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DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar

Easy DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar! Make this simple dollar store Christmas countdown in minutes to be ready for the holiday season!

Christmas Calendar with text overlay "Christmas Countdown calendar using dollar store supplies"

We are counting down the days until we can bring out our Christmas countdown calendar, lol. We always start decorating for the holidays in November and there’s nothing my kids love more than counting down the days until Santa comes, so I finally made them a little DIY Christmas countdown calendar!

This project is one of six holiday decorations we made, and it’s a quick and inexpensive DIY that we did along with other dollar store projects to get ready for the holiday season!

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How to Make your DIY Christmas Calendar Countdown

Materials Needed

  • Dollar store wooden letter case
  • White spray paint
  • Black paint
  • Sharpie
  • Mini wooden block

Step-by-step Tutorial for your Christmas Calendar Countdown

The wooden case I used to make my dollar store calendar actually used to be filled with mini wooden letters. I used the little letters to make a DIY wall letter board and thought the case that they came from was actually a really cute house shape!

I kept the case in my craft stash until the right project came along, and when I decided to make a countdown calendar, it was the perfect size and shape for a holiday craft!

Wooden Letter Case

The first thing to do is spray paint the entire wooden case white. Obviously you can use any colour at all, but we had a black, white, green, and wood theme happening for the holiday season and the white fit in perfectly.

White Spray Paint

The next thing to do is paint the sides, the back and the little front lines on the top with black paint.

Painting Sides of Container

None of the dollar store number stickers I found would fit inside these little boxes (although you could use stickers if you can find them!), so I ended up using a Sharpie and my own lettering, which isn’t perfect, but it will do for this countdown.

I had some extra squares so I just centered the numbers I needed and planned to leave the other boxes blank.

Next, we need to create something to actually move through the countdown. I used one of these mini wooden blocks to create a tiny, miniature gift.

It’s actually adorable! I painted the block, then added a tiny string bow on top, and used a sharpie to continue the look of the lines down the sides of the box. If you actually try to bring string down the sides of a tiny box, it ends up looking kind of lopsided, lol.

This Christmas countdown turned out so cute. My kids are already begging to move the present around and start the countdown.

DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar

I added some little mini trees into the empty boxes that I had to help fill the space, and I think it all came together really nicely.

Mini Craft Trees

Finished DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar

DIY Christmas Countdown

Isn’t this the cutest? I love it so much! It’s definitely something we’re going to use as a family, and definitely has a modern, nordic vibe to it!

Christmas Countdown

More Dollar Store Holiday Season Projects

This Christmas countdown was one of 6 projects I did to get ready for the holiday season using dollar store supplies. Check out the video below to see how I made the other 5 quick and easy projects!

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For more great easy holiday season DIY ideas, check out these beautiful DIY Wood Christmas Ornaments!

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Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown Calendar

Yield: 1
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Easy DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar! Make this simple dollar store Christmas countdown in minutes to be ready for the holiday season!


  • Dollar store wooden letter case
  • White spray paint
  • Black paint
  • Sharpie
  • Wooden block


  • None


  1. Remove the letters from the dollar store wooden letter case
  2. Spray paint the wooden letter case white
  3. Paint the sides, the back and the front lines of the wooden letter case black
  4. Use a sharpie to write the calendar dates inside the container’s squares
  5. Create a miniature gift with wooden block to move through the countdown

Betina Jessen

Sunday 1st of January 2023

This DIY Christmas calendar countdown sounds like a fun and creative way to get into the holiday spirit. It's great that you were able to repurpose the wooden case and add a personal touch to your countdown calendar. It's always satisfying to be able to make something useful and festive with items that might have otherwise been discarded. Thank you for sharing this tutorial, it's sure to inspire others to get crafty and countdown to Christmas in style!

Neha @ Love Food Recipes

Saturday 26th of November 2022

Amazing idea! It inspired me to do a little creativity. Thank you for sharing this idea.

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