Days to Christmas Countdown Calendar Tutorial

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Design and Tutorial by: Burton Avenue

I love Christmas advent calendars! They are such a fun way to countdown the days until Christmas. Today, I'm going to show you how to make this Christmas advent calendar. This calendar is great because it can be used year after year and it makes a super cute decoration!


  • Wood (I used an 11.25" x 21" piece of pine)
  • Stencil Vinyl (or any adhesive vinyl also works)
  • Transfer Tape
  • Paint (I used white, red, brown, dark green, and light green)
  • 1" Wire Brad Nails
  • 2" Mini Grapevine Wreath
  • Wood and Stain for Frame (2 - 22.5" and 2 - 11.25" cut from furring strips)
  • Brad Nailer or Hammer and Nails
  • Sawtooth Hanger (Optional)
  • Electronic cutter
  • Cut File - BA916 Days until Christmas

Start by painting the board white and staining the furring strips dark brown. While you are waiting for those to dry, you can cut out the vinyl stencil. Size the design to 10.25" x 19". To make it easier to center the design, add a rectangle the same size as the wood (11.25" x 21") around the design. Once everything is sized, load your vinyl in your machine and cut everything out.  I used stencil vinyl for this sign, but you can use regular adhesive vinyl, instead.

After it's all cut, weed away the excess vinyl. Since this is a stencil, you'll want to pull out the letters and numbers.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the design and place it on top of the vinyl.  Rub over the transfer tape to help it stick to the vinyl.  Flip the vinyl over and carefully pull off the vinyl backing.

Once your board is completely dry, place the vinyl stencil over the top.  The edges of the rectangle should match up with the edges of your board. Rub over the vinyl again to help it stick to the board. Then, pull off the transfer tape.

Paint over the stencil with a light coat of white paint. This step is optional, but it really helps to stop the paint from bleeding under the stencil.

Next, fill in the stencil with red, green, and brown paint.

Once the paint is dry to the touch, carefully pull off the vinyl stencil. Use a craft knife or weeding tool to pull out the center of the letters.

Place a mini wreath over the numbers to see where you should place the nails.† You'll need one nail above†each number.

To complete the sign, nail on the wood frame. Nail on the top and bottom pieces first and then attach the sides. If you want to hang your sign, you can add a sawtooth hanger on the back.

That's it! Now, you've got a fun Christmas advent calendar and you can start counting down the days until Christmas!

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