{calendar blocks}

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Who doesn’t love countdown blocks? Well, I wanted to be able to use it all year long, and all it took was one simple change.

For the bottom block, I made a removable tag for each month (just cardstock, distressed and matted on scrapbook paper–font Mr. Giggles), which makes it so easy to just change it out every month. I thought about making 6 bottom blocks, and putting vinyl on each side–then changing out a block every 2 months. You could still do that if you prefer, but I really wanted to go with simple, and reduce the amount I had to store. To stick on the month, I actually used a little bit of double stick tape–it comes off the mod podged surface pretty easily. (In the process of making it, I added and removed a month at least 10 times, and it always worked well.)

I actually made this one for a gift, so if you’re name starts with an A, and you live in Idaho, please act surprised. :) (And forgive me for not getting it mailed before Christmas–with 5 sick little ones, it was all about survival.)

Now you’ve got a darling way to count down each day in the year, and never have to put them away!


Calendar Block Specifics

Wood: 4×4 posts, cut into 2 square blocks, 2×4–7 inches
Number Placement: Block 1–0,1,2,3,4,5
Block 2–0,1,2,6,7,8 (6 doubles as the 9, so make sure you put it on non-directional paper)

Paint your blocks, mod podge desired paper, sand and distress block edges, add numbers!



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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

23 thoughts on “{calendar blocks}

  1. My name starts with an A and I live in Idaho… but I don't think you're talking about me. :( Bummer, I would LOVE your calendar block… and I don't even care that it's past Christmas. :) J/K

  2. Let me first just say that this is an adorable idea! Counting UP instead of DOWN each month! :) AND… I love love love that you always mention what font you use when you post a craft! THX!!

  3. Totally charming! Where did you get your Mr. Giggles font? I tried googling it and up came too many of sites.

  4. Oh how CUTE! Wow this is genius! I sure hope I am lucky enough to be the winner, there is so much I would love to make for my blank slate home!

  5. CUTE! could you please post the measurements for the bottom block (I assume the numbers are 4×4)…thanks!

  6. I love the idea of using this as a calendar and I love the colors you used. I was thinking you could also use sticky velcro for the months.

  7. This is such a great idea, but I am stumped as to how you were able to do a number set for every day of the month. There are only 6 sides to a cube, and given that each date will have either a 0,1,2, or 3 in it, how did you manage to make it work for every day including the numbers 2-9? I am wanting to make these but wondering how you figured that part. Thanks!

  8. Can you tell us the sizes you used of each block as well as the number placement? I love these!

  9. Veronica–I actually made only 2 cubes per set, but I've added the number placement to my post so you can see how I did it!

    CJ–I also added the dimensions of the wood to my post!

  10. Hi,

    Can you tell me the size of the bottom block? This is adorable. I want to make one for my MIL's classroom.

  11. Love it! Have you ever done and three block countdown? I am trying to figure out how to count down from 100 but have no idea where to place the numbers. Can you help?

  12. Where do you get your wood blocks? At a craft store or do you buy wood posts at home depot or lowes and cut it down?

  13. Very cute! You could even put a small metal piece where the month goes, then make the months magnetic. Then they will last a little longer.

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