Welcome to the first day of my 25 days of Craftmas series. Today, I’ll be showing you how to make this cute magnetic cookie sheet countdown sign. .  This countdown sign is perfect for kids because it helps them count down how many sleeps are left until Christmas arrives. Each morning, they can just move the magnet to the next number until the big day arrives. Do you want to make your own? Read on for the full tutorial.

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The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free!  You can access the library here. Look for the file called Sleeps Until Christmas BA1803. It will be listed under the Craftmas 2021 Category-Day 1.


Open the design in your software program.  I resized the design to about 11.5″ high and left the width proportional.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the stencil with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Once it has finished cutting, weed away the excess vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to pull out the small pieces left inside the letters and numbers.

Cut a piece of transfer tape and place it sticky side up on your surface. Then place the vinyl on top of the transfer tape and smooth it down.

Rub over the design firmly with your scraper tool.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape and vinyl backing.

Now that the vinyl is ready to go, let’s work on the cookie sheet.


Grab your cookie sheet and give it a nice light sanding. You don’t want to press too hard or you’ll scratch it. We just want to roughen up the finish, so the spray paint has something to stick to.

Once you’re finished sanding, brush off the dust and then spray it with some white spray paint. You’ll need to do 2-3 coats. You can paint the top and the sides, but leave the back unpainted.

Once the paint is completely dry, it’s time to add the vinyl lettering. We’re going to be using the hinge method to do this.

Place the vinyl design on the cookie sheet and then place a piece of painter’s tape over the top.

Adjust the design so it’s straight and centered.

Once it’s in place, press the tape onto the cookie sheet.

Next, you’re going to separate the vinyl and the backing from the right half of the design.

Pull the vinyl over the tape.

Then, cut off and remove the backing.

Use a scraper to press the design down. You’ll want to start at the tape and push to the right.

Now, remove the painter’s tape and the rest of the vinyl backing. Use a scraper to press the rest of the design down.

Now, you can carefully pull off the transfer tape.



.Flip the cookie sheet over and glue on some ribbon or rope so you can hang the sign.

Once that’s dry, you can glue some pretty Christmas embellishment onto the top of the cookie sheet.

Now, grab your magnet and you’re ready to start counting down the days until Christmas.

This project is finished! It’s such a cute way to countdown the days until Christmas.


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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library



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