Are you headed to Disney this summer? Count down the days to the magical adventure with this DIY Disney countdown clock!
Planning a Disney vacation soon? Count down the days until your trip and stay excited with this homemade Disney countdown clock! All you need are a few pieces of wood, some paint, and your Cricut or Silhouette! The cut files are available below!
How To Make A Disney Countdown Clock
- Time spent doing stuff: 30 minutes
- Time spent waiting around: 30 minutes
- Total project time: 1 hour
- a Cricut cutting machine and basic toolset
- Disney Countdown Clock cut file (grab it below)
- acrylic craft paint
- 2 to 4 wooden cubes
- scrap wood for the “Days until” and “Disney” blocks
- adhesive vinyl (you can get it online from Cricut or Expressions Vinyl, or you can find it in most craft stores)
The first and most important question before you start your project is “How many blocks do I need?” The answer depends on how many days you need to count down. 🙂
To count down from 43 or lower: You only need two cubes to count down from 43, but you have to be careful. The 6 needs to be able to be turned upside down so it can serve as a 9, and you have to put specific numbers on each cube. If you put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on the sides of one cube, and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, and 0 on the other cube, you’ll be able to make every number from 43 to 1 without any problems!
To count down from 110 or lower: You need three cubes for this, and again, make sure your 6 can be flipped over to serve as a 9. Make the first two cubes as described above, and put the numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 0 on the third cube.
To count down from 443 or lower: This is how I made the Disney countdown clock in the photos, and you need four cubes for this. Make sure your 6 can be flipped over to serve as a 9 again, and just make two sets of the “43 or lower” cubes.
The cut file below provides enough numbers to make up to 4 cubes, and the 9 can be flipped over to be a 6, so that file will give you everything you need to make a Disney countdown clock!
Grab the cut file
Disney Countdown Clock Cut File Bundle
Start by painting your wooden blocks. You can use any colors you want; I made the two large blocks white and the cubes in red, yellow, and blue.
While the paint is drying, use your Cricut or Silhouette to cut out the vinyl words and numbers. (Grab the cut file above).
Once the vinyl is cut, weed away the background vinyl and then use washi tape or transfer tape to transfer the vinyl to your painted blocks.
Use the same process to attach the vinyl numbers to the cubes. The cut file is set up with a square around each number, so you can either use the vinyl number, or you can peel the number away and just use the square with a number-shaped hole in it.
Both the numbers and the word “Disney” are in the Disney font, and I love it!
Once the vinyl is on your blocks, stack them up, flip the numbers to the right amount of days, and you’re done!
What do you use to count down to Christmas, birthdays, or other occasions?
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DIY Disney Countdown Blocks (Plus Cut File)
- any Cricut cutting machine
- basic Cricut toolset
- craft paint
- 1 sheet adhesive vinyl white, for the number blocks
- 1 sheet adhesive vinyl any color, for the words
- transfer tape
- 2-4 wooden blocks
- 2 pieces 2×4 scrap wood about 8"-12" long
Cut File And Fonts
- Disney Countdown Clock cut file
- Waltograph font
- Minya Nouvelle font
- Download the Disney Countdown Clock cut file bundle and fonts used in the cut file. (Links in the Materials section above.)
- Figure out how many wooden blocks you need for your countdown clock. This tutorial shows making a countdown clock using four blocks (counts down from 443 days or less), but the Notes section below explains how to figure out how many blocks you need based on how many days you are counting down.
- Paint all of your wooden blocks and the two scrap wood boards.
- Using your Cricut or Silhouette, cut out the Disney Countdown Clock cut file from adhesive vinyl. You can use two separate colors for the words and numbers, or use one color for the entire file. Once it's cut, weed away the background vinyl and cut the words apart from the rest of the design.
- Apply a piece of transfer paper or washi tape on top of the "days until" words, then carefully peel the transfer paper and vinyl words off of the backing paper.
- Position the vinyl words in the center of the side edge of a 2×4 block. Press firmly across all the letters until the entire word is firmly attached.
- Carefully peel the transfer paper away from the block, leaving the vinyl words attached to the block. Repeat these steps to apply the "Disney" word to the second 2×4 block.
- Use the same process to attach the vinyl numbers to the cubes. The cut file is set up with a square around each number, so you can either use the vinyl number, or you can peel the number away and just use the vinyl square with a number-shaped hole in it.
- Stack up the blocks and turn the number cubes until the correct number of days is showing, and you're done!
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