DIY Vacation Countdown Blocks

I promised I would blog yesterday, then ran out of time. As Mary Poppins would say, “that’s a pie crust promise: easily made, easily broken.”

But I have a great blog for you today, especially for my fellow Disney nuts! I’m going to show you how EASY it is to make these fun countdown blocks for your next vacation! (And you don’t have to make them “Disney” either. You can make it a countdown for whatever you’d like.)
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If you are a DIYer at all, you probably have some scrap wood lying around your house or garage, and crafty people always have acrylic paint and brushes!

What You’ll Need:

– Wood (can be 2×2″ or 2×4″, or really whatever size you want; I used 2×2″)
– Acrylic Paint
– Paintbrushes
– Cricut and adhesive vinyl (If you don’t have a Cricut, I will give you other options below, but I highly recommend getting one of these machines. They are AMAZING, especially the new Explore one!)

Directions:

Step 1 – Paint your blocks. Let dry for an hour.

Step 2 – Add any paint detail. I wanted to add yellow around the small blocks, to look like toy blocks. At first I used cardstock so I would get a straight, even line, but then I started using a firm, flat-edge brush and did it free-hand.

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IMG_9104Step 3 – Use your Cricut to cut out the numbers/letters/designs on adhesive vinyl. (I like to use permanent adhesive so that I don’t have to use any glue.)

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Step 4 – Attach your vinyl to the blocks. Here’s a little trick to getting vinyl onto your projects without messing up the spacing or alignment: Scotch Low Tack Painter’s Tape (or Scotch Removable Tape works well, too, and is actually clear so you can see through even better).

Place the tape on the vinyl cut-outs, and use your fingernail to peel them onto the tape. Line the tape up on your project, then when you have the designs set where you want, push down firmly on the vinyl. The tape will come right off without pulling the vinyl!
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If you don’t have a Cricut, you can use a permanent marker, stencil paint, or even print on paper and Mod Podge lettering/designs onto the wood. There are a lot of ways to get creative with this blocks!

Voila! You’re done! My kids were so excited when they came downstairs the day after doing this. A very fun way to countdown to anything! (We will add “Vacation” on the backside of the bottom block, so we can use these for all of our non-Disney trips, too.)

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