Learn how to make these adorable ornaments or signs with your Cricut to countdown the days until Santa comes.

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We love to countdown the days until Santa comes in this house. I think that might be why I’ve designed some many countdown to Christmas SVGs over the years. This particular countdown design can be used as a sign where you use chalkboard vinyl (yes it’s a thing and it’s so much fun) or an acrylic ornament and vinyl for your countdown.

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Watch for a step by step tutorial. Prefer written instructions, keep reading.

 

Acrylic Ornament vs. Chalkboard Sign – Which Should I Make?

When I was designing the SVG I wanted you to have options, so I gave you two – ornament vs. sign.

Personally I don’t have a favorite, but they do have pros and cons in my mind.

I like the chalkboard sign because it’s a little less work (you don’t have the numbers to cut out in vinyl) and it’s fun and easy to write on the chalkboard. Your kids could do it no problem. What I don’t like about it is my handwriting is the worst.

The acrylic ornament (it has to be see through because the vinyl belt buckle goes on the back) is a little more work because you have to cut numbers out of vinyl. Each day you peel off the number and add a new one with vinyl. My kids can do this because I’ve taught them all things Cricut, but it might be harder for a little kid. What I do like about the ornament is it look very polished (no messy handwriting) and so cute on the tree.

So, pick a favorite style and let’s get started.

How to Make the Countdown to Christmas Chalkboard Sign

First off, did you even know they made chalkboard vinyl!?! I was so thrilled when I discovered it, I knew I had to incorporate it into a project. The chalkboard countdown to Christmas sign is fun and easy to make. It’s a great addition to help build the excitement for the big day.

 

Materials Needed for the Chalkboard Sign

Countdown to Christmas SVG

Round Wooden Sign

White Acrylic Paint

Chalkboard Vinyl

Red Vinyl

Black Vinyl

White Vinyl

Gold Textured Vinyl

Rope to Hang the Sign

Strong Grip Transfer Tape – Yellow Tack

Regular Transfer Tape – Matte

Cutting Mats – Light Grip & Standard

Cricut Maker or Explore 

 

Cutting the Sign Using Your Cricut

Download and save to your computer or device the file named: SVG_Christmas Countdown_Chalkboard_BeesKnees

Need help uploading the file Cricut Design Space? How to Upload Files to Cricut Design Space.

With the width and height locked, resize the SVG file to fit your sign.

Make sure when you are cutting your chalkboard vinyl using the chalkboard vinyl setting. Yes! They actually have a setting for that!

If you are using the textured metallic vinyl for the belt buckle, use the setting Premium Vinyl – Textured Metallic.

For the rest of the regular vinyl you can use the normal vinyl setting. If your sign is small, you will want to cut the words using washi sheet more pressure setting for the words. It actually doesn’t hurt to use this setting for the words regardless. I find it easier to weed. 

After you weed all your cut vinyl, it’s time to assemble the sign!

Assembling the Sign

I painted the front of my sign white before I started. If you can find a pre-painted white sign, even better. 

First you will want to add your circle to the sign. I use regular transfer tape and then a tennis ball to rub out any air bubbles. Since it’s adhering to wood, which isn’t a smooth surface, it’s actually easy to push the air bubbles out after you apply it. 

Next, add the chalkboard vinyl. I used strong grip transfer tape because the chalkboard vinyl is so textured, so remove it carefully.

Next, add the belt buckle using strong grip transfer tape. You can use the same piece you used for the chalkboard vinyl, just cut it smaller. 

Then, using regular transfer tape, apply the words. 

Lastly, cut a piece of rope and attach it to the back of the sign using a hot glue gun.

Tada! You have easily made an adorable countdown to Christmas sign that you can use year after year.

Let’s take a look at making the countdown to Christmas ornament next.

Countdown to Christmas Acrylic Ornament

The countdown to Christmas is a gorgeous decoration for your tree to build anticipation for the big day.

 

Materials Needed for the Acrylic Ornament

Countdown to Christmas SVG

Acrylic Ornament Blanks

Red Vinyl

Black Vinyl

White Vinyl

Gold Textured Vinyl

Strong Grip Transfer Tape – Yellow Tack

Regular Transfer Tape – Matte

Cutting Mats – Light Grip & Standard

Cricut Maker or Explore 

Alcohol Pads

Scraper

 

Cutting the Ornament Using Your Cricut

Download and save to your computer or device the file named: SVG_Christmas Countdown_Acrylic_BeesKnees

Need help uploading the file Cricut Design Space? How to Upload Files to Cricut Design Space.

You will notice that this file comes with numbers. These are for the countdown days. You can copy the numbers and put them together to make any numbers you need. 

With the width and height locked, resize the SVG file to fit your sign.

 

Cut Settings on Your Cricut

If you are using the textured metallic vinyl for the belt buckle, you will want to cut it using the Premium Vinyl – Textured Metallic setting.

The words should be cut using the washi sheet setting with more pressure. This is because the ornament is small and it gets harder to weed.

The remaining vinyl can be cut using the regular vinyl setting.

 

Weeding

Once everything has been cut out, it’s time to weed. I would highly recommend reverse weeding for the words. That way you don’t loss any little pieces.

 

Assembling the Ornament

Now that everything is cut out and weeded, it’s time for the fun part, putting it together!

Start by prepping your acrylic ornament with alcohol prep pads (both sides). Let it dry.

This next part is important. It’s easy as long as you follow the steps.

First, you will want to attach the red circle to regular transfer tape. Make sure you don’t get air bubbles. Remove the backing from the red vinyl.

Next, peel the black belt off the backing and using just your hands (no transfer tape) stick it on top of the red circle right in the middle. 

Flip your acrylic ornament over to the back side (if there is one – both sides are usually the same).

I recommend using the wet method to attach the vinyl to your ornament. It’s simply spraying a squirt or two of water onto the ornament. Then apply the vinyl over top of the water. This makes it easier to work out air bubbles. You will initially see leftover water, but it will dry shortly and you won’t see it anymore.

When applying your vinyl, if you are doing it correctly, you will only see the red vinyl. The black piece is underneath it and you will see it once you flip it over and view it from the front.

Next, work out all the air bubbles using a scrapper.

You do not have to wait for the water to dry under the red vinyl, you can keep assembling.

Flip the ornament over and apply the gold belt buckle to the front. Use strong grip transfer tape for this task. Remember, the red and black vinyl should be on the back of the ornament and the belt buckle is on the front of the ornament.

Next, apply the words to the front using regular transfer tape. 

You now have an adorable ornament to use to countdown to Christmas, remember to cut out the days. Each day you peel off the old day and put on the new day. 

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