{Countdown to trick or treat

Hey People!

How’re ya? I’m surviving. This is a really busy time of year for me, but it will calm down soon. Probably by January. At least I can hope.

A little off topic but do you know the new iPhone is being released today? Are you getting one? I’m due for an upgrade so I am. I want the silver one. I think it’s cool.

Okay, I’ll get down to business here.

I made this:



It’s a countdown to Halloween thing.



You pop out the number blocks to change them.



This is the back view. I’ll bet you know why I had to put the holes there.

If not, make one without them and you will learn real quick why they need to be there.



You can decorate all six sides of the bottom piece if you want to change it.

After I finished, I realized that if you made the outer box generic, you could just make blocks for each season or event, like a countdown to Christmas, or a birthday or a new baby, or when school gets out.

So if you want the file, you can download it HERE.

I drew it myself. So it isn’t perfect, mmmkaaayy? Remember, you get what you pay for and it’s free. I draw this stuff cause I like to, but I won’t claim to be an expert at it. Otherwise, I’d sell the files and make tons of money and retire on a beach in Hawaii.

In my dreams, maybe.



Make the Cut


Tape, glue, whatever it is you use.


Cut out all the pieces in a sturdy card stock. You can ignore the first tab (parts of box to change size…) . I always stick the pieces there so if I want to resize, I can easily. I actually used white Georgia Pacific 110 lb and then cut the pieces out again with a DCWV cardstock and stuck ’em together.

Cut the 4 outside borders

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and glue and fold them as shown:

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Close up of how each piece is glued.

Next attach the two ends together so you have a square, like so:


Then cut the 4 inner pieces and this time after you make the square, fold the top pieces the other way (mountain? Valley? I don’t know what is what, but follow the picture and you’ll be fine). 20130915-IMG_0301



The inner piece sits inside the outer piece as shown. Mine isn’t glued, but yours should be. Just a note: if you decide to double up the card stock like I did, shorten the height of the inner pieces by .06″ Leave the length the same or it won’t work right.


The inner piece is the cut out from the frame. This one doesn’t have holes in it. You can ungroup everything and delete the holes, but you might not have the best time trying to get the cubes out.



Here’s what it looks like with the inner piece. Use the base square to square up the box and glue it down and then glue everything else down. Then glue the front face piece on top.



This was actually my prototype. I found I had to make the cubes a little bit smaller to decorate them like I did.




Okay, so something I should mention.

If you decide to use the pumpkins to put the numbers on, you will have to put the 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the first cube and the 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 on the second cube. The only problem with this is that you will be able to countdown from 31 but you won’t have 30. It will work if you put 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 on the second cube and use the 6 as a 9. The problem is your pumpkin will be upside down on any of the numbers with 9 in it. I decided to forgo 30 in mine and I just cut out a 3 piece that I’m going to lightly stick over one of the cubes on the 30 day.







Huh. I thought I took a picture of it at an angle where you could see how thick it is, but I guess I didn’t. Oh well. 20130917-IMG_0312


Until next month!

Stay Classy, Sassy, and a little bit smart…. well, you can figure out the rest.


17 thoughts on “{Countdown to trick or treat

  1. Hopefully this isn’t the second comment from me. I made a comment but it didn’t post. Anyway, this is a great file. I would definitely use it for Christmas!

  2. I love this idea, We don’t have kids here anymore, but the idea could be adapted for Christmas or a vacation. What fun!!

  3. What a great file. Thanks for sharing…and I see that a lot of us are thinking about Christmas. That was my second thought (right after thinking how cute this is). LOL

  4. Really cute and really great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Now time to get busy. Can think of lots of reasons to make different ones for lots of people.

  5. This is fantastic! Much easier than wood blocks for a countdown! Thank you for sharing your file and time!

  6. So cute! I love your idea of making the outside generic and using it for multiple occasions. Thanks for sharing your file.

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