30 Days til Vacation {A Countdown Calendar Hanger}

I was thrilled to share this project over at UCreate last month for Kari’s readers. I thought I would share it here as well in case you happen to miss the post. Even though summer is coming to a close this countdown calendar can be made for pretty much any holiday or special occasion with the change of a few colors and wording. Thanks again Kari for inviting me over!

I know I, myself, get excited counting down the days to sandy beaches and carefree days ~ and as my son gets a little older I’m sure this will come in handy as the summertime kiddie ‘going away’ anxiety grows.

Vacation Countdown Calendar
Materials Needed
Scrap Piece of Beadboard
Scrap Piece of Thin Wood
{30} 3/4 Inch Wooden Beads
2 Small Screw Hooks
24 Gauge Craft Wire
Jute Twine
Assorted Acrylic Paints
Gorilla Glue Epoxy
4 Inch Foam Alphabet Stamps
1/2 Inch Mini Numerical Rubber Stamps

Began with a piece of beadboard {cut 25 inches wide by 6 inches high} and a piece of thin wood {cut 21 inches wide by 5 inches tall}. I used a few scraps I had left over from previous projects.

You can get creative with your color scheme to match any decor; I went with a washed out, beach inspired, Americana look. The beadboard received a coat of a custom Blue color, which I made using a combination of acrylics and water {Apple Barrel Blue Stoneware 20566, Americana White Wash DA02, & Folk Art Medium Grey 425}. The wood piece was painted with Americana Bleached Stone DA257.

Once dry, if you prefer a distressed look, sand over the beadboard with a palm sander.

Drill two holes at the top for the hanger. {4 inches from each side and 3/4 inches from the top}

You can use any type of string or ribbon for the hanger; I chose to use three pieces of jute twine, which I braided together. Stick one end thru one of the holes {from the front} and tie into a knot on the backside; repeat with other end of the string into the second hole to create the hanger.

On the bottom edge of the beadboard insert two mini screw hooks, one on each end; this will later hold the wire for the beads.

Now you are ready to start the lettering on the second board. I used 4 inch foam alphabet stamps for mine. These can be found in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store, usually with the rubber stamps. I have used these on a number of projects and just love them! They come in several different styles and sizes and run from $5 – $10 a set.

Lightly paint on a small amount of acrylic paint with a brush and stamp on. I used Folk Art Medium Grey 425 for my letters.

To ensure your letters are aligned use a measuring tape or straight edge as your guide.

Once dry, again, if you prefer the distressed look, sand the edges and over the lettering. I just adore the weathered look this adds to the piece.

Attach the two boards together using Gorilla Glue Epoxy and let sit to dry for at least 90 minutes.

For the ‘counters’ you will need 3/4 inch wooden beads; make sure you purchase the ones with the pre-drilled holes. These are normally in the wood craft section and come already packaged in bags of 30.

The easiest way to color these is to let them sit in a mixture of paint and water. This will give them more of a translucent ‘stained look’ than solid paint. Simply fill a small bowl with water and add in your acrylic paint. Stir with a brush to mix well and drop in the wooden balls. Let sit for about a half hour or until the desired color is reached. To dry, thread them into a wooden skewer and sit on top of a vase or open container.

Once dry, you are now ready to number. I used a 1/2 inch mini stamp set with black ink pad for mine. These can be found in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store.

Stamp each ball with numbers 1-30 and re-thread onto the wooden skewers to dry.

To hang the beads cut a piece of 26 gauge craft wire and tightly wrap the end around one of the screw hooks. Thread on your beads in descending order from left to right and secure the loose end of wire to the other screw hook.

Hang and count down those last 30 days until your relaxing vacation!

As the days pass, simply roll each bead around, until the number is hidden on the backside.

Happy Summer!

Enjoy!
                  

Comments

  1. Cute and functional – love the look you ended up with. It would be fun to create one with interchangeable event boards too. Great job!

  2. This is an amazing project. Great for school countdowns too!

  3. I can see a countdown to Christmas version too!! Love it!

  4. This is the cutest!!! What a great tip for dyeing those wooden beads – yeesh, to think of all the time I’ve wasted painting them individually. I also LOVE the concept of turning the beads around to do the countdown – so tidy and clever!

  5. Very cute Stephanie!! It will be here before you know it :)

  6. Very fun! I think it would work for any vacation year round.

  7. Super cute!! Nice work!

  8. Awesome!!!

  9. So cute, never thought of a countdown to vacation, why not? I love it.
    Brooke

  10. Such a great tutorial, chock-full of wonderful tips!

  11. What a creative way to count down the days! Cute!

  12. so very cute!! we go to disney almost each year and what a fun way to countdown. i could use this over and over, most things i come up with are a one time countdown. this is great!! thanks for sharing details!!

  13. This is SO cute!

  14. Alright!!!! This is absolutely to die for!…oh my. And I think it would be great to use interchangeable signs for different seasons and such, going to make this one!! again, love love love it…super simple and cute =)

  15. Love this idea!!! What a wonderful…and cute way to countdown days until vacation. Kids…who cares (Mine are all grown up)…I want one for ME!

        

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