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Countdown Kit

Posted on: March 25, 2011

 The last creation for my in-law’s was the gift for my father-in-law that pulls it all together and gives him some daily activity to keep him entertained while his wife travels the world.

After much brainstorming I finally decided to make a countdown calendar.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own countdown calendar

  • Spiral Bound Index  Cards (whatever size you find)
  • Stickers (assortment based on the special days you find)
  • Paper (assorted, to print your events on)
  • Glue
  • Gift box (I used a photo box)
  • Materials for projects you choose to include or make as part of the kit
    • I used:
      • Yarn
      • Poly fiberfill
      • Pretty paper – blank
      • Envelope
      • 2 sheets of paper
      • Instructions for drawing a bird
      • Recipe
      • Bottle of salsa
      • Can of Beans
      • Envelope


What to do:

Step One:

Figure out the dates for your countdown. Write them down in a list so you can make notes next to them, like this:

  • Tuesday, April 5 T-15
  • Wednesday, April 6 T-14
  • Thursday, April 7 T-13
  • Monday, April 18 T-2
  • Tuesday, April 19 T-1
  • Wednesday, April 20 T-0

Step Two:

Surf the internet to find websites that highlight the special days during the time that your countdown occurs. I searched Google for “Special events calendar 2011” and for “Fun Holidays Calendar 2011” I was looking for non-traditional holidays, things like Opposites Day, National Walk to Work Day, or Hammock Day. Some of the best sites I found were:

As you find holidays that fit the person or would be fun to include, write them down on the list you created. Keep looking through the list until you have something for every day. If you find that you don’t have enough to fill up your calendar, consider including a special recipe for them to make something you know they like. Buy the non-perishable ingredients for the recipe and include them in the kit. Buy them a television series, DVD, book or magazine and include that on the list of things to do as well.

Step Three:

Now that you’ve got your list (and you found some additional  reasons to craft) it’s time to start building your calendar.

You can either hand write on your calendar the days and your events, or you can use a template in your word processing program to put three index cards to one sheet of 8 ½ x 11 paper and print them out. Put each event on it’s own index card

Step Four:

Decorate with stickers as appropriate

Step Five:

Decorate the cover of your countdown calendar

Step Six:

Collect all the items you need to help celebrate your holidays.

Step Seven:

Assemble all your items in your gift box

Step Eight:

Present your countdown kit to the lucky recipient!

I have a lot of pictures so bear with me on this one, just keep scrolling down to see the Countdown Calendar I created and the final presentation.

Countdown Kit Final Presentation

Countdown Kit Final Presentation


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