Countdown Blackboard Sign

Countdown Blackboard Sign

If you have kids, you’ll know that it’s not about counting the days, it’s all about counting down the sleeps. There are so many exciting events to countdown to like Easter, birthdays, school holidays,  Christmas or anything you like really.

This easy DIY countdown blackboard sign will help build the anticipation with the daily task of changing the numbers down until you reach zero!


What you’ll need

  • Balsa wood
  • Chalkboard/blackboard paint
  • Paintbrush or sponge brush
  • White paint pen
  • Twine
  • Knitting needle or something pointy
  • Pencil
  • Printed lettering
  • chalk



The first step is to paint your balsa wood with some black chalkboard paint and then let it dry before repeating with a second coat.

Once the wood is completely dry we’re going to transfer the lettering onto the wood old school style. I’m sure most of you did it this way as a child at school but in case you didn’t here is a reminder of an easy way to get fancy/neat lettering onto another surface without much fuss.

Type your words in Word or Powerpoint document, or whatever program you prefer, and print it out in a size that will fit your piece of wood.


Next turn your printed paper over and start colouring in the area behind the words with a lead pencil. Make it quite dark as it will transfer easier if you do.


Hold your page up against a window and check you have covered every area behind each letter with enough lead pencil.


Cut the paper small enough that you can position the paper over your wood where you’d like your type to go. Next, with a sharpened pencil draw around the outside of each letter and with the pressure of your doing this it will transfer some of the lead you put on the back onto your surface. The great part about this method is that you don’t have to flip the lettering to have it show the right way.


Next, use a paint pen to fill in the lettering neatly. If you have a really steady hand and feel you’d be neater with a paintbrush by all means do it that way. I just found it easier with a paint pen as it was just like writing or colouring in.


Now you can use some chalk to write how many sleeps and the event you’re all counting down for on your chalkboard countdown sign.


Using a knitting needle or something sharp make a hole in the top two corners so that you can thread some twine through to be able to hang it up.

For some other blackboard/chalkboard ideas check out these other two posts for more creative projects – cubby house blackboard and this portable blackboard sign.

What would you countdown with this calendar? I’m using it for my Birthday then Easter.

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