Christmas Countdown DIY
Make this Easy DIY Christmas Countdown with an old window Pane turned dry erase board in just a few simple steps! Perfect way to keep the littles at bay from asking “how many days until christmas” aND, it doubles as a holiday decoration!
DIY Dry Erase Christmas Countdown
Several years ago we shared 30 Advent Calendars to make and somehow, we’ve yet to make one ourselves, ha! Maybe because they require work or maybe because we’d sneak the candy before our kids got the chance which would result in tears? Instead, we’re actually excited about this easy to make Dry Erase Christmas Countdown using an old window pane! Today’s post is part of a fun collaboration with 30+ other creative bloggers sharing their own DIY Christmas/holiday ideas with you so be sure to scroll to the end to see those beauties!
I scored this vintage window pane years ago and it’s been sitting in my bedroom for years, untouched. I’ve had the cute boxwood wreath hanging from it, just collecting dust. I spied this cute chalkboard Christmas countdown and discovered the original blog had expired so there was no tutorial. I was going to recreate the look on my own giant chalkboard on my porch that I use seasonally but remembered this window pane and am so glad I did! Dry erase is so much easier to write on than chalkboards! If you make a mistake, which I’m an expert at, you can simply erase and re-write. With chalkboards, you have to get it wet, re-chalk it, wait for it to dry then start again. I think we’ll all be seeing a lot more of this old window throughout the seasons! Please PIN so your friend’s can make this too!
But first… check out MORE of our Christmas DIY’s ❤️?
- DIY Bottle Brush Tree Wreaths
- DIY Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Sign with 3D Tree
- DIY White Pom Pom Garland
- DIY Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas
- Front Porch Christmas Decor
Supplies to Make a DIY Dry Erase Christmas Countdown
Okay, moving on! I know you may be thinking, “Where the heck do I get an old window pane?!” If your local antique or thrift stores don’t have one, head to the picture frame department of said thrift store (Deseret Industries, Goodwill, Savers, etc.) and get the largest picture frame (WITH GLASS) you can and simply remove the art to display the glass. Voila! Instant window pane knock off. 😉
- Old window frame (*decorative dry erase board linked)
- Dry Erase Markers
- Boxwood Wreath (*sized according to your frame, mine is 8″)
- Tack or Push Pin (I used 3/8″ thumbtacks)
- 1″ Nail (optional)
- Ornaments x2 (optional)
Steps to Make a DIY Dry Erase Christmas Countdown
Really, this can be done in under 5 minutes!
- Tie ribbon around wreath and leave a 6″ piece of ribbon free.
- Push a tack through the end of the ribbon (centered) into the BACKSIDE of the window frame to secure wreath (as pictured.)
- Hammer nail into the side of the window, hang ornaments (optional.)
- Write “DAYS TILL” in dry-erase marker until wreath, then a line of “1-5,” “6-10” and etc. until you get to the 5th line, then write “21-24” and lastly, 25 underneath it all. I had a gap so I added a doodle of a star. Be creative!
- Lastly, start marking off the days until Christmas!
Tips to Make a DIY Dry Erase Christmas Countdown
If you mess up writing on the dry erase window pane, simply erase and start again. Note: a slightly (BARELY wet) paper towel doesn’t leave the build up marker like a dry paper towel does. (A finger works best and wipe it on a paper towel, IMO, ha!) An alternative to the wreath is a faux pine branch (similar to our photo hoop art).
Or, you can sub the wreath completely for a star, antlers, elf or Santa hat, or anything else you have in your Christmas decorations box you think would look good on the top of your own Dry Erase Christmas Countdown. We added the nail with ornaments and love the extra touch!
Here are other items we used to spruce up our Christmas entryway:
- Gray End Table (similar linked)
- Evergreen Trees (2 for $10!)
- Buffalo Check Throw
- Farmhouse Basket (similar linked)
- Buffalo Check Planter Basket (similar linked)
- Vintage Scale (similar linked)
- Merry Christmas Wood Sign
- Old Truck (similar linked)
- Vintage Sled (similar linked)
Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series!
Be sure to take a look at all of this Christmas goodness, wow! We’ve paired up with our cute friend Krista of the Happy Housie to share over 30 DIY’s sure to get you in the mood for everyone’s fave holiday! From wreaths to a Flocked Tree tutorial to DIY Bottle Brush Trees and a Christmas Potpourri how-to… CHECK IT OUT BELOW! ❤️?
How to Flock a Christmas Tree at The Happy Housie
DIY Asymmetrical Wreath at Rooms FOR Rent
DIY Christmas Countdown at Lolly Jane (us!!)
Christmas Gingerbread Cookie Wreath at Sincerely Marie, Designs
Clock turned Holiday Shadow Box at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
How to Make a Fleece Cone Christmas Tree at Happy Happy Nester
How to Make a Holiday Scrabble Letter Board at Tatertots & Jello
Simple & Natural Wire Hanger Christmas Wreath at Jenna Kate at Home
Kringle’s Cookie Co Christmas Kitchen Sign at Tauni Everett
Easy Advent Countdown Calendar at Jamie Costiglio
French Country Christmas Wreath Printables at Designthusiasm
Copper And Gold Mason Jars DIY at Shabbyfufu
DIY Christmas Crackers at So Much Better With Age
Star Christmas Tree Garland at On Sutton Place
Easy Fringe Napkins for Your Holiday Table at Satori Design for Living
DIY Real Christmas Wreath at Clean and Scentsible
Birch Candle Holders at Finding Silver Pennies
Homemade Dry Holiday Potpourri at TIDBITS
Modern Traditional Christmas Countdown Calendar at Rambling Renovators
Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreaths at Town and Country Living
Quick & Easy Floating Candles for Your Christmas Centerpiece at Home.Made.Lovely
Glass Filled Ornaments at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Ombré Bottle Brush Tree DIY at Modern Glam
Modern Boho Christmas Wreath at Life is a Party
How To Easily Make A DIY Eucalyptus Wreath at Inspiration for Moms
String Art Christmas Stocking Holders at The Turquoise Home
DIY Holiday Pennant- Two Ways at Lemon Thistle
Vintage Christmas Bell Garland at Willow Street Interiors
DIY Modern Christmas Sign at Love Create Celebrate
Easy DriftWood Macrame Christmas Wreath at Place of My Taste
Table Top or Mantel Christmas Tree Made Using Boxes at In My Own Style
Natural Wood Plate Charger Wreath at Taryn Whiteaker
I love this idea and your set up is so adorable. This makes me want to start counting the days down for Christmas.
Such a fun and simple idea, my kids would love it. Such a beautiful setting too.D
Thanks Dannyelle, my kids are definitely having fun crossing off the days until Thanksgiving for now until they can swap it to Christmas (:
This absolutely adorable! I countdown board is so unique, love this entire vignette!
You two are so clever! I have an art table that has glass on it and my kiddos friends come over and draw all over it. Glass is so cool to write on! Love your countdown and the wreath and window are so lovely!
What a cute idea! I love it!
so much fun! i love this idea! now if only my handwriting was as good as yours…
This is amazing! Love it!! Why didn’t I think of it?
I love this idea and the whole vignette is so pretty!!
I love it. So easy. Thank you for sharing and being a part of the blog hop!
Perfection! I love the clear glass look with the white marker, so smart. Pinning.
This is super cute!!!
So simple, but just perfect! It helps that you have beautiful penmanship! XO
SO beautiful!! I pinned it. The whole layout is gorgeous!