Alright, it's Black Friday, and now I can officially welcome in the Christmas season! I try to save my Christmas celebrations for the day after Thanksgiving. So now that my favorite time of year is here... bring it on!
Anticipating a special occasion is half the fun--am I right?! I think I own at least 3 Christmas advent calendars--so you will see more ideas! But today I want to share the tutorial for making my latest and greatest countdown.
Come along with me and see how I made this sweet lil' Christmas tree countdown!
I had the opportunity to decorate this Christmas tree from Say It With Letters. There is something about unfinished wood that is so exciting to me--all those possibilities! I was so excited when this package arrived in the mail!
As soon as I saw this tree, I knew I needed to go shopping at my local scrapbook store. I cut strips of the new My Mind's Eye Christmas paper and used my Fiskars scallop punch on some of the strips. I overlapped the paper strips and mod-podged all of the paper onto the tree. I covered both sides of the tree and even the edges. Then, I trimmed it all up. I even sanded the edges so there were no sharp paper edges.
I decided that this tree needed some BLING. I gave the tree a thick coat of mod podge and started dumping on the glitter! Next, I added red sparkly ribbon and green sparkly ribbon stripes. This little tree definitely shines!
I decided that it would be fun to use this tree to count down the days until Christmas. So I found some glittery snowflakes at Hobby Lobby and used E-6000 to secure magnets to the back of each snowflake.
Using my Cricut, I added vinyl numbers to the snowflakes so we could count down the days until Christmas! You could also use paper numbers.
Using chipboard letters, I made the "days" sign, mounted on more scrapbook paper. I also distressed the edges.
I just glued 2 magnet tape squares onto the tree so that the snowflake numbers would stick. Then I topped the tree with a big red ribbon bow.
I glued these fun epoxy buttons all over the front and back of the tree as ornaments. (This is the back side.)
I found this cute star box and spray painted it red. Then I mod-podged paper and ribbon around the box's edges. Now I can use this box to hold the extra snowflake numbers! I am excited to start counting down the days until Christmas! Here are a few close-ups: