Christmas Countdown Blocks

I am one that gets prepared for everything early; I don't like to have a lot do to last minute because it makes me very stressed out, even about fun things like vacations or holidays! Due to this, I have created some holiday decorations in advance this year since there is always so much to get done when Christmas comes around that there isn't any time to make decorations.

I decided to make these Christmas Countdown blocks because they seemed easy enough and I thought they were adorable. The hardest part is getting the wood. You can easily buy it at Lowe's or Home Depot but cutting it, sanding it and rounding out the corners is the hard part. My husband cut mine and rounded the corners for me but I believe you can ask Lowe's or Home Depot to cut your wood for you as well for a small fee.  

The best thing to know when building these blocks is the size of everything, which I can give you right here so you don't have to figure it out yourself! 


My base block that is on the bottom and reads "Santa's Comin'" is 7 1/4" long, 1 3/8" tall, and 3 1/4" deep. You will need one of these.
The paper on my base block is 7" long and 1 1/8" tall.

My two square blocks with the numbers on them are 3 1/4" square blocks, so they are 3 1/4" tall, 3 1/4" wide, and 3 1/4" deep. You will need 2 of these.
The paper on each side of the blocks is 3" by 3". You will need 12 pieces of colored paper. I used 12 unique pieces of Christmas scrapbook paper but you can use the same scrapbook paper design for all 12 pieces, or use 6 different designs and have there be one square on each block that is the same, anything you want!

Here is how to make these blocks:

1) Get your blocks and paper ready in the sizes specified.
  • You need 1 block that is 7 1/4" long, 1 3/8" tall, and 3 1/4" deep
  • You need 2 blocks that are 3 1/4" square blocks
  • You need 1 piece of decorative Christmas scrapbook paper that is 7" long and 1 1/8" tall.
  • You need 12 pieces of decorative Christmas scrapbook paper that are 3" x 3".

2) Paint all three of your blocks black and let the paint dry.  

3) Use mod podge to glue your paper on to your blocks. Mod podge the top of the paper as well. Let them blocks and paper dry completely.  

4) Use a Cricut to cut out letters and numbers, as specified below. You can also just buy letter and number stickers at any craft store and put those on your blocks if you do not have a Cricut.  

You will need the following numbers for each block cut out:

  • Block 1: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Block 2: 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 (the 6 doubles as a 9 as well) 
  • The numbers on my blocks are between 2" and 2 1/2" tall.  
  • For the letters I wrote out "Santa's Comin'" but you can write any phrase you want. My letters are about 1" tall each.  
  • You won't be able to make all possible number combinations (for example you can't do 33 days until Christmas) but you can do all the days in December, so if you start counting at 25 days until Christmas the numbers above that you put on your blocks will work.  

5) Put the letters and numbers on your blocks and you are done!

I hope you can enjoy this Christmas craft and use it during the Christmas season to count down the days until Christmas morning!