Create a one-of-a-kind Buffalo Check Christmas Countdown Bingo Board this holiday season to add vintage charm to your holiday decorating! What a fun way to countdown to Christmas!
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I’ve always wanted a Christmas countdown of some sort, but have never made one as yet. So I’ve always marked the days off on plain ‘ol calendars. I mean, it works, but it isn’t very decorative nor exciting.
Then I decided this would be the year to come up with something unique to make this year’s Merry Christmas super complete… but what fun thing could I dream up with crafts that hasn’t already been done yet?
To create a date countdown, it would have to incorporate numbers 1 through 25 of course, for a proper number of days until Christmas day.
And then BINGO! Literally. When I was scrolling some other stencil designs I’ve made in the past, my eyes rolled past the Bingo-star stencil. That sure had lots of numbers.
After counting the squares, I realized that a Christmas calendar of my vintage-inspired dreams could proceed. The numbers 1 through 25 fit perfect on a bingo card! It’s like the Christmas elves made my wish list come true.
So I created a Christmas-themed Bingo card! I couldn’t get this vintage-inspired design done up fast enough!
Christmas Countdown Bingo stencil
The Christmas Countdown Bingo stencil is a vintage-inspired Christmas stencil designed to count down the days until the big day! However the design also has a couple of special features, such as an ornament and Christmas tree that fit inside the countdown squares in case you’d like to make something with them!
Desiring to revamp the vintage aspect even more, I added one more vintage-inspired element that made this project completely sing for the holiday season! Rudolph would be proud.
Here’s what I did:
Buffalo Check Christmas Countdown, Bingo style
Supplies I used:
Antique mirror frame (antique store) but any 17 x 20 picture frame would work
Hemp Oil (get 10% off)
Gathering the supplies
1. Choose supplies large enough to incorporate the Christmas Countdown Bingo stencil.
- The stencil measures 14.3″h x 12″ wide.
My chosen supplies was inspired by a recent
hoard find. I love to shop for price efficient antiques, so when I came across this $12 antique mirror frame, it was coming home with me!
Also in my stash was this massive thrift store found bulletin board on hand in case a project came up, and today was its lucky day!
And this is why it pays to hoard…
Cutting the bulletin board
2. Cut a bulletin board to fit inside a chosen frame. Or you could simply frame a bulletin board!
So the bulletin board was cut down to 19.5″ wide x 17.5 h to fit inside the antique mirror frame.
Painting the bulletin board
3. Paint the bulletin board black or dark grey.
Adding a Buffalo Check Pattern
My first idea was to have it resemble a plain chalkboard… but then I got a fancier idea and decided to add a subtle pattern instead for a cozy look!
How to stencil with a Buffalo Check stencil:
- Position the pattern in the middle of your surface.
- Load the stencil brush with Ash, then remove most on a cloth until brush feels dry.
- Stencil the large empty squares first, then swipe in the direction of the thin lines.
- To continue the pattern, lift stencil and overlap the edges for perfect alignment.
Video: How to stencil with Buffalo Check
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Stenciling the Christmas Countdown Bingo design
5. Position Christmas Countdown Bingo stencil on top of the Buffalo Check pattern, then stencil in a lighter tone so it contrasts well.
Choosing Fusion Mineral Paint’s Raw Silk offered the perfect contrast without being to bright! This Christmas project was vintage-inspired after all…
Doesn’t it look great?! I think so too!
So let’s fit it inside that antique mirror frame to finish this project off right!
Framing the Christmas countdown sign
6. Frame your bulletin board with something.
My cat Sky knew that mirror frame was destined to do greater things than sit hiding in my stash. Good choice, Sky!
I mean, it even has sort of a whimsical festive look, don’t you think?
To enhance the mirror frame, Fusion Mineral Paint’s hemp oil was applied over the wood with a clean rag which really freshened up those pretty edges. Which made the antique mirror frame even prettier!
Aren’t those wood scrolls something though?
And I was not disappointed! That old bulletin board sure took on a whole new look tucked inside this beautiful frame, did it not?!
And what a fit. It’s as if the Christmas Countdown Bingo stencil was made for this project!
Adding Christmas Countdown objects
7. Gather items that can help count down the days that fit inside the squares of the Christmas Countdown Bingo stencil.
And then it was time to bring this project to life.
Among my other
hoards collections, I had these cute vintage locker numbers I had purchased from Switzer’s Antiques a few weeks ago. They ended up being the perfect antique touch for this Christmas countdown.
I also created a mini wreath from a faux evergreen branch cut looped together then tied with a bow to highlight Dec 25th. Instant cuteness!
But because I change my mind 1001 times a day, I decided to celebrate the 25th instead with this cute Christmas tree shaped dollar store ornament stenciled with Christmas Crates, then hemp oiled to bring out a wood tone.
Tied with twine, it’s just my rustic neutral style for where the Bingo board would ultimately go…
Other countdown object ideas:
- Stencil the ornament or tree onto a plain flat craft ornament that can be moved over the squares.
- Pin a Christmas candy, miniature candy cane or bagged miniature cookie on each day. Then enjoy a sugar rush each day in December!
- Attach notes to each day for a fun activity to do together as a family.
- Hang small stocking stuffer toys for kids on each day, such as a hot wheels car or stickers.
- Get some miniature wreaths which would look adorable!
- Hang some pretty miniature jingle bells on each day. Bonus points if they sound nice!
The sky is positively the limit!
The finished Christmas Countdown Bingo Sign!
And here is how this pretty little antique-framed Buffalo Check Christmas Countdown Bingo Board turned out!
Oh my goodness. I am smitten with the subtle Buffalo Checked pattern which I think really dressed the bulletin board background up big time.
And those numbers… I’m obsessed. And need to run back to Switzer’s to find a few more!
And in case you were wondering, the mini Christmas trees in the tin cans are from Hobby Lobby from this Christmas. Aren’t they adorable?
And here is where the Buffalo Check Christmas Countdown Bingo Board ultimately went. It’s nestled beside the flocked Christmas tree, looks as pretty as can be, and chimes in wonderfully with my antique theme this year!
Anyway, I’m so pleased I finally got a Christmas Countdown in the house, and I appreciate you coming over to my place to check it out!
Time to document those shopping days on the new calendar countdown so I don’t miss the big day!
We’re ready for you now Santa Claus… see you with the reindeer on Christmas Eve… for we will be ready for December 25th in fine style this year thanks to the (first and) prettiest Christmas countdown I’ve ever had.
This would make very cute holiday gifts or workshops as well!
But don’t go too far away yet, because there’s a whole lotta fun still below….
Winners of the previous giveaway event: Sandy at Primitive Skate, Marie at Interior Frugalista, and Linda at Itsy Bitsy.
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