by Lora Green, Contributing Writer
Do you have any vacation plans this summer? We are going to Disney World (yay!) because my daughter will be just below the 3-year-old mark and still free (double yay!).
It's not a trip we take every year. In fact, it's been 4 years since we last went to Disney. So needless to say, we like to make it a special event. This year, we are kicking off the anticipation with a Disney Countdown Calendar.
Is Disney on your calendar in the future? If so, you'll love this simple and stylish countdown calendar to hang on the walls.
DIY Disney Countdown Calendar
2 12 x 12 Cork Tiles
White and Black Craft Paint
Foam Paint Brushes
Salad Plate and Cup
4 Push pins
Numbers 1-9 Printable
Printer and Ink
Paper Trimmer (or Scissors)
2 Cup Hooks
Paint a 12 x 12 cork tile with a foam brush and white paint.
Once the white paint is dry, use a salad plate and cup to mark out — in pencil — Mickey's head and ears. Next, fill in the pencil marks with black paint, using another foam brush.
Stack a second 12 x 12 cork tile underneath the first tile, and attach them with a decorative pushpin in each corner. After this step, I added a coat of black paint around the edges.
While the paint is drying, cut out the date tags. Print two copies of the Numbers 1-9 Printable on any color cardstock. I chose a blue cardstock to match the room in which the Disney Countdown was going to hang. Cut out each number with a paper trimmer or scissors. Then use a hole punch and corner rounder to turn the numbers into hanging tags.
Once the black paint is dry, screw two cup hooks into the cork. Hang the tags in order to determine where the words should be written.
Use a chalk marker to write “Days Until Disney.” Don't stress about perfection, you can always paint back over the chalk marker with black to fix an error.
Finally, hang it on the wall! You can use command strips or a single nail to hang the Disney Countdown. It's very lightweight, so it's simple to hang.
Now for the hard part, waiting for our Disney trip, right? I mean, this is for the kids, but you know we adults are anticipating the trip just as much — and will look forward to updating the calendar each day.
Even if you aren't heading to Disney this summer, consider what other shapes could be painted on the cork board (such as a sailboat or a suitcase), and make a general Vacation Countdown.
How you can you make this summer's vacation a special event?
My name is Lora Green and I blog at Craftivity Designs, where I document how we are creating our home. I believe that a home is about much more than design and decor – it should tell the story of a family. Our home must fit the needs of two small kids, a work-at-home mom, and a youth pastor dad. I want it to be a beautiful space, but it should be functional and meaningful, too. If you are trying to meld function and beauty, join me over at Craftivity Designs to share in this journey of creating a home.