September 14, 2011

Birthday Countdown Stand

My "baby" will be turning six later this month!  She's super excited, I'm finding it hard to believe.  A couple months ago, I came across this cute Flip Recipe Organizer at Positively Splendid.  I'm not nearly organized enough to keep all my recipes together, but I thought the concept was perfect for a countdown.  I followed Amy's great tutorial and it came together really quickly.

 Our new Birthday Countdown Stand was an easy little project (and I got to use a power tool!), my daughter LOVES it, and I no longer have to answer "How many days till my birthday?" multiple times a day.  

Here's what you'll need:

* acrylic picture frame/sign stand (mine was 5x7")
* decorative papers and/or embellishments
* two 1" binder rings
* drill with a 1/8" bit
* painters' tape or masking tape

Here's what to do:

1.  Measure where you want your ring clips to be at the top of your frame.  I made mine about 3/4" down and in 1 3/4" in from the sides.  Place a piece of painters' tape or masking tape over that part of your frame (to prevent cracking when you drill) and drill two holes using the 1/8" bit.

I only had really narrow tape on hand, but it worked just fine.

 2.  Gather your decorative papers and embellishments.  I just used some of the tons of patterned paper I have left over from my short-lived scrapbooking days and printed up the words and numbers on my computer.

3.  Cut your main pieces to 5x7" and then assemble your pieces.  Punch two holes at the top to correspond to the holes in the frame for the ring clips.  Slide your completed design into the frame.  (Mine's nothing fancy, but I wanted to finish before my daughter came home from school to surprise her. )

4.  Make your number cards for the countdown.  Because we'll only be using this for a couple weeks, I didn't laminate them.  However, if you're making a countdown stand that will be getting a lot of use, laminating for durability might be a good idea.

5.  Attach your number cards in reverse order using the binder rings and you're ready to countdown.

I know this Countdown Stand will continue to be used for all my kids' birthdays and special occasions.  It'll be super easy to swap out the design and whip up some new number cards ~ expect to see a Halloween one soon! ;)

Sharing our countdown at:
Junkie handmade projects


  1. Such a cute idea! Btw my baby turned 6 this month too. We had a Paris party.

  2. Love spreading out birthday fun! Just pinned it to Pinterest :-)

  3. Super cute! I will totally do this when my girls get older :)

  4. Found you on Happy Hour Freestyle Friday, loving this post! I'm a new follower, stop by and say Hi if you get a chance

  5. What a cute idea, I didn't even know they made plastic signs like that. I love how their stands work and really clever to drill holes to make it work as a countdown.

  6. I love that you can use this again and again- a nice tradition. My son's birthday is in a week I will rustle something up like this for him (albeit simpler considering the time frame). Thanks for the idea. Lynda

  7. Laura, This is such a cute idea! I'll have to do this for my kids! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to pin it on my Pinterest!

    Jacque :)

  8. I can't wait to make one!!! Lucky for me I have over a year - my sons birthday is in 2 days! ;) Adorable idea!

    Your newest follower,

  9. What a cute ideas! Countdowns are so fun! Thanks for sharing at Skip to my Lou link party!

  10. Such a great idea! I know as a kid I always found it so exciting to countdown to anything.

  11. Very cute and it is something you could use year after year! Thank you for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

  12. Oh this is awesome! I might use this same idea to make a Halloween countdown. We love a good countdown in this house. Lol! I would love it if you'd stop by my blog to say hi! Today I'm featuring an Autumn leaf craft that's fun for toddlers and big kids alike! You can also check out our Halloween Book Basket. Hope you're having an awesome day!

    Mandi at BBM

  13. Way cool. We love birthday's around here.

    Thanks for linking up and I am sharing on Facebook !

  14. I loved this idea so much that I made a countdown for our library using a larger stand.

    1. Where can I find the instructions to make one for the library count down

  15. Oh, that is just awesome! (and I love the Shel Silverstein poem you added to it!!)

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