Picket Fence Chalkboard Countdown

Did you know that March is National Craft Month?!  How have I missed this all these years?!  Luckily, Steph over at Crafting in the Rain is a holiday guru and invited a group of bloggers to craft through the month A-Z … fun, right?!  And once I saw that the letter N wasn’t taken, I knew right away that I was going to craft N is for Numbers!!  Numbers are perfect for a countdown!  And the stars aligned when I found the cutest white picket fence in Hobby Lobby.  Numbers + picket fence =

Picket Fence Chalkboard Countdown

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Too cute, right?!  And did you see those little wooden numbers?!  Can I let you in on my biggest HomeGoods find EVER?!

Best HomeGoods find EVER!

That’s right!  $1.99 – SCORE OF THE CENTURY!  I’ve actually been hoarding, I mean holding on to these since right around Halloween but just hadn’t found the right project.  Until now!!

N is for Numbers! Come see what I made with these wooden numbers!

Even if you can’t find a bag of adorable wooden numbers at your local HomeGoods, they would be easy enough to make with a sheet of balsa wood, paint and wire.  (Or, paint the other horizontal slat with chalkboard paint to write the numbers on for the countdown.)  So, let’s take a quick look at some of the other supplies I used:

Supplies for a picket fence chalkboard countdown - look at that crazy yarn!

Supplies:  A wooden mini picket fence (I found this one at Hobby Lobby for about $2), felt, chalkboard paint (it wouldn’t be a chalkboard countdown without it) and that crazy yarn.  Isn’t it fun?  It is Bernat Tizzy yarn in Sweet Pea and I picked it up at Joann’s.  You’ll also need a few more basics like scissors, hot glue gun & sticks and a paintbrush.  Finally, find a length of ribbon or twine to use to hang your picket fence!

First, paint the bottom horizontal slat of the picket fence with chalkboard paint according to directions.  I had to do two coats, letting it dry between coats and then let the paint thoroughly dry for 24 hours.  {You can read about seasoning your chalkboard before use in my rustic wood slice chalkboard post.}

Chalkboard paint allows you to count down again and again!

Once the chalkboard paint is dry, wind a length of yarn in and around the fence posts … just like a vine would climb in real life.  Use a few dots of hot glue along the yarn vine so it doesn’t droop.  Cut a few small spirals of felt and roll them up to make pretty little felt flowers for your vine and attach with hot glue.

This fun yard is the perfect vine for this cute picket fence chalkboard countdown!

Finally, tie your length of ribbon in the holes so you can hang your sign, decide on the holiday or event to countdown to and then hang your numbers on the middle picket fence posts!  We’ve got 3 days left for our Spring countdown, then we’re moving on to Spring Break, Easter and then Summer vacation!

A picket fence countdown chalkboard is perfect for Spring, Easter, birthdays and more!

Don’t stop at N!  See all of the other fun projects as we close in on Z!!

N-S Craft Month | Crafting in the Rain

N is for Numbers sign ||  Shaken Together
O is for Origami boxes ||  One Dog Woof
P is for Photo Plaque  ||  Kristen Duke Photography

Q is for Quilted egg  ||  Honey Bear Lane
R is for Ribbon frame  ||  Crafting in the Rain
S is for Stick men  ||  Brassy Apple

And you can review the other letters in the series here:

National Craft Month: A- G Projects

National Craft Month: H – M Projects

More chalkboard goodness:

rustic wooden chalkboard sign tutorial at shakentogetherlife.com

Rustic Wood Slice Chalkboard

chalk board bird tutorial at shakentogetherlife.com

Life is Tweet Chalkboard Bird

1st day of school chalkboard photo props at shakentogetherlife

Chalkboard Photo Props

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Comments

  1. This is SO cute, I love it!

  2. What! I had no idea that March is craft month, but now I shall celebrate. I am also celebrating today being Spring Eve Eve.

  3. COME ON SPRING!!!! The snow melted today… fingers crossed!

    That is so super cute, Keri! LOVE it!

  4. Love all the details on here…the tiny flowers, the polka dot ribbon. So cute!

  5. Gorgeous and perfect for Spring!!

  6. Adorable – what a great idea! Your picket fence caught my eye over at the Monday Funday Party.

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