Seasonal Decor

DIY Christmas Countdown

This DIY Christmas Countdown is the perfect holiday decor for your home.

DIY Christmas Countdown Craft

I was looking through Ballard Design’s catalog, and I fell in love with their chalkboard Christmas countdown.

Inspiration from Ballard Design

SO cute, isn’t it?!  I decided to recreate one for my dining room.


I started with a large canvas.  (I found mine at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon.)

Chalkboard Paint

I painted the entire canvas (including sides) with two coats of chalkboard paint.

DIY Advent Calendar Supplies

Here are the supplies you need for the DIY Christmas Countdown:

  • Christmas Bulb Ornaments
  • Chalk
  • China Marker
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Painters Tape
  • Printout of Lettering
  • Rope
  • Nails
  • String
  • Scissors

Using the chalk, I figured out where I wanted the rope and bulbs to hang and added dots for the numbers.  I placed my Merry Christmas at the top, and to see my secret for transferring lettering, you can click HERE.

Adding dot & lines

I taped down the lettering and numbers using painter’s tape and followed my perfect chalkboard tutorial for transferring them to the chalkboard.

Laying out advent calendar

I then added nails to the back of the canvas and tied the rope to the nails.

Adding String

After the rope was strung, I added the ornaments using the string.

Christmas Chalkboard Advent Calendar

And my Christmas countdown was complete! You can either add the bulbs or remove them to countdown to Christmas.  I gave Christmas Day a slightly different bulb.

Christmas Advent Calendar

You can add your own style to the countdown through the font and/or ornaments.

Christmas Vinette with At Home

Click HERE to see all the details behind my dining room Christmas decor.

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

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DIY Christmas Countdown Tutorial