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Christmas Countdown Calendar

Use Mod Podge Photo Transfer to craft this advent calendar counting down the days until Christmas!

At a Glance:

#5746 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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  • Mod Podge Finishes and Formulas Logo

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Mod Podge ® Mod Molds - Alphabet

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FolkArt ® Painting Stencils - Carribbean

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FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Linen, 2 oz.

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FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Warm White, 2 oz.

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Mod Podge ® Photo Transfer Medium, 2 oz.

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Other Supplies

  • Mod Podge Mod Molds - Gems, Item #25118
  • Burlap
  • Laser photo copies of seasonal images 2 ½” x 3”
  • Red grosgrain ribbon ¼”
  • Pinking shears
  • Scissors
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Baker’s twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small eye screws
  • Picture frame with 18” x 27” opening
  • Illustration board the size of the frame back
  • Foam roller
  • Stencil brush ¼”
  • Foam brush
  • Miniature clothespins 1”
  • Muslin
  • Wax paper
  • Sponge
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Foam plates
  • Paper towels
  • Water basin


  1. Using foam brush, apply a liberal, even amount of photo transfer medium to front of trimmed photo copy. Place photo copy medium side down onto piece of muslin. Smooth with fingers and gently roll transfer medium bottle over paper to distribute medium evenly. Repeat process with all images and let cure overnight.
  2. Create numbers for countdown calendar by inserting green melt into glue gun and squeezing into every third number in mod mold. Repeat with the red and blue melt again creating every third number after green. Make multiples of the pearl border from the gems mold using milk glass melts.
  3. Dampen surface of cured paper with a sponge and begin slowly rubbing paper off of photo transfer image in a circular motion. Let paper dry and repeat process until all paper is removed.
  4. Trim excess fabric from image and place on trimmed pieces of burlap. Sew or hand stitch around image leaving an opening at the top. Trim with pinking shears and stuff with polyfil. Glue opening shut.
  5. Create bows from grosgrain ribbon. Glue to transfer side and burlap side over glued opening.
  6. You will need two strips of pearl border six beads long and two strips five beads long to create rectangular frame.
  7. Use hot glue gun to attach one six bead strip at bottom edge of burlap side of pillow, then the two five bead strips vertically inside the bottom strip. Finish with top six bead strip. Glue numbers inside bead frame.
  8. Paint board with Linen using foam roller. Let dry.
  9. Stencil images from Caribbean stencil randomly in Warm White.
  10. Mark five rows equally spaced along inside edge of frame hung vertically. Insert eye screws. Tie lengths of bakers twine to screws making them taut.
  11. Glue stenciled board to back of frame.
  12. Attach pillows to twine with clothespins starting with all numbers facing out. Turn each pillow over as the days count down.

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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.

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