Chalkboards are everywhere right now and my house is no exception. I love doodling new things on this one in our entry when the seasons change. (See my Halloween board and tutorial HERE.) I asked the kids what they thought it should say for the holidays and they both picked a Countdown To Christmas theme. (Did you hear what I said? They agreed on something.)
Since I don’t like my own handwriting much I went searching for a font that seemed “countdowny” but wasn’t too detailed or fussy. I landed on this one called Sandwich Paper. After a quick download and install I got to work, following the same steps I used at Halloween.
As for the little fillers, a quick Google search for “chalkboard doodles” or “chalkboard flourishes” will turn up about a zillion ideas. I found my inspiration here but you could use anything. I just felt like swirls and twigs that day.
Then all that’s left to do is hang it up and admire its loveliness. Oh, and of course change the count each day.
Like the look but don’t have a chalkboard? There are plenty of sites that sell chalkboard prints you can just slip into a frame and hang on the wall. Some even offer free printables. They won’t be countdowns but they will look like a Christmas chalkboard. I found a few good options here, here, and here.
Some companies even sell peel and stick chalkboard panels. You just stick it on the wall, draw your countdown art, and then take it down when the season is over. How perfect is that? It seems like I’ve seen them at places like Target or Kohl’s but my online search didn’t come up with anything there. I did however find several different options here.
Hopefully I’ve given you more chalkboard ideas than you ever thought you would need. Do you have a countdown tradition? Does it involve crafting or creating something?
This post is Day 3 in the series “12 Days of Easy Christmas Decorating”. Click these gallery pics to see all the projects in the series.