Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

I love Advent Calendars! Well, I also love Christmas and creating new projects to display in my home for the holiday season. So cruising around on Pinterest I saw many versions of “countdown boards” using chalkboard paint and I thought to myself, well that would be fun and easy! So, I went to the Web site and looked at all of the surfaces we have and chose our Large Ornament Shaped Plaque #62982. I wanted this to be a quick and easy project, so I chose only three paint colors, Tuscan Red #13255, White Wash #13002, Extreme Sheen 24K Gold #16077, plus the DecoArt Chalkboard Paint #13509.

I painted the main body of the ornament Tuscan Red and the top part 24K Gold. I measured and found the center of the ornament and then taped off a square to the size that I wanted for the chalkboard section. I applied the two coats of chalkboard paint according to the directions on the bottle making sure to let it dry completely between coats. After that, I just hand wrote the words in a white chalk pencil, Days till Christmas, and used a liner brush and White Wash to go over my lettering. I added dip dots with the end of my brush to add just a little something extra to the letters. You can you a stencil if you wanted, but I chose to use my own hand writing instead. Using White Wash and a highlighter brush #20173 I added a slight highlight around each of the large cutout snowflakes that frame the edge of the ornament. Once everything is dry, varnish, carefully making sure to avoid the chalkboard area.

To add a little something extra, I glued our 20 mm Canadian Pine #63083 to the top of the ornament and added some of our red Holly Berries #63085 for just another pop of red on the greenery. With the Baker’s Twine #70259 I tied a strand to the top and then tied a small piece of chalk to the other end so that it would hang nicely from the ornament. To finish it off, I went to my craft stash and pulled out some stripped ribbon and made a simple bow and hot glued it to the top and then glued the ends to the ornament for a little extra dimension.

That was pretty much it….and now you are ready for the holiday season!

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