DIY Christmas Countdown Letterboard Wood Sign

Welcome back to the 2nd week of the Deck The Home Blog Hop! This week the focus is on DIY wood projects. No, you don't need to drag your power tools out...unless you want to! I kept my project very simple, you'll only need a hot glue gun!

I decided to up-cycle an old wood TV tray table that I have been tripping over for years in the garage. You can make this with fence boards or plywood sheets too, if you don't also have an old TV tray cluttering your garage. (And if you do, let me know and we can be DIY-besties OK?)

Read on for all the details! 

Christmas Countdown Letterboard Next to a Mini Christmas Tree

DIY Christmas Countdown Letterboard Wood Sign

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I kind of have a thing for Christmas Countdowns and Advent Calendars. Somehow the countdowns that I've had over the years have been lost or broken, and I realized last year that I didn't have one. I ran out of time to make a countdown for last Christmas, but I'm ahead of the game this year! The best part is that this project uses stuff you probably already have in your craft stash.

25 Days Till Christmas Letterboard

You Will Need...

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- Fence Boards, Plywood, an old TV tray (Scout the thrift stores! You'll probably find one there!)
- Chalkboard Paint
- Scrabble Game Tile Holders (Again, check the thrift stores!)

- Cricut
- Laminator

Old Wood TV TrayTable from Ikea


- If you are using an old TV tray table, you'll need to take the legs off the tray/table top. Mine was very easy to remove with a screwdriver.

- Apply a couple of coats of the chalkboard paint and set aside to dry. If you don't have chalkboard paint, any paint will work. You can either glue the tile holders on to the board before you paint or after. I chose to glue after so it was easier to paint the board.

Painting the TV Tray Tabletop With Chalkboard Paint

Gluing the Scrabble Tile Holders to the Wood Letterboard

For the countdown numbers...

- You can simply print them out and cut, or you can use your Cricut to cut the numbers. I used the Cricut Design Space and cut my letters/numbers at about 3 inches "tall".

- After the numbers are cut, use laminating pouches to make little "flash cards" of the numbers. If you don't have a thermal laminator, you can buy these handy little pouches.

Cricut Machine Cutting Out Letters and Numbers

25 Days Till Countdown Letterboard Sign

So how's that for a simple Christmas Countdown DIY? To hang the sign, I used picture hanging hardware since the board I used was actually kind of heavy.

I love that I can use this after Christmas too!

Letterboard Christmas Countdown Sign

Christmas Letterboard Wood Sign with Twinkle Lights

P I N  I T ! 

DIY Letterboard Christmas Countdown Wood Sign

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  1. How awesome! I'm sure there is a lot of things you can craft with those tools.

  2. Oh my goodness! I can't believe how many details you have for your tutorial. It is perfection!
    It's so fun to be on this blog hop with you.
    I hope you have a lovely week.

  3. Ohhh that's such a great take on letterboards!!! I love the DIY!

  4. this is such a beautiful letterboard you made! you can totally use it for other holidays too

  5. I absolutely love letterboards and yours is so cute! I love how it turned out with the large letters!