Countdown to Halloween!

As I've said a gazillion times, fall is my favorite!!  I especially LOVE October... my birthday is in October {two weeks from today, actually!} and Halloween, too!!  I've already started decorating my house for Halloween.  Too soon? ;)

This year, I added a special new item to my Halloween decor:  a countdown calendar!  It just might be my favorite decoration, yet!
On Friday night, I got together with my mom-in-law and sister-in-law for a little craft night.  We were inspired by this pin, and went to JoAnn's to pick up our supplies.  We headed back to my house and got our craft on!

If you want to make your own countdown calendar, this is what you'll need:
*cookie sheet
*calendar counting back from 30 {I quickly made one in Word}
*3 pieces of coordinating 12x12" scrapbook paper
*various Halloween stickers
*mini magnets
*Mod-Podge

I wish I took picture of the steps, but it completely slipped my mind!  Basically, I mod-podged the colorful scrapbook paper {cut to size} onto the cookie sheet, and then added the countdown calendar on top:
I also added some stickers {the October 31st strip, and Happy Halloween} along the top and bottom.  The spiders are sticker-magnets, so I can move them around!

Once all your paper is mod-podged to the cookie sheet, you'll need to choose 30 different Halloween stickers to use to cover the calendar:
I won't lie, using the stickers from the craft store can get expensive!  It cost me abot $30 for all of my supplies.  I think the end result was totally worth the cost, though!  You could probably print Halloween shapes onto cardstock for the same effect {and for less money}.  Anywho, when you have all your shapes ready, pop a mini magnet on the back:
Since I used stickers, there was an extra step involved:  some of the stickers were sticky all over, so I had to back them with scrapbook paper, cut them out, and then put the magnet on.  Others only had a small foam sticky on the back, which was easily covered by the magnet.  When all of your shapes are magnetized, place them over the numbers on the calendar, and you're all done!!

Now I have the cutest {in my opinion} countdown calendar ever!!  On October 1st, I will remove the first magnet to reveal the number "30," and I'll keep counting down from there:
Here is a picture of all three of our countdown calendars:
I just love how they turned out!!  We plan on making another set for Christmas ;)  And maybe even a countdown to summer vacation!!  Seriously, they are THAT cute!  What do you think!?

23 comments

Vera said...

OMG! Those are super cute! Happy early birthday!

Vera
abltadventure@gmail.com
A BLT adventure

Lovely Nina said...

This is adorbs!!! You are so crafty!!!

Lovely Nina said...

This is adorbs!!! You are so crafty!!!

Susan Moran said...

Happy early birthday Teri!!!

I love this idea - it came out great!

Susan
T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

Michelle Griffo said...

I am dying! SO adorable!

Michelle
Apples and ABC's

Rachel Seymour said...

Such a cute idea! You are so creative!! :)

Rachel
A-B-Seymour

Chrissy said...

Super, super cute! I love the apple labeling activity too.
Chrissy
First Grade Found Me

Lili Garcia said...

Love it, you always made the cutest things :)

Kristen said...

I think they are beyond adorable!!

Annie Moffatt said...

You are just WAY too CUTE!

Across the Hall said...

Very, very cute! What a good use for all those adorable 3D stickers I'm always seeing. Target has the best!

Halle
Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

Beki Moore said...

So cute! I think you did an excellent job on them! :)

Mrs. Wheeler said...

Fun!!!! Happy early bday!


Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
Mrs. Wheeler TpT

Ash said...

Oh my goodness I love them! I want to run right to Michaels now and get craftin! Thanks for sharing!

Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

Lisa R. said...

That came out awesome!! I didn't know you are a fellow Libra. My birthday is 2 weeks from Wednesday! Happy early bday!! :)
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Kelley Dolling said...

Great idea . . . my kidlets have been talking about their costumes since September hit :) October is my fave too!!! We just made my annual birthday trip plans. Classy Reno, NV . . . here we come. Hugs friend.

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

Stephanie said...

Halloween is my FAVORITE!! Your sticker splurges are totally worth it, this came out fantastic!

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Stephanie Livers said...

Thank you! I wanted to make a count down calendar for Halloween but couldn't wrap my brain around how to get started! Thank you again!

Courtney said...

That is so cute! It's almost my birthday so I am partial to October too. Mine is October 3rd so our birthdays are really close together.

Swimming into Second

Jessica said...

I love it! I have already decorated my house for Halloween. I love this time of the year!

Jessica
Learn, Play & Have Fun

Ms. Jenn said...

They came out fabulous even if I do say so myself! ;)

KinderKapers said...

I fell in LOVE with these! I was able to find "buttons" and scrapbooking stickers at Walmart for only 8 dollars. Thanks for sharing the plan! I am letting my kinders take a magnet each day.

Terri Izatt
KinderKapers

lbeardslee said...

In the future, if you are going to put a magnet on the back of a sticker and you don't want the rest to be sticky, just sprinkle a little baby powder or cornstarch on it and it won't be sticky anymore! :)This should save you tons of time!

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