Countdown Sign

I am one of those people that is very enthusiastic about counting down to upcoming events. Everything from Christmas to vacations to a festival that I want to go to. So hyped up sometimes that the thought of it makes it hard for me to sleep! Most of the supplies for the sign came out of heartache from a different project. I am happy to report back that there are no bad feelings about how this DIY sign turned out though. Let the countdown to Ireland begin (I wish it was at 00)!


  • Wooden Sign (5” x 14”)
  • 18 Rectangular Wood Pieces (2 1/2” x 1 1/2″)
  • 1 Rectangular Wood Piece (4” x 6”)
  • CraftSmart Satin Finish Paint: Black
  • CraftSmart Chalk Finish Paint: Black, Tan
  • 2 1/2” Number Stickers
  • Gunmetal Clips
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Silver Glitter
  • Chalk


Begin by painting all of the wooden pieces as such; Sign: Satin Finish Black, 18 Rectangular Pieces: Chalk Finish Tan, 1 Rectangular Piece: Chalk Finish Black. Wait for pieces to dry entirely before proceeding.

Place the numbers onto the front of each tan wood piece.

To add dimension to the chalk portion of the sign, I applied glitter to the edges of the rectangular piece. I used the black paint as my “glue”.

To create a point of reference for where the clips will go, test out locations on the sign (Pro tip: In order to make sure the clips are lined up, use a long ruler that can sit flush against the side of the wood). When you are content with the placement, use the glue gun to carefully glue the clips to the main sign.

To finish your project, use chalk to write the event you are counting down to on the larger rectangular piece and clip to the sign.  Then clip the corresponding numbered pieces to the other two clips.

Hang on a wall and begin the countdown!


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