Hey C2D Friends! My name is Crystal, and I am excited to share with you a fun Disney Christmas countdown craft. This is a semi-quick, inexpensive countdown, using items from the Dollar Tree, as well as things from your home.
First up is the supply list:
- 1 Cookie Sheet (Dollar Tree)
- Magnet Tape (Walmart)
- Black and Red felt (purchased from Walmart…around 23 cents per sheet)
- 2 white buttons (had on hand)
- Glitter Foam (Dollar Tree)
- Gift wrap (had on hand)
- Glue Gun and glue stick (had on hand)
- Wire edge ribbon (had on hand)
- 1/8” Ribbon (had on hand)
- Scissors (paper and fabric)
- Mod Podge (had on hand, but can be found at Hobby Lobby—40% off coupon)
- Tape Measure
- Drill with drill bit
- Spray Paint (optional—had on hand)
- Printables (found below)
You will start out with your cookie sheet.
Find the center of the sheet pan, and mark 2 dots about 1 inch apart. Make sure they are even…or as close to even as you can get.
You will then use your drill to drill the holes. I found it was easier to have a piece of wood sitting under the cookie sheet’s handle, so when the drill bit went through the metal, it would drill into the scrap wood, and not the table underneath.
**Make sure to wear protective eye wear!!** You are drilling through metal, and the little bits can fly around. Once you have drilled your holes, there will be rough edges on the backside. You can remove those edges with a file.
I didn’t take pictures of the next step, but it’s easy enough to explain. I didn’t want the countdown calendar to look like a cookie sheet, so I spray painted it with red spray paint. I find that a girl should never be without three things…Jesus, chocolate, and red spray paint. I always have a can of Krylon Cherry Red ready. You never know what the day might bring!
I sprayed the back of the pan first, let it dry according the spray can’s instructions, and then flipped it over and sprayed the front. This step is completely optional.
While the paint dries, begin to work on the rest of the calendar.
Plug in your hot glue gun.
Print and cut out (with paper scissors) the Mickey head. Lay or pin it on the black felt and trim with fabric scissors.
After the Mickey head is finished, cut out the pants. I eye-balled where I wanted the pants to lie, and trimmed around the head, once again, using my fabric scissors.
When you have both of those cut, lay them on top of one another to make sure that they line up perfectly.
Then you will use your hot glue gun to glue the pants and buttons on.
For the next step, cut out the Christmas light pattern, and trace on the back of the glitter foam sheets with an ink pen. I cut 12 of the red, and 13 of the blue to match our Christmas décor.
When you have all of your lights cut out, you will add the magnet tape to the back. Just cut little strips, remove the backing and apply to the back of the foam lights.
Once the cookie sheet is dry, the next step will be to apply the background using the gift wrap.
Lay the gift wrap across the bottom of the pan, and lightly press the paper with your finger tip into the edges.
Once you have done that around the entire inside of the pan, carefully remove the paper and use the fold lines as your cutting guide.
The gift wrap should fit nicely inside the pan.
Next, you will Mod Podge the paper down. It’s best to do a small section at a time. Start at the top, paint a little of the glue down, and smooth the paper over the glue using a credit card to remove any bubbles. You will continue to do this until you get to the bottom edge.
When you have smoothed all of the bubbles, add your Countdown to Christmas strip at the bottom using the same technique…or you can use your glue gun at this point.
Next you will apply the Christmas light strand. I didn’t measure the ribbon. I played around with it to see how many loops I wanted. After I figured that out, I snipped the ribbon.
Using your hot glue gun, you will want to glue both ends of the ribbon down and then start making your loops. The pan will be cold, so you will need to move fast, but make sure not to burn yourself!! You may want to stick a heating pad underneath the pan to keep it warm…I thought of that after I had finished.
Continue to make your loops, and glue the ribbon down. Make sure to watch those fingers!!
The very last step is to thread your wire ribbon through the holes at the top of the pan and make a bow.
And that’s it!
You will add a bulb to the light stand every day in December until its Christmas Day!
I hope you will make one for your family, and make Mickey apart of your Christmas countdown!
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My name is Crystal and I love all things related to crafting and DIY. You can find me over at Fussy Monkey Business where I share all of my how-to’s.