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Christmas Countdown Plate

I don’t know about you, but once December hits my little ones are ready to countdown to when Santa comes. Because of this, I decided to make a fun countdown for them this year. The chalkboard plate countdown is perfect for little hands. They can help write the numbers and have a constant reminder of how many days left till the BIG day. I love it!

So let’s make a Countdown Plate together!

Here is what you will need:
1 glass plate
black chalkboard paint
vinyl words “Days Until”
Red Sheer polka-dotted ribbon
Scrap Piece of 5/8 inch wide Red Grosgrain Ribbon
hot glue gun


1. Either purchase a plate on clearance or at the Dollar Store. Or better yet use a mismatched plate that you have in your home that can be re-purposed. I love when I can find a creative way to reuse something that would otherwise be packed away in boxes or in placed in the back of my cupboard.
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2. Use your chalkboard paint to paint on a few layers. I did two layers two cover the apples on my plate. The amount of coats will depend on what pattern is on your plate. Let your paint dry COMPLETELY. Once the chalkboard paint is dry apply vinyl lettering.
3. To create a Bowdabra Bow for your Christmas Countdown Plate first begin by placing the Hair Bow Tool & Ruler onto the Mini Bowdabra. Cut an 18? piece of Bowdabra Bow Wire, fold it in half, and place it into the Mini Bowdabra.
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4. Following the instructions on the Interactive Hair Bow Making CD create a Boutique Style Bow.
5. Follow the CD’s instructions for finishing the bow. Once finished, tie a scrap piece of 5/8 inch wide red grosgrain ribbon onto the back of the bow. Using the 5/8? wide red grosgrain as a finishing ribbon on the center of your bow to hide the Bowdabra Bow Wire. To keep the grosgrain ribbon tails from fraying run a lighter along the edges of ribbon to keep it from fraying. An another alternative to keep ribbon from fraying is clear nail polish. Hot glue bow onto your plate.
Christmas Countdown Calendar

6. Then you’re done! Enjoy counting down with your little ones this season!
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


    Hair Bow Tool and Ruler Kit for the Mini Bowdabra® – BOW2200

    Mini Bowdabra Hair Bow Creator Kit is a super easy hair bow making tool. Create designer Ribbon hair bows, mini bows, baby bow, DIY kids crafts and more!
    Rated 5.00 out of 5

    Bowdabra® Bow Making & Design Tool – Large – BOW1003

    Bowdabra Bow Making & Design Tool is your easy-to-use bow maker. Create professional looking bows for gift wrapping, home decorations and DIY crafts!
    Rated 4.50 out of 5

    Mini Bowdabra® Bow Making & Design Tool – Small – BOW2100

    Mini Bowdabra is your easy-to-use bow making tool to create small bows. Create DIY crafts, hair bows, gift wrapping, wedding décor and more yourself!
    Rated 4.80 out of 5
Bowdabra’s easy-to-create bow-makers are available at the Bowdabra website’s online store and also at various retail establishments such as Amazon, AC Moore, Pat Catan’s Stores, Jo Ann store, Michael’s, and Walmart.

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