Christmas Countdown

Welcome to the Inspired by the Holiday DIY Hop

Welcome to the Inspired by the holiday DIY Hop! I bet you are coming from my
friend Jenna’s page where she made amazing Jenna’s Wood Christmas Tree Triangles!

Christmas Countdown

I know, I know, its only October… but this year, I am actually excited for the holiday season!

The truth of the matter is that the holiday season will be here before we know it and if your like me life gets a *little* crazy and I don’t have time to create. So, I’m jumping on all my holiday creations early!

This Christmas countdown is a very easy project that can be done in a various amount of ways. If you do not own a Cricut or vinyl don’t fret, this project could be done by using stencils and paint.

Materials:

+ Linen Dishcloth (I got mine from Joann Fabric in a three pack)
+ Iron-on Vinyl
+ Small Piece of Felt

If you do not have a Cricut:

+ Linen Dishcloth
+ Stencils (can also be found at Joann Fabric)
+ Acrylic Paint
+ Sponge Brush

Step One



First, I made my design on my Cricut Design Space Software. I originally wanted my countdown to say “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, but my Cricut wasn’t able to cut the small letters. So I pivoted and later added the word countdown (you will see later). I use Cricut iron on vinyl. If you do have a Cricut and plan on doing iron on vinyl pleaseeee forrr the love of all things…… MAKE SURE YOU PUT YOUR MIRROR OPTION ON. So, if your like huh? What the heck does that mean? Well, iron on vinyl cuts on the back of the vinyl, you then flip it over and iron it on. SOOOOOO if you do not mirror before you cut, your image will be backwards. This has happened more times than I would like to admit.

Step Two

Next, I cut out and arranged the pieces. Here is where if you are using stencils, you will need to arrange your stencils how you want them.

I tested out a few different options but later landed on just a simple countdown arrangement.

I tested out a few different options but later landed on just a simple countdown arrangement. As you can see there is a plastic film on the vinyl. Make sure that the plastic side is up.

Step Three

Next, I used my Cricut Press to Iron on my letters and numbers. Sometimes with thin letters, it is hard to get them to iron on. Pro- Tip, iron them on, then let them semi cool before you peel off the plastic part. I have been the victim of impatience far to often and ended up peeling the whole number off.

If you are going the paint route, this is the time where you would use your sponge brush and paint on your stencils.

Step Four

I didn’t have any circle tracers so I grabbed the top to a mason jar to make a circle on my felt. After I drew the large circle I flipped the jar lid over and traced the inner part to make a smaller circle.

And done, now you have a cute wall decor piece, plus a fun Christmas Countdown!

WHO’S NEXT

Follow along with our holiday tour by jumping to my friend Morgan’s page, as she creates an easy and affordable DIY Fresh Magnolia Wreath!

Chica and Jo Glitter Santa Art

Christin Christmas Sign

Amy Dried Fruit Wreath

Jenna’s Wood Christmas Tree Triangles

UPHOLSTERED DIY HEADBOARD

Have you ever searched and searched for the perfect headboard? No, well that was my last sixish months. I thought I wanted a metal one because ya know they are so trendy right now, but I then realized I wanted a more classic headboard.

So the search was on once again and I found one, but the price tag was well… expensive. So off to Pinterest I went, and came up with a plan to make it myself.

Materials

  • (2) 1×4’s
  • (1) 1/2 inch thick plywood
  • A set of two linen curtains
  • (1) One inch thick mattress pad
  • 3 ft of batting
  • Staple Gun
  • 1/2 inch screw

Step 1:

Cut down large plywood to make your wings, and the back of the head board. Below is my plan and the board cut up.

Step 2:

Assemble the wings of the headboard. You will need the two 55″ long pieces, two 48″ long pieces and the two 7″ pieces. I took one of the longest pieces and put it on bottom. Then put the shorter piece and put it directly on top, and finish the top layer with the smaller 7″ piece. You can see it in the picture below. I then used wood glue to secure them and I screwed them together for extra measure.

Step 3:

To attach the wing later, you will need to add the 1×4 to the edge of the doubled up pieces you’ve already made. I set the 1×4 up against the wing part already put together and measured out how long it was. I then cut down the 1×4 to be the same size. Finally, I attached the 1×4 to the edge with screws. You will repeat this process to create two wings.

Step 4:

Once all the pieces were cute and put together I was able to start upholstering the wings. I used the fabric batting to go around the plywood part of the wing. I left the 1×4 un upholstered because it will be hidden behind the main headboard anyway. Below is a video of how I put the batting on the wings.

After putting the batting on, I put long strips of the linen curtain and used that to wrap around the wings. I used the same process that I did for the fabric batting.

Step 5:

To upholster the main part of the headboard I added a bit more fluff. I used a twin size mattress pad and attached that to the plywood first. The mattress pad was a little to long, so I had to cut it down to size. I left about 1-2 inch overlap so it would make the edges more rounded. To attach the mattress pad, I used an adhesive spray but it didn’t hold up as well as I hoped. I then cut the fabric batting bigger so I could wrap around the back to hold the mattress pad in place. Then I used a staple gun to attach. Leaving the top edge unstapled will allow me to later wrap it over the top of the wings for a more finished look.

Step 6:

Attaching the wings. This part was a tad difficult and if I made this headboard again, I would have a different plan of attach. Regardless, here is what I did this time. First, I took the main part of the headboard and flipped it over to the back. Then, I used clamps to put the 1×4 (the exposed wood part) part of the wing onto the back. This allowed me to drill in holes and then screw it together without extra help. Beware, drilling through fabric or batting is rough. The fabric tends to hold onto the bit and not allow you to be able to pull the drill bit out. If I were to do this part again, I would plan exactly where to drill and cut the fabric back at that point. Never the less, I persisted and accomplished my task. I mean whats a project without a little learning.

Step 7:

Finally, pull the top flap over the 1×4 wings and attach to the back of the headboard. This will create a nice finished look.


I can’t wait to see you try this out, if you do be sure to tag me so I can celebrate with you!! If you have any questions message me on instagram.