My kids count down to everything. How many days till school starts, how many days till we go to California, how many days till the birthday party, how many days till pack meeting. You get the picture. So, I thought I’d help them count down to Halloween this year by making a magnetic Halloween Countdown Calendar.

I started with a sheet of metal I bought forever ago at Roberts (sometimes I wonder why I have certain things) and a sheet of stickers I bought last year after Halloween. I used a circle punch to punch out 31 circles from orange cardstock.

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Then I added the stickers to the front of each one. Which was easy, because they’re stickers. Yay, no other adhesive.

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I then used the same circle punch to punch out 31 circles from a magnetic sheet. The punch went through the sheet really easy. See the white side of the magnetic sheet? Just peel that off and it’s sticky. So, I stuck the punched out cardstock to the magnets. Yay, no other adhesive again.

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Back to the sheet of metal. I took a paint pen, measured and drew lines to make a grid. You can’t make anything go into 31 evenly, so I filled in some squares with words and pictures drawn in with the paint pen.

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I added rub-ons to the top that say “Halloween Countdown” and used a wooden pants hanger to hang it by. Then I mod podged scrapbook paper to the front of the hanger and added coordinating ribbon.

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I found a small jar at Roberts to put the magnets in until it’s time to go on the countdown calendar. I used rub-ons to put ”31 Days” onto the jar.

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And here’s the finished product. It’s not hanging up yet, because I want to put it in the mudroom and that’s not finished yet. There’s huge progress though. I just finished painting yesterday. Beadboard is next. I’m just giddy thinking about it.

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I’m linking this to DIY Day at a Soft Place to Land and Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage. I’m excited to see what everyone’s been working on. You should go check it out too. Have fun getting great ideas for projects to work on.

I’m linking this to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival. I can’t wait to visit and get some great ideas for Fall decorating and crafts. You should check it out too.

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Whitney Ulrich September 24, 2009 at 10:03 am

mom that is soooooo cute. I still countdown to everything too. It must just be a “your kids thing” we dont grow out of it. Ty thinks its soooo funny. Cant wait to see you guys next week yay

Stephanie September 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

How clever! I love it! I would’ve never thought to use a hanger, that’s awesome!! It turned out great!

Valencia September 24, 2009 at 10:16 am

OHHH how cute and creative!!

simplified bee September 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm

What a great DIY project the kids would enjoy. Thanks!

Michelle September 24, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Looks great! Very cute!

SMiles!
Michelle

Traci Rochon September 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Mom. How do you come up with these things? Crazy you had all this stuff laying around. Great idea. I have to do it for the kids. It’s such a cute Halloween decoration.

Mandy September 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm

So cute! The metal makes it ADORABLE.

Annette September 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm

This is so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog.

pk September 25, 2009 at 5:37 am

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Marcie September 25, 2009 at 7:19 am

This is way cute! Its funny it must be a Jacobs thing because my kids still count down too!

Tiffany E September 26, 2009 at 8:59 am

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Heather September 26, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Leanne,
I love your ideas! Thanks for entering our contest! I think I am going to have to make this cute calender. My kids LOVE Halloween and are very excited for it already. Thanks!
Heather
Tres Chic Boutique

Sheri September 28, 2009 at 4:27 am

Oh that’s so sweet!! Love it.

I have a linky party going on over at my place, check it out! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

Roeshel September 28, 2009 at 8:17 am

What a cute idea! I love it! Thanks for adding your fun project to the Fall Festival. I can’t wait to make one of these for my niece. :)

Rose fr FineCraftGuild dot com October 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

Finally someone is coming up with some thing totally new. Never heard or thought of a Halloween count-down… but for any serious party-organizers amongst us, this of course, is a MUST HAVE.

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