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Friday, December 31, 2010

{calendar blocks}

Who doesn't love countdown blocks? Well, I wanted to be able to use it all year long, and all it took was one simple change.

For the bottom block, I made a removable tag for each month (just cardstock, distressed and matted on scrapbook paper--font Mr. Giggles), which makes it so easy to just change it out every month. I thought about making 6 bottom blocks, and putting vinyl on each side--then changing out a block every 2 months. You could still do that if you prefer, but I really wanted to go with simple, and reduce the amount I had to store. To stick on the month, I actually used a little bit of double stick tape--it comes off the mod podged surface pretty easily. (In the process of making it, I added and removed a month at least 10 times, and it always worked well.)

I actually made this one for a gift, so if you're name starts with an A, and you live in Idaho, please act surprised. :) (And forgive me for not getting it mailed before Christmas--with 5 sick little ones, it was all about survival.)

Now you've got a darling way to count down each day in the year, and never have to put them away!


Calendar Block Specifics

Wood: 4x4 posts, cut into 2 square blocks, 2x4--7 inches
Number Placement: Block 1--0,1,2,3,4,5
Block 2--0,1,2,6,7,8 (6 doubles as the 9, so make sure you put it on non-directional paper)

Paint your blocks, mod podge desired paper, sand and distress block edges, add numbers!




Blogger Smullin Family said...

My name starts with an A and I live in Idaho... but I don't think you're talking about me. :( Bummer, I would LOVE your calendar block... and I don't even care that it's past Christmas. :) J/K

December 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger DanielleisNesting said...

I love this! It's so darn cute!

December 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Sassy Sites! said...

Let me first just say that this is an adorable idea! Counting UP instead of DOWN each month! :) AND... I love love love that you always mention what font you use when you post a craft! THX!!

December 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Corners of My Life said...

Totally charming! Where did you get your Mr. Giggles font? I tried googling it and up came too many of sites.

December 31, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Corners of My Life--I got it at the 2peas site. This is not a free font, but it is only $1.99. It's actually the first font I've ever purchased, but it's a favorite, and I knew I would use it all the time.

December 31, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Mommarock said...

Oh how CUTE! Wow this is genius! I sure hope I am lucky enough to be the winner, there is so much I would love to make for my blank slate home!

December 31, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

awesome project, thanks for the link! happy 2011!

December 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

love this, i want to make one!!

December 31, 2010 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

So cute, I love them. Have a great new year!

December 31, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Nif @ said...

So adorable! I need a Silhouette! Fast! :)

December 31, 2010 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

How cute this is I love it.

Sandy from The Mommy's Place

December 31, 2010 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger carey said...

CUTE! could you please post the measurements for the bottom block (I assume the numbers are 4x4)...thanks!

January 1, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Terra said...

I love the idea of using this as a calendar and I love the colors you used. I was thinking you could also use sticky velcro for the months.

January 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Lori Thompson said...

So, so , so cute!!

January 2, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

This is such a great idea, but I am stumped as to how you were able to do a number set for every day of the month. There are only 6 sides to a cube, and given that each date will have either a 0,1,2, or 3 in it, how did you manage to make it work for every day including the numbers 2-9? I am wanting to make these but wondering how you figured that part. Thanks!

January 6, 2011 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Ha, just figured it out. You likely made three cubes per calendar set.

January 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Can you tell us the sizes you used of each block as well as the number placement? I love these!

January 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Veronica--I actually made only 2 cubes per set, but I've added the number placement to my post so you can see how I did it!

CJ--I also added the dimensions of the wood to my post!

January 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...


Can you tell me the size of the bottom block? This is adorable. I want to make one for my MIL's classroom.

February 15, 2011 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

Love it! Have you ever done and three block countdown? I am trying to figure out how to count down from 100 but have no idea where to place the numbers. Can you help?

March 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Where do you get your wood blocks? At a craft store or do you buy wood posts at home depot or lowes and cut it down?

April 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Afolake said...

I just found your blog and have already been so inspired by it! I would love it you could check out my post on the calendar blocks that I made.


July 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger The Dixons said...

Very cute! You could even put a small metal piece where the month goes, then make the months magnetic. Then they will last a little longer.

September 27, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

this is so creative and cute! thanks for sharing the how to's!

December 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger The Faris Fam said...

This is so cute!!! Where did you get the stickers for the numbers?

May 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger gyen said...

I spent like 15 minutes just looking at the pictures trying to figure out how to get the numbers to work out with just two blocks. I talked it over with my kids (who have turned it into a logic problem!) and then read the post. I'm so glad you gave the answer right in the post because I don't think I'm smart enough for this problem, lol!

July 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM  
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August 13, 2012 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger The beginning of the Homeschooling Journey said...

I have a silly question, but what do you use the countdown blocks for? Do you just start at the end of the month like 31 above August and then countdown backwards? I was just thinking of using it as a calendar to change daily showing what the actual date is, but now I am intrigued! :)

August 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Notty Norma said...

Could you tell me which font you used? Its awesome gonna try top make it

March 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Notty Norma said...

Could you tell me which font you used? Its awesome gonna try top make it

March 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM  

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