Ginger Snap Crafts: Chalkboard Countdown {tutorial} #SilhouetteChallenge

Chalkboard Countdown {tutorial} #SilhouetteChallenge

Hello! It’s been a few months since I’ve been able to participate in a Silhouette Challenge! It’s been a little bit crazy around here! ;) So I am super excited to jump in this month’s challenge ~ DIY Gifts! So make sure you scroll down to find tons more gift ideas from my amazing blogging friends. For my DIY gift I decided to share what we gave all of our neighbors last year. I didn’t have time to blog about it back then! ha! ;) This Chalkboard Countdown is so, so easy to make! You can make a bunch of these fast & quick & for not a lot of money. So keep reading to see how I did it. :)

DIY Chalkboard Countdown tutorial from 


You’ll need a few supplies to get started:
wood plaque (I found this one at Hobby Lobby for $2.99!)
chalkboard paint
foam brush
vinyl lettering
sawtooth hanger & hammer

First you will give your wood plaque a couple of coats of the chalkboard paint. Let it dry completely. Then apply your vinyl lettering. :) I just used one of my favorite fonts & my Silhouette to make my vinyl decal!

chalkboard countdown project

Let your chalkboard cure (or dry) for 3 days. Then rub the entire surface with chalk, & then erase. This conditions your chalkboard & makes it ready to use.

prepping chalkboard surface

Finally you’ll attach a sawtooth hanger to the back with a hammer. All done! Easy peasy! :) When giving as a gift include a couple of pieces of chalk in a cute fabric bag tied with twine.

Christmas craft


Now check out some more DIY gift ideas from my Silhouette blogging buddies. :)

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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DIY Chalkboard Countdown tutorial from

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This post was created for Ginger Snap Crafts by Ginger Bowie.


  1. This is soooo cute! Pinning and doing. ha :)

  2. Super cute projectHope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    ! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Great idea to countdown to....well anything :)

  4. Love this idea and it's not just for Christmas! Pinning to make one of my own!

  5. Wow! I did a similar Chalkboard Christmas countdown project last year. But I used a black poster board and since I don't have a silhouette, I used my old Slice cutting machine. So nice to see similarity in my limited craftiness and the creations of my favorite bloggers. I should do this countdown this year. Thanks for all the inspiration I get from your blog, Ginger.

    Just in case anyone is curious of what I did... here is the link.

  6. Of course I love it! I love the simplicity, yet it turned out amazing. Good job!

  7. This is so cute! I know this would help add to all the excitement of the Christmas countdown.

  8. Ginger,
    Your Countdown to Christmas is so darn adorable. I will be making a few of these to share with little ones. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity. Your blog design is darling too.
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & LilyPads

  9. The scoreboard you made was very nice. You are so handsome.
    run 3 online


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