Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Home Decor Project - "Days Until" Chalkboard Countdown

As part of Erica's Cricut Craft Room Design Team, I was asked to share a Home Decor project today.  If you haven't caught on to the craze that is Pinterest - be forewarned.  It is the equivalent of internet crack.  Especially for crafters and DIY'ers... so I'm just saying.  You've been warned.

Anyway - I saw both parts of this and I'm excited to share it with you!  So, you know those Christmas coundown calendars?  Well this one, allows you to change the event to anything... vacation, birthday, concert - whatever! 

So first thing's first.... chalkboard paint.. you have a few options...chalkboard spray paint, pre-made chalkboard paint in a variety of colors at yor local craft store, or you can do what I did and MAKE YOUR OWN!!!  All you need is a little bit of Non Sanded Grout from your local hardware store.  A decent sized can only cost me $3 and the ratio is 1.5 tsp powder to 1/4 cup paint.  Thats it.  Mix and paint.  The KEY is priming your chalkboard after the paint is dry.  Take some chalk and run it all over the board.... give it a good coat and then wipe it all off.  Then voila!  Chalkboard!

Next step is the vinyl. I designed "Days Until" using Songbird on Cricut Craft Room, welding the letters together and then cut them out on a beige colored vinyl.  Adhere to the board, then decorate with chalk : )

  I hotglued a picture hanger to the back, but I also found a small easle will also work well for this.

Here is an alternate version:

I also have this listed on my Etsy site - if you are interested in purchasing one, please click here.

As always - thanks for looking!  Have a great day today and make sure you stop back at Erica's page to see what the rest of my DT Sisters are up to today!!


  1. I love this idea and thank you for the ingredients for chalkboard paint

  2. LOL love your sign. a perfect gift for anyone!!

  3. This is super fun! Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Great job. I saw these on Pinterest too and wanted to try them!