Vivi is terribly excited about wearing her “fwamingo” costume for Halloween. Which means that we hear “Is today Halloween?” about 2005 times per day. Although I know she’s still a little young to really understand the counting down of days, she totally understands counting and days – so why not make a countdown? I’m starting it tomorrow for a one week version – although this could be really cute for a 10 day or even month long countdown for a special occasion.
I found these ‘dancing skeletons’ in the Silhouette library and I liked that they were semi-smiling and dancing – which kinda takes the creepy factor down a notch. I was also super glad to not have to cut their bones out with scissors (because lets be honest… I wouldn’t have. I’d have picked an easier shape – like a full moon…). I used a couple 12×12 pieces of vellum to cut the skeletons and numbers.
Then, using double stick tape, I adhered a number to the front and a skeleton to the back so that he was peeking over an edge of the kraft tag.
As the countdown progresses the numbers are hidden and the skeletons are in full view! Since the vellum doesn’t have a “right” side it didn’t matter if I fliepped them over. If you were using a single sided scrapbook paper or a glitter paper, you’d want to flip some of the skeletons in the Silhouette design studio so that they were “facing” different directions for some variation.
Then the tags were tied with some black and white baker’s twine to a simple dowel (let’s not complicate things, right?) from the craft store and hung from my trusty “hang all the things” nail in my kitchen. I love the simplicity of the color pallet and that it appeals to my “don’t make it all about the kid” decorating ideals since it’s actually all about the kid. From start to finish, it took about 30 minutes because I was juggling lunch and an Instagram fix – so call it 20 minutes start to finish! Happy Counting Down!