Christmas Countdown Magnet Calendar

It’s about time I make a Christmas countdown calendar for my kiddos since my oldest is pushing 10!  I love all the fun advents out there but since we travel to Utah for the holidays, it would be difficult to transport.  And anyway, AZ is so hot…the chocolate ones would be eaten by me melt anyway (; This Christmas Countdown Magnet Calendar will be perfect to pack in our luggage as we enjoy a white Christmas this year.

To make your own, you need just a few supplies and access to vinyl lettering.


  • 12 x 12 wood or MDF, router the edges
  • 10 x 10 bead board
  • 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 sheet metal
  • vinyl lettering
  • hot glue


  1. Gather supplies, cut vinyl lettering
  2. Paint edge of wood turquoise.
  3. Hot glue bead board onto wood.
  4. Apply vinyl lettering in layers.
  5. Use 3 colors, apply the numbers last to ensure it’s lined up.
  6. Hot glue an ornament, finial, etc onto a magnet. Done!

Pretty darn easy, right? This would be really cost effective to make with a group of friends as you can buy the wood in bulk at Home Depot and cut it down.  They do sell plaques at craft stores if you want to go that route.  I paid $5 for all my supplies BUT that’s a smokin deal since our church had a craft night and I bought the leftover supplies at cost.

I love it how it matches my silver and blue decor but more importantly, my kids love it!

Come back tomorrow to check out our roundup of 30 DIY Christmas Advent Calendars!

And be sure to check out all our Christmas tutorials and yummy desserts too!

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  1. Kelli, this is super pretty. I think I’d use it to count down to just about any event I was looking forward to! Thanks for sharing. I found you from Lil Luna.

    1. Thanks so much, Jelli! You could definitely make it more holiday neutral with more basic colors (:

  2. I saw this in your house today while you were off with mom. I LOVE, I WANT, I NEED! You should see these as kits on Thursday!

    I tried calling you half an hour ago. Call me back!

  3. I love this! I have all these supplies on hand so I will be making one of these. Thanks for the great tutorial. 🙂


  4. Love it! I will be saving this for next year since I already made a Christmas Tree Cones advent calendar with goodies in the trees.

  5. Very pretty I love the bead board – I may have a slight obsession with it! I have the same issue with Chocolate, it’s Summer here and we have already had 105F days, it makes me wonder why they still keep making the chocolate ones.

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