How to Make a Christmas Countdown Calendar

Counting down the number of sleeps until Christmas is just one of the things that makes the time of year so magical! Make a Christmas countdown calendar using your favourite coloured cardstock and patterned festive papers perfect for little ones and grown ups alike!

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make

1. The Countdown Calendar is made of three pieces: two cubes which display the number of days until Christmas and a stand. Start by making the cubes by creating identical nets. Each of these cubes is 2 ½ x 2 ½ inches and are created from the green nets.


Top tip: To create the nets, I found it easiest to take a piece of 12 x 12″ cardstock and score across at 2 ½ inch intervals. Then, rotate the card 90 degrees, and score again at 2 ½ inch intervals. Cut along the score lines to create a net, creating tabs as you go. These tabs will help you to assemble the cube.


2. Next, cut pieces of patterned paper to 2 ¼ inch square. You will need 12 squares to cover the sides of both cubes. I chose to use three different patterns of paper, cutting four squares from each. Use double-sided tape or tacky glue to add the squares to the faces of your cubes.

3. To assemble the base, you will need to create a flatter, rectangular box. To create this, I took a piece of 12 x 12″ cardstock and scored across at ½ inch, 2 inches, 7 ¼ inches, 8 ¾ inches, ad 9 ¼ inches. Then, rotate the card 90 degrees and score at 3 inches, 4 ½ inches, 7 ½ inches, 9 inches and 10 inches.

It should look like the red net pictured below.

4. Once you’ve assembled your base, you need to create the back of your calendar. Take a piece of 5 ¼ x 9 inch cardstock and score at 3 inches. Glue the 3 inch section of the cardstock to the underside of your base.

5. You are now ready to bring your calendar to life with numbers and a title. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut mine, but you could use Dies », Pre-made Embellishments », or even draw or fussy-cut them yourself! Cube one should contain the numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and cube two should have the numbers 0, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8.

Top Tip: When selecting a font or dies, choose one in which the 6 could also be used as a 9.

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