{Tutorial} Halloween Count Down Plate

Halloween Countdown Plate

Last week I received a fun package with the challenge to create “something”. Seriously, one of the greatest tasks ever. Use your imagination, and get something made out of it. But I’ve been so into the Halloween theme lately, that I couldn’t help but go in that direction. So I created a fun, and child friendly, Halloween Count Down.

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I started by painting the plate a fun purple color

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I took a little sand paper to the edges to distress it a bit.
I cut the words “Days til Halloween” out of the provided vinyl. I used the sparkly orange and green vinyl for each of the vowels. Love how it turned out.

I then found a fun orange clip that I thought I would nail into the plate….but I could not get the nail to go into the sturdy wood! So I had to change plans!

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So Instead I used some gorilla glue and tacked it on. If you haven’t used gorilla glue before, make sure you use a damp cloth to wet down each surface.

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Oh, and don’t forget to use something heavy to help them hold. I didn’t the first time, and it pulled right off. So I improvised and used the heaviest things within reach!

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Ok, so once it dried I wanted to hit myself for forgetting that the glue dries white…not clear. And I put a whole bunch on, so it seeped out the sides.

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So once again, improvising, I grabbed the closest ribbons (from a cute banner I’ll show you later) and tied them onto the clip to cover the glue.
Go Me!!

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I used some cute Halloween paper that was sent with the package, as well as some I already had, and cut them into 4×3 inch papers. Then using some of my number stickers, made a paper for each number 1-31!

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I put the plate on an easel and have it sitting by my bigger than life witch’s hat. I also used a wood bat that I got from Crafty Wood Cutouts (more on them next week!) and have it sitting at the bottom of the plate.

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The Little Man is already trying to change the numbers….so I may need to put it away until October 1! Oh, and we are going on 2 vacations in October, so if you see me out on the road with this, it’s probably because he wont let us miss a day!

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  1. I absolutely LOVE this!!! I so want to make something like this, thanks for the idea!

  2. love all your card number pieces so fun! I love your “weight” haha. You got some awesome colors I’m jealous mine were very christmas-y haha.

    rae gun ramblings

  3. Very cute! What a fun countdown!

  4. Love it! How fun to do a Halloween countdown.

  5. We’ve always had the countdown to Christmas, but for Halloween? Cute idea!

  6. What a fun idea! I love it and it turned out GREAT!


  7. I love the way your countdown turned out! That mini monograms cartridge was the perfect thing for your lettering, I love how it looks. Your cards are so cute and fun too. Your kids are going to be so excited to countdown to Halloween. 🙂
    Amy @ The Happy Scraps

  8. How cute is this?! What a fun idea!

  9. Cute! I especially like the number designs you did.

  10. Super cute! I love the colors.

  11. Very fun! I love counting down to Halloween. That purple is really pretty! Love the shade.

  12. Love this idea! So fun and festive for Halloween. I hope you will come by and link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.


  13. cute cute cute! …As all your ideas!

  14. Such an easy Halloween craft, and functional too! I’ve had fun looking over your blog. I would love to have you come share ‘Your Great Idea’ over at my link party, hosted on Saturdays…but you can still submit today. Hope to see you there!http://www.oneshetwoshe.com/2012/09/hello-weekend-50-mikarose-giveaway.html

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