paint sharpie in gold – first time I have used it and I am already in love! Just write 0-9 on 5 of them, a number on each side and then for the sixth one write another 1 and 2. This will give you the numbers you need.
Lastly, paint the little box to put the tags in and you’re done!
Then hang your numbers and count the nights down! I can’t wait!
Questions? Leave them in the comments and I will answer them there.