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The Count Down To Disney!!

The excitement of a Disney vacation gets me every year! For me this magical place is the perfect vacation destination. Disney offers a little escape from the pressures of growing up! It seems like kids are growing up faster and faster with all the technology these days. Our little Disney get-a-ways allow everyone to slow down, and the kids get to keep their child-like innocence just that much longer.

A few years ago, I saw this cute block count down and instantly loved the look.  I really wanted one for our house but never really thought about where to get one or how to DIY. I didn’t realize how popular these little count downs were especially on Etsy. Most of the ones I saw were for Christmas or Birthdays. I do remember one Disney count down from Pinterest but it was just a picture. We have never counted down to our Disney trips and with our next trip booked for early this fall I thought this would be the perfect project for us to kick off the summer!

We were able to create our count down blocks fairly inexpensively.  For around $30.00 we even have left over supplies that can be used on another project.  All the items we needed to make this project are listed below:

4) 2×2 squares (you can find a 4 pack  of finished block at hobby lobby or amazon)

2 bottles of craft paint

2) 2×4 pieces of wood (One block is 9″ long and one is 8.5″ long. We got ours from the scrap at home depot for free so sizing is a bit different and gives the staggered look.)

3 to 6 pieces of scrapbook paper

Mickey and Friends stickers

mod podge

transparent papers of clear sticker paper (not pictured)

Disney font  (free downloads can be found on Pinterest)

Originally this project was going to be done with both my daughters and myself, but we started working on it before the end of the school year and Aaralyn’s social calendar kept her from being able to help. So Alexis, our youngest, helped as much as a 4-year-old could.

Once I had all of our supplies in one area we were ready to get started.

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Our first step was to sand down our 2×4’s, once they had a nice smooth finish we wiped them off and they were ready for the next step.  (The 2×2 blocks were bought from a craft store already prefinnished.)

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Now we are ready to paint our 2×4’s and 2×2’s. We are decorating our loft in vintage Disney so red and gold are the colors we chose for this step.

Once the paint was dry we were ready to start adding our Mickey stickers and scrapbook paper with mod podge, this step took a little bit as we had to wait for one side of our square to dry before we could start on the next.

All dry and we are ready to add our numbers! I used storybook font at size 125 and printed our numbers onto transparent paper. The transparent paper was kind of difficult to work with and wanted to fold and bubble up on me (pictured in the block with #1 below). I would try and skip this step by printing my numbers directly onto the scrapbook paper. Be careful when picking the font for your numbers, you will want your 6 to double as a 9.

My blocks are numbered as follows

Block 1 and 4 will only have 5 numbers so we added a Mickey and friend sticker on the blank spaces.

Block 1.   0, 1, 2, 7, 8

Block 2    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Block 3    0, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8

Block 4    1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Yay! We did it, all we have to do is let the last parts of the mod podge dry and we are ready to begin our count down to Halloween time at Disneyland!

When not on a count down, I will put two blocks behind the count down and just display the Mickey and Friends stickers.

Thank you for joining us as we made our calendar, we hope you enjoy making one that fits your family perfectly! We will be making another count down for Nana in a couple of weeks, make sure to follow us on youtube so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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