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Christmas Countdown Chalkboard (Easy DIY!)

Mark the days to gift giving with this DIY Christmas countdown chalkboard, made with dollar store supplies! Easy, cute, and reusable year after year.

Skills Required: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. You will be cutting paper, decoupaging it to wood, painting, and using a Cricut (or adhesive letters).

christmas chalkboard countdown

I can be a persnickety person. We all have our quirks, and sometimes certain things bring them out. For me, it’s advent calendars and countdowns.

Of course the chocolate ones are easy to remember, especially because it’s the one time of year you get to pop chocolate in your mouth for breakfast. At least at my house.

But there are plenty of other kinds of countdowns, like our paper chains or snowman, that don’t have gifts attached, that require daily attention.

And sometimes we miss those in all the hustle and bustle, right? But not me.

As a child, I would get up every day in December with my first immediate thought being that the calendar must be switched. We’re one day closer. If I don’t change the calendar or cut the paper ring off, WHO WILL?

christmas countdown chalkboard

I stressed about it and always made sure it was done. Just as a mini fussbudget should. And some things never really change. I’m still similar in so many ways!

I thought about the old days a lot as I made this wood Christmas craft. The holidays are a season of anticipation, and what better way to mark the time than with a DIY Christmas countdown chalkboard?

This Christmas craft is a nod to those memories, a modern twist on the advent calendar. It not only serves as a festive decoration, but also as a daily reminder of the impending joy of Christmas.

The beauty of this DIY chalkboard is its simplicity and the warmth it brings to your home. Made with just a few supplies – a wood plaque, Dollar Tree supplies, some chalkboard paint, and your trusty Mod Podge – it’s an accessible project for all.

And the best part? It’s customizable. Whether you favor classic holiday motifs or have a penchant for quirky designs, you can tailor your countdown to reflect your family’s personality (I chose gnome themed paper!).

As you draw closer to the big day, this charming chalkboard becomes a part of your family’s story, a simple yet significant piece of your holiday tradition. And your kids will love it when you pull it out each year.

I’ll guide you through creating your own below. First, here’s what you’re going to need to make this homemade Christmas decoration:

Gather These Supplies

  • Unfinished wood plaque – I used 8 x 10
  • Unfinished wood sled – Dollar Tree
  • Scrapbook paper – 1 sheet
  • Acrylic paint – white, metallic green, metallic red
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Cricut and vinyl or adhesive letters
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Mini wreath and ribbon – Dollar Tree
  • Chalk – don’t use a chalk pen; you want real chalk
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and craft knife

Tips and Thoughts for This Project:

Dollar Tree has plenty of wood surfaces in various sizes and shapes you could use (and paint over) if you don’t want to use a wood plaque.

Use any paint colors you would like for the wood plaque and the sled. I used paint I had on hand.

I used a Cricut to cut out the letters. I made it myself using the Blanket of Snow font, then simply sized it to fit my sled surface. You could also use adhesive letters, or even write it on with a paint pen.

You can attach a ribbon, picture hanger, or Command Strips to the back to make Christmas wall decor. OR you can display on a tabletop easel which makes it easy to pick up to change the number. This would also be fun as mantel decor.

christmas chalkboard countdown

Get the printable how to card for this project below:

Yield: 1 countdown

Christmas Countdown Chalkboard

days till christmas chalkboard

Count down to the season of giving with this handcrafted chalkboard countdown, a charming addition to your festive decor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Dry Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Estimated Cost $5


  • Unfinished wood plaque - I used 8 x 10
  • Unfinished wood sled - Dollar Tree
  • Scrapbook paper - 1 sheet
  • Acrylic paint - white, metallic green, metallic red
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Adhesive letters (optional)
  • Craft glue
  • Mini wreath and ribbon - Dollar Tree
  • Stick chalk


  • Cricut and vinyl (optional)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and craft knife
  • Brayer (optional)


  1. Paint the wood plaque with white (or color of your choice). Paint the wood sled with your choice of colors on the rails, and then black chalkboard paint on the top. Apply two layers of paint and let dry (don't forget the small areas).Painting an unfinished wood sled with chalkboard paint
  2. Trim the scrapbook paper to fit the top of the plaque, using the ruler to measure the size. Cut with a craft knife and make sure it fits.Paper cut to fit the top of the wood plaque
  3. Apply the Mod Podge in a medium layer to the top of the white plaque.Apply Mod Podge to the top of the white wood plaque
  4. Press the paper down on top of the plaque and smooth using your hands or a brayer. Smooth until all bubbles are removed, then wipe away excess Mod Podge around the edges and let dry for 15 - 20 minutes.Place the paper down onto the plaque and smooth
  5. Seal the top of the paper with Mod Podge. Brush on and let dry.Apply Mod Podge over the top of the scrapbook paper and let dry
  6. Create your design on the Cricut (ensuring it fits your surface) and then cut out of vinyl.Cut out Days Until Christmas from the white vinyl
  7. Weed the design using your tools. Add the design to transfer paper.Weed the design and add the transfer paper
  8. Apply the vinyl to the sled towards the top. Smooth down and remove the transfer paper.Apply the design to the chalkboard painted sled
  9. Glue the sled down to the wood plaque. Glue the wreath onto the sled above the vinyl, then tie the ribbon around the top of the sled.Glue the sled onto the plaque and the wreath onto the sled
  10. Condition the chalkboard surface according to bottle instructions. Display on the wall or an countdown chalkboard


Costs will vary greatly for this project depending on what you have on hand. I already had paper, paint, etc. and used dollar store supplies to make it cheaper.

DO NOT use chalk pens on chalkboard paint unless the package says they work for chalkboard paint. Otherwise they are permanent.

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