How to make Christmas countdown blocks


Supplies List

Christmas themed red and green patterned paper, like First Edition - The Gift of Christmas
Kraft coloured card
Paper trimmer
Bone folder for scoring
Strong glue


1. For the two number blocks, cut card to measure 25 x 6 cm and score and fold at 6, 12, 18, and 24 cm.  Add glue to the 1cm flap forming 4 sides of the cube.

2. For the top and bottom of the cube, cut 2 squares of card to measure 8 x 8 cm, score at 1 cm on all 4 sides, cut diagonally across each corner, and secure in place by adding glue to all 4 flaps

3. Select a quirky font (I used AR Christy) on your pc and print the numbers for each cube on patterned paper.  You need to have 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 on one cube and 0, 1, 2, 7, 8 and either 6 or 9 on the other cube.

4. Trim each number to measure 5.5 x 5.5 cm square, stick to the cubes and ink the edges with a brown coloured ink pad.

5. For the base block cut card to measure 25 x 21 cm, score and fold the long side at 3, 11, 14, and 22 cm, and at 3 and 18 cm at the shortest side.

6. Snip the folds to where they along the long sides and add glue to the flaps to form a box

7. Print ‘Days ‘til Christmas’ on patterned paper, trim to fit the front of the base block and stick in place.

8. Finish by covering the top and sides of the block with patterned paper.


For more Christmas crafting ideas checkout my DIY Xmas board on Pinterest





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How to make a spinning dial card...

Featured in PaperCrafter Issue 81

My Mind’s Eye ‘Cambridge Court’ paper stack or any patterned paper stack
White card
Pink and green coloured card
Decorative brad
Nesting Flower die
Circle die
Leaf die
Sticky foam pads
Clear Alphabet stamps


1. Cover the front of the card with grid design paper and a coordinating 1.5cm patterned paper border across the top.

2. Cut a rectangle of striped paper to 4 x 14.5cm, cut at an angle at one end and stick to the left side of card.

3. To make the spin dial, stamp four chosen greetings around a circle of patterned paper 5cm (2”) in diameter.  Then to strengthen the dial stick to a 5cm (2”) circle of white card.

4. Cut a large flower from pink card and attach it to the back of the spin dial with a brad then to the card front with foam pads.

5. Cut a pointer for the dial from blue paper attaching it to the card near the top of the flower with foam pads.

6. Stamp the main greeting on a strip of white card cut to 8cm x 1.5cm and stick to the card front.  Finish by adding leaves cut from green card between the flower petals.