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I am so excited about our DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar.
We love to use countdown calendars in our house. When my kids were little, I found them to be of great use to help in their excitement of an upcoming holiday, birthday, event, etc. They were able to see for themselves just how long they had to wait.
There are many types of Halloween Countdown Calendars available online and in stores. Some you are able to change the number of days left, some keep track of the days with a ghost or ghoul hopping around from day to day, and others offer up a treat every day. Although we love the treat calendars we do not do candy, so the toy treats can become quite expensive for each day and it becomes a bit hard finding enough items to last an entire month.
Why We Love This DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar
When I came up with the idea of making our own DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar this year it took me quite a bit to pull it all together. I had several things that I was requiring of this spooky Halloween decoration.
- Easy enough for kids to help
- Not too spooky
- More than just a decoration
- Bright Halloween colors
- Reusable for many years
Well, I think I pulled it off and our Spooky Halloween Countdown Calendar Pattern meets every requirement.
I love how this DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar turned out. I had an idea in my head of what I would like it to look like and it came out even better. The numbers on the left are pockets. Each pocket holds a little ghoul that can be attached to the right side of the calendar with velcro turning this Halloween countdown calendar into a Halloween playset too. This is a not so spooky Halloween decoration that the kids are allowed to touch and play with, which is my favorite kind.
My granddaughter loves it and giggles every time I add anything new to it. She cannot wait to start the countdown to see all of the ghouls.
The last pocket is the 31 Happy Halloween pocket. It is a bit bigger for a special surprise. I usually hide put a treasure map in it to add a bit more fun in finding their surprise.
How to Make A DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar
You can make your own Halloween countdown calendar pattern, it is not as hard as you think. Here are a few steps that I used.
- Determine the size of spooky Halloween decoration.
- Determine what type of Halloween countdown calendar you desire. You can get a few ideas HERE.
- Determine what type of fabric or material to use. Tip: felt is inexpensive and easy to work with making it great for kids.
- Determine your design. Great time to browse not so spooky images on Google.
- Make your pattern.
- Put it all together.
Our Not So Spooky DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar
- 28″ by 36″ piece of orange felt
- 10″ by 26 ” piece of black felt
- brown, green, purple, yellow, white felt sheets
- purple, green, orange, and black glitter glue
- glow in the dark glitter glue
- embroidery floss in an array of Halloween colors
- sparkly green rick rack
- velcro coins
- felt glue
- hot glue and a hot glue gun
- embroidery needle
- tape measure or yardstick
- paper for pattern
Steps to Make a Halloween Countdown Calendar Playset Decoration
Start with the Halloween Countdown Calendar Pocket Panel
- Cut 30 2″ by 3″ pieces of felt in assorted colors for the calendar pockets.
- Using glitter glue in any colors that you choose, number each pocket starting with the number 1 and ending with 30. Let dry.
- Arrange all of the pockets onto your 10″ by 26″ black felt piece. You should be able to fit 3 pockets across with 10 rows down.
- Attach each pocket by putting a dot of felt glue on the back corners of each pocket and attach to the black felt. Let dry. You can skip this step, but I found it very helpful to hold the pockets in place to sew them on. Sew each pocket on with embroidery floss in any color that you choose, leaving the top of each pocket open. If you prefer not to sew, skip the felt glue and use a hot glue gun to glue the sides and bottom of each pocket to the black felt. Remember to leave the top open for the little ghouls.
Do not worry if your pockets or numbers line up perfectly. I actually think it looks a bit more spooky when things are not perfect.
This is what our DIY Halloween countdown calendar pocket panel looks like so far:
Attach the pocket panel to the Halloween Countdown Calendar Background
You can attach your pockets to your DIY Halloween countdown calendar background at this point. You can either use a hot glue gun to do this or sew it on. We have attached ours on the left side of our background leaving a one-inch space around the top, bottom, and left side of the pocket panel for our rick rack trim.
Making the 31st pocket
- Print and trace the template below onto a piece of bright green felt. I used a light colored marker, but you can use pencil, chalk, etc as it will be covered with glitter glue.
- Cut out the template shape on your green felt.
- Using black glitter glue or any color you choose, glue over your traced writing. Let dry.
- Glue the green pocket front onto a piece of black felt. I trimmed all the way around the black felt making it about a half of an inch bigger than the green.
- Lay this pocket on your orange background where you would like to attach it. You can attach it with a hot glue gun or sew it on making sure to leave the top open for a special surprise.
Here is what my Halloween countdown calendar 31st pocket looks like:
As you can see it is not perfect at all, but I still like it. I added some green glitter glue around the edge of the green felt and a bit of glow in the dark glitter glue around the 31 and a lightning bolt. These look pretty cool at night when they glow.
The DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar Spooky Background
How to make Spook Hill
Time to pull the background together. Let’s first start with the ground and the hill that the Haunted House is on. I laid out a piece of purple felt across the bottom of the orange. It has to be tall enough for your hill. I then just drew a curved lined with chalk to create a hill and a lower ground area for the spooky tree. Cut on your line and either glue or sew to the orange background.
How to make a Glowing Moon
Grab a piece of yellow felt and something round about the size of the moon that you desire. I used a lid off of a plastic container. Trace around your round object onto the felt and cut out. Glue this piece to the orange background. I used glitter glue to create a glowing effect on the moon. Squirt a bit of glitter glue on the moon and spread with a brush or your fingers. Spread it out around the moon a bit to create the glow in the sky. This gives your background a spooky glow at night.
How to make a Spooky Tree
The spooky tree is not as hard as it looks, but it had me stopped for a couple of days. I knew what I desired in my head but was unsure if I could make it turn out like that. When I finally went ahead and attempted it I was quite surprised how it turned out. It is my favorite part of the Halloween countdown calendar now. So do not be afraid to give it a go. I do not have a template to share due to the size of the tree.
Lay a piece of black felt the desired size of your spooky tree onto the right side of the orange background. I like the look of just half of a tree as I desired the tree to be big enough to go across the moon and also big enough for an owl to sit in. Draw out a tree shape on the black felt, if you are not happy with any part of it, you can brush off the chalk in that area and draw again. Cut it out and hot glue it down. Again do not worry about perfection, the coolest spooky trees are far from looking perfect.
Making the Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion was pretty simple. I simply took a piece of black felt and cut it to the size I wanted and drew the shape with chalk. I also drew where I would like windows and a door. It really does not matter if your house comes out a bit crooked, I wish mine had, it would look even spookier.
Cut your mansion out, at this point if you would like your door to open you can cut around it but leave one side intact. I glued a small piece of yellow felt to the back of the mansion covering the door opening.
Add felt or glitter glue on the windows, glow in the dark glitter glue adds an eerie glow when it gets dark.
When your windows are dry hot glue or sew your haunted mansion in position.
Countdown the Days
You will also need a way to countdown the days, something to cover up the days gone by. I traced a crossbones pattern and cut 30 of these out of felt. We put these around the outside edge of the calendar so that they are easy to find to mark off each day.
DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar Finishing Touches
At this point, I loved how this project was turning out but it seemed like it needed something. I hot glued a bright green rick rack all around the edge of the calendar. That was exactly what was needed!
Don’t forget to add some loops at the top to hang the calendar with. I made mine out of felt and sewed them on but you can use extra rick rack, twine, rings, etc.