Friday, December 16, 2022


Hello Doodlebug friends. Advent calendars and countdowns are my favorite things to make during the holidays. I'd never done a slider countdown before and thought it would be fun to make one with some Doodlebug die-cuts from the Candy Cane Lane collection.
For this piece all the die-cuts were mounted to wood and the overall size is approximately 19" x 9".

The three main layers that were used to create this piece are shown below. The first layer includes Santa and his reindeer, as well as some clouds. To define and outline the clouds, I used some chunky and regular twine. 

The second layer is the most fun. With a row of cute colorful houses and vinyl countdown numbers. To help distinguish the houses from the clouds, a grey skyline was cut and mounted to the back. Both of the larger pieces were made with notches at the bottom so they could slot into the base. 

 The base has three rows of slots: the first two for the clouds, the second for the houses, and the third for the car that counts down the days until Christmas.

The back window of the car die-cut was cut out, and small notches were added to the wheels so that the car could easily slide along the countdown. For added interest, some Christmas trees and other die-cuts were added to the piece. 

At the last minute, I decided to add some puffy hearts to the chimneys so made some lollipop shaped pieces to attach to the back of each one.

I also tweaked the design of the countdown strip slightly. This design appears to be more like piles of snow on the side of the road, which was my intention.  

 Here are a few more close-ups of the finished piece.

Thank you for joining me today, and Merry Christmas!



Candy Cane Lane Collection
 Doodle Twine
Christmas assortment Chunky Twine - Red
Puffy Shapes - Hearts
Petite Prints - Linen / Gingham


 White Cardstock


  1. Fantastic project with so many details to catch the eyes, your ingenuity know no bounds.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Such a creative project! Do you have a link as to where we can buy the wood and base?

    1. Hi Kristin, I am pretty sure that Jennifer cut these pieces herself.

  3. OMG, that is sooo cute! And such a great idea using a slider with a little window for an advent calendar. Well done!


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