DIY Chalkboard Christmas Countdown

DIY Christmas Countdown Craft

I was looking through Ballard Design’s catalog, and I fell in love with their chalkboard turned 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 (pretend there’s a piece of chalk in the above pic):

  • 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 painters 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




  1. [email protected] says

    This is adorable, Sara! I’m wanting to run out after school today to get supplies to make one for my own home.

    I would love for you to add this to our “Best of the Weekend” party that opens Friday night at 8 pm. I know that it will be popular with my readers!

  2. Jenna says

    Love this, Sara! So glad you linked up with us last week…I’m featuring this project tonight at Best of the Weekend! Hope we’ll see you there again!


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