Chalkboard Countdown Wall Hanging {as seen on Pinterest}

Don’t you just love Pinterest? (If you don’t know what Pinterest is, check out my boards to see what is looks like.) While I usually want to make everything I pin, you know as well as I do that it doesn’t always work out that way. I suppose if I spent as much time at my craft table some days as I do on Pinterest looking at all of the amazing treasures it holds, I could make more, but I do occasionally make some of it. Like this chalkboard wall hanging…

Chalkboard Countdown Wall Hanging

The idea for this project came from this post on the Fabulessly Frugal Web site. While I did not follow her tutorial exactly, I still want to make sure I give her credit for the original idea. My husband and I teamed up to make this for our kids for Christmas.

We used a piece of 2” x 6” cedar simply because we had some leftover from another project. My husband cut it so it was about 24-inches long and my husband used his router to round the edges a little bit. He attached a couple of picture hangers to the back and then handed it off to me to complete.

I sanded down any rough spots around the edges of the board and then covered it with a light coat of spray primer. Once that was dry, I used a sponge brush to paint it with the chalkboard paint (I used brush-on paint, but you can also get chalkboard spray paint). It might take a couple of coats of the chalkboard paint to get good coverage. Make sure you give it plenty of time to dry between coats and also after you are done painting it.

I used my Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine (affiliate link) to cut out the “{days ‘til}” out of White Adhesive-Backed Vinyl (affiliate link) and stuck it to the center of the board. Make sure you have quality vinyl. The stuff I bought was a little on the cheaper side and it was obvious once it was cut. Once the letters were stuck on, all that was left was to condition the chalkboard point on either end following the directions on the paint can.

The nice thing about this countdown calendar is that you can write in any event! As you can tell from the picture here, my daughter used her chalkboard wall hanging to count down the days until her due date for baby #2 who, by the way, ended up being late.

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3 comments for “Chalkboard Countdown Wall Hanging {as seen on Pinterest}

  1. Tracey
    05/24/2013 at 7:31 am

    Love this idea and I love Pinterest. I made sure to follow all of your boards.

  2. Sami S.
    05/28/2013 at 7:35 pm

    I love this idea but I don’t have a Cricut machine, any suggestions on how I can make it?

    • 05/28/2013 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Sami, If I didn’t have a Cricut, I would simply paint on the “{Days Til}”. If you don’t want to write it out freehand, you can use a word processing program and print it out. Rub the back of the print-out with chalk, set it on the plaque where you want to writing to be, and trace around it using a pen or pencil. This will transfer your design to the plaque and you can then simple paint it in.

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