This Christmas countdown dollar store craft is so adorable after giving a baking sheet a spray paint makeover. It’s so easy to make and perfect for kids.
Counting down to anything is a great way to build anticipation with kids but also helps them make sense of the amount of time needed to wait. We make countdown calendars for vacations, holidays, and events often. This Christmas countdown dollar store craft is made with a $1 baking sheet! Awesome right?! Plus, this is a fun Christmas craft to do with your kids.
Make a Christmas Countdown Dollar Store Craft
I love crafting, and I love saving money, so this one is a win win. This year, all of our crafting (primarily) has been with dollar store items as a base. I decided to challenge myself and see what I could make! Wait until you see all of the goodies…they are SO GOOD.
Grab a baking sheet, a can of spray paint (I got two cans at the beginning of the season and am using them on almost everything) and a sharpie to make this one.
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What you need for the Christmas countdown baking sheet craft:
- baking sheet
- Rustoleum chalk paint – linen white (any spray paint will do but I love the matte look of this one for my crafting)
- hot glue
- faux floral
- felt sticker
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How to make the Christmas countdown dollar store craft:
Ok, I know the supply list looks a little daunting, but I promise this is an easy one. And aside from drying time, takes only about 10-15 minutes to make.
Spray paint the baking sheet until covered and let dry. You might want to do two coats to make it really matte and well coated, I only did one to save on spray paint and it worked just fine.
Once dry, use a pencil and a ruler or other straight object to make 5 lines with the numbers 1-25 on them, and to write any lettering. I chose to write ‘Countdown to Christmas‘ on the top and ‘it’s Christmas‘ on the bottom.
Trace the pencil with a black Sharpie (you can find these at the dollar store too!) then hot glue some faux floral to the top of the baking sheet. Add a ribbon if you want to hang this one on the wall!
I have it placed on a shelf right now where the children can easily get to it, but did add a ribbon to hang it on the wall if we decide to, the ribbon kind of flopped in front looks cute anyway.
The ‘counter’ portion of this craft in the one I made is a felt Santa sticker hot glued onto a small magnet. The Dollar Tree had different packages of these felt stickers, so choose one that your kids would like. I am making a different countdown calendar for each of my kids with different floral, ribbon, and stickers for each.
How do I use the countdown calendar?
Because this has the numbers 1-25 in ascending order, I guess we are technically counting up? Beginning on December 1st, place the magnet over the number 1. Move the magnet to the next number each day of December, until it lands on 25.
Then it’s Christmas!
What are some other fun ways to use this Christmas countdown calendar?
While counting down to Christmas, we like to pair each day with something. Have a family meeting and decide how you want to celebrate the countdown, some ideas include:
- do an act of kindness for each day you count down (here is a printable list of some ideas)
- place a bowl of chocolates next to the calendar, eat one each day you check off
- get a holiday themed lego set and add a few pieces each day
- compliment someone in your family every day you mark off
Have so much fun making this dollar store craft! Because I had the spray paint, sharpie, ribbon, hot glue and magnet in my craft supply already, this craft cost me $2 to make. $1 for the baking sheet and $1 for some holiday floral.
Plus, look how great it looks with my Christmas display! Can’t beat that!
More countdown ideas and printables:
More Dollar Store ideas:
- How to do Valentine’s Day Dollar Tree Style
- Coffee Filter Turkey Craft for Kids
- Pool Noodle Shark Craft for Kids
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