Countdown To Halloween

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This countdown to Halloween sign is one of my most favourite crafts I have made so far this year for Halloween.

While out shopping one day I saw a Halloween countdown sign that had an owl on it and I fell in love, I actually picked it up prepared to purchase it. After walking around the store for a few minutes I looked down at the sign in my hand and said to myself “I can make this”. So I put the sign back and hopped in the car and headed to Michaels.

Supplies needed for this project:

1 12×12 piece of MDF

1 12×12 sheet of decorative scrapbook paper

1 12×12 sheet of Kraft cardstock

2 sheets of black cardstock, 8×10 or larger (if using cutting machine)

Number embellishments & stickers (if not using cutting machine)

Black ink pad

Triangle sponge

Spray Adhesive

2 mini hook screws

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So here I have my 12×12 piece of MDF. I painted it black  everywhere but the middle since the scrapbook paper will cover that part there was no need to waste the paint!

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While I was waiting for the paint to dry I cut out my tags on Kraft cardstock using my Silhouette.

I also cut out the numbers I would need on black cardstock, I used the font Saddlebag – download here.

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I distressed the edges of the tags using a triangle sponge with black ink on it. Simply rub gently along the edges to get the desired effect.

Then I sprayed the MDF with spray Adhesive and laid my decorative scrapbook paper on top, pressing down and smoothing out so there were no bubbles.

I also found an owl in the Silhouette shop and cut it out as well in black cardstock. I sized my owl to fit perfectly between the scroll design that was on my decorative scrapbook paper.

For the words “Countdown to Halloween” I used the Pottery Barn font – download here. These letters were also cut with my Silhouette machine.

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I purchased the little brass hook screws at Michaels and screwed them in by hand, MDF is very soft.

I distressed the entire sign just a little with the triangle sponge and black ink. The owl I filled in with the black ink, again using the sponge, just to make it a little more solid.

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This is how it looks on my shelf in the dining room.

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Later this week I’ll share with you how I made the decorative October 31st plate!

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  1. Love it!! Not spooky at all!! And goes with your decor beautifully!!
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  2. This is really cool! I love it so much – I’m going to pin it right now!

    I would love it if you would consider sharing it at my first ever linky party…
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  3. This is flippin’ adorable!! I love it and hope I have the skills to make one :) Pinning! Awesome job :)
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  4. Such a cute idea! Love it! Over from Mom’s Monday Mingle and glad to be here. Linked up to your party and excited to explore more! Now following via Linky Followers :) Have a wonderful week.

  5. This is a great idea! I was at Home Goods today and saw something similar for $14.99. I already have everything I need to make this and have a Cricut cartridge with owls that I can use! Thanks for sharing – it is so much easier to copy someone else’s great idea than to have to come up with it on your own!

  6. I love this idea. I think the owl totally makes it!
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  7. This is super cute!
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  8. Love the idea of counting down to Halloween. It looks great!

  9. So cute! We get more excited for Halloween than even Christmas, I think! This is adorable!
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  10. Cute! I’m glad it’s not very many more days until Halloween.
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  11. I just have to tell you how much I love this project. I saw it on my newsfeed on FB yesterday and fell in love. Thanks for linking up

  12. Adorable! Pinning this:)
    The shelf looks great with all the halloween decor:)

  13. Sarah! I absolutely love this! I’m gonna have to make one of these myself. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up at Mixer Monday!
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  14. Sooo Cute!! I’m loving owls!!
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  15. I can see why that is your favorite! I love it! I really love that you didn’t by the one in the store and made your own.
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  16. This is AWESOME!! You’ve inspired me once again. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I soooo LOVE this!! You did an amazing job on it! I definitely need to make one of these for my kids! I’m counting down the days till my birthday when I get a Silhouette!
    I would love for you to share this at my linky party at!
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  18. I love this! and I am totally obsessed with the topiaries on your table as well. I love what a little greenage does to a space! You have a truly beautiful home.

  19. Sarah, I want to be you when I grow up!! Everything you do is super cute!!! This sign is precious! Thanks so much for sharing your talents at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  20. This advent Halloween calendar is AWESOME! I LOVE it!

    I am celebrating my blogiversary and have giveaways going on (today is cutting edge stencils. I also had one start on Sun and one on Mon and I have another one tomorrow and Thurs). I’d love for you to stop by and visit…and perhaps enter to WIN! :)

    Have a wonderful day!


  21. Adorable!! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  22. Love it! Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

  23. We don’t celebrate Halloween here, but I love love love this.

    You did a fantastic job.

    Thanks for linking up with And Sew We Craft together.

    Amy x
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  24. OMG too cute! I love the owl, and I love the font! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!
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  25. Wow, super cute project! Stopping by from Earning-My-Cape’s linky party.
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  26. What a great project. I love the finished product!
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  27. Fun & just spooky enough!

  28. Love this, the tutorial is great. I will be passing this on to my daughter. She will want to make this with our grandchildren. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop my friend xo
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  29. This is great, I think I might adapt the concept for a Christmas count down!
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  30. Very cute!

  31. So cute! I love the owl!

  32. So cute, great job! Thank you for linking up to our Pretty Things Party! Hope you’ll be back next week!
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  33. What a fun idea!
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  34. Thank you so much for linking up to the party. I am featuring you tomorrow…♥

  35. oh my
    is this one cute
    countdown craft

    so happy you shared
    at Fridays Unfolded!


  36. I love countdown boards! and this is ONE of my FAV”S!!!
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  37. Sarah,
    Love it! I can’t wait to try this at home. All of our holiday countdown calendars are getting pretty shabby. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. Have a great weekend.

  38. Your sign looks so great – looks like something you could buy in the store for sure. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime! Pinning this!
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  39. What a cute sign! ♥ it! :)
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  40. So cute! I love your owl! It looks great up on your shelf. Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I am always a huge fan of your projects! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow and pinned it to my board. Enjoy your sunday!
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  41. So cute — yes, you CAN make it and probably even cuter than the one that inspired it! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday.
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  42. I really like the countdown Sarah. How fun would this be for kids? Love the font you used! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
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  43. This is so adorable Sarah!! thanks for linking up!!

  44. Such a clever idea. I would imagine a lot of readers will be adding your photo to their Pinterest boards. :D Thanks for sharing your creative post on BeColorful this week.
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  45. Just wanted to let you know this will be part of my link party wrap up and features post tomorrow!
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  46. Wow this turned out adorable!! I love it! I need a Silhouette! Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with Tori:)

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  47. Thanks so much for sharing this creative idea on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love the advent halloween countdown sign! Just perfect.

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  48. Love your Halloween countdown! The little owl on it is perfect! Thanks for sharing at Gettin’ Krafty!
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  49. your little countdown calendar turned out sooo cute! I love the tags you used for the numbers.

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  50. Love this idea! You are so awesome :) Thanks for joining us at the Keep Calm & Link Up party this week – see you again soon for the next one!
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  51. That sure does look like a store bought sign! Excellent work! I searched for ‘halloween countdowns” on Pinterest and yours is one of my favorites! So glad you shared at Show & Share, featuring this tomorrow!
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  52. I love this project!! I need to make one for my boys. Thanx for partying at my place Sarah!
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  53. I Love this countdown! It turned out so cute. You did an awesome job. I am going to feature this tonight at the link party!!

  54. Just fabulous Sarah! I’m glad you pick that sign back and made your own so we could all see :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!
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  55. Love it! I am featuring you yet again!
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  56. I love this so much that I featured it on my Halloween Pinterest Picks –

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome Halloween Countdown!
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  58. Oh my goodness. That sweet little owl!! This is adorable with the little numbers too!

  59. Hi Sarah,
    This is a really cute project. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
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  60. I think this is such a wonderful idea. Cute and educational for the kiddo. Glad I found you. I liked it so much I even “pinned” it to my Halloween board.

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