Halloween Countdown Blocks

Good evening everyone!!
Feast your festive eyes on
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So cute, huh?
Anyhoo, just cut 2 blocks from a 4×4 (so the blocks will be approx. 3 1/2″x 3 1/2″). You can get more details on cutting blocks from this post. The base is 3 1/2″wide x 3/4″high x 7 1/4″long.
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Figure out what color you want them to be and…….paint those puppies!
Then, pick out your paper and cut 12 3″x3″ squares. I picked out 6 peices of my favorite paper and cut 2 squares of each (I used Making Memories “Spook Alley” collection…….in case you were wondering)
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Mod Podge the paper onto your blocks and a little strip onto the front of the base.
Then, while you let that dry, cut out your numbers (and “countdown”)using your die cut machine OR you can just print them out onto the back of your paper in reverse and then cut them out by hand.
You will need: 0,0,1,1,2,2,3,4,5,6,7, &8 (make sure the #6 can double as #9 if it’s turned upside-down)
Then, glue on your numbers and the word “countdown”. On the first block put: 0,1,2,3,4,&5 On the second block put: 6 (will also double as 9), 7,8,0,1,2
After those are dry, you can seal with a few coats of Mod Podge or a finishing spray. And….
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(You can see in these 2 pics that the “6” and “9” look great!)

A fun Halloween countdown that you can totally use as cute festive decor too!

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Your kiddos will LOVE these (mine do :)

Just be sure to *NOT STACK THESE FOR 7 DAYS TO LET THE FINISHING COAT CURE, OR THEY WILL STICK TOGETHER* and ruin all of your hard work :(

Have fun!
About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. I love these countdown blocks! It gets you excited :)

  2. These are so cute!


  4. i TOTALLY want to make these… I have seen them now on 3 blogs. I need to make some, thanks for the tutorial/how to. P.S. my craft night is tonight with my ladies, and we are making those cute jack o’ lantern/ pumpkin, ghost, franky, jars. There will be pics. to follow later in the week. You should come follow my blog so you can stay tuned. Love your blog, and am so glad I found it.

  5. I love these and my kids would love them, too! Great post!

  6. You are my favorite. . . hands down.

  7. These are so much fun! We have some for Chritmas but maybe we need some for every holiday.

  8. Those are fantastic! I have to make some now, lol. Thanks for sharing the idea and the method!

  9. These are so cute! I might have to make some for Christmas, too, even though we have an advent calendar. It would be cute for birthdays, too.

  10. these are great…of course, i won’t get them made by halloween, but the idea would work for christmas too!

  11. So fun! LOVE the papers!!

  12. oooo…I can’t wait to make these! thanks for all your awesome ideas! :)

  13. are your numbers made of paper? did you cut it yourself or use a die cut machine? what is the size of the font?


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  15. hello again, I have another question..i’m trying to make these for super saturday so that’s why I have so many questions. I got a 16oz of mod podge yesterday and just trying to figure out how many sets I can make with that bottle. Do you have any idea? I got the mod podge matte is that the right one because I wasn’t sure about the gloss mod podge.


  16. Lynn- I made mine out of vinyl, but paper is also perfect! Also, I used my Cricut to cut these (numbers 2 1/2 inches tall & “countdown” 3/4 inch tall), I used the stamped cartridge. Also, a little Mod Podge goes a long way… a 16 oz. bottle should make quite a few sets. If I had to estimate…….at least 10 sets, but probably more :) Also, the matte will definitely look better than the gloss. Good luck!

  17. Great idea! I am trying to make a three block countdown. I want to count down from 100 or maybe 99. Do you have any idea what numbers need to go on what blocks? I would appreciate your help!

  18. Thanks for this tutorial! I had a lot of fun making this, and was so pleased with the finished product.


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