Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Calendar Blocks

Last month I helped my activity day girls make some calendar blocks (aka countdown blocks).
We had a lot of fun making them!
I thought I would give you a little tutorial so you can make your own.

Start by cutting 2 x 2 inch blocks.
You can do any size you want, just make sure they are the same measurement around.

Sand the blocks.
Make sure they are super smooth.

Paint the blocks.
I like to use acrylic paint. It's cheap, easy, drys fast and is easy to clean up.

Allow the blocks to dry thoroughly.

Chose some pretty paper and cut into squares just smaller than the blocks.

Lightly coat one side of the block with Mod Podge.
Place one paper square on top of Mod Podge.
Smooth the paper down, making sure there are no bubbles.
Let dry.
Continue until each side of both blocks are covered in paper.

Paint a light coat of Mod Podge on the block.
Apply your first number.
Make sure to press firmly, making sure there are no bubbles.
Let dry.
Continue on each side until both blocks are numbered.

Use the numbers in the following order
Block 1- 0,1,2,3,4,5
Block 2- 0,1,2,6,7,8 (the 6 doubles as the 9)

Lightly coat each block with a final layer of Mod Podge to seal it.
Let dry.

Now you can either use your blocks as a calendar or as a count down calendar.


Send me pictures of your calendar blocks, I would love to see them!


  1. I love this, but I think I'd have to buy the blocks already cut!

    Thanks so much for stopping by last week. Forgive me for taking so long to visit you. It's been one of 'those' weeks, you know?

  2. These are adorable! I love the paper you used! :)

  3. I love this idea!! My kids would love doing this!

  4. Cute! I've been making these for a while too:

  5. Thank you so much! I am sure this is going to turn out into a christmas present for several people. Greetings from Germany

  6. Thanks for this idea! I'm gonna link you on our MOPS craft forum because this would be a great one for our groups.

  7. Thee are so cute! I need it to tell me the day of the week too!

  8. Awww...That's so adorable! I'm absolutely going to make them for my little cousin. I love the blue polka dots and that's his favorite color!

    I really enjoy reading your blog. One of my favorite projects is the Carnivore Cupcakes...Hmmmm...I LOVE beacons!Will also make that for snack :) I've done craft works and posted on Take a look at mine and feel free to promote those wonderful projects from your blog. Thanks so much for the tutorials. Take care!


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