Christmas Countdown Light Strand

Hello and welcome back to the blog today! Chantalle with you, to share a sweet and simple, festive idea. I’ve used a PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand, my computer and some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper to create a light-up countdown calendar, which will make the long wait for the jolly man in red, just a bit more fun!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Print off numbers or phrases to switch out daily in the lead up to Christmas!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve combined my numbers with the word ‘sleeps’ to let my kiddos know how many more agonizing sleeps there are to go!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started by heading off to a free font website like DaFont or Squirrel Fonts and checking out their festive options. There is a huge variety of scripts, ornamental and decorative typefaces to choose from!

I then went about measuring the little lightboxes in the Photo Strand with my Supreme Ruler and then set some text inside coloured boxes to fit. (I have used Illustrator but you could also use any word processing programme.) I printed these boxes off onto some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper, making sure I printed on the more matte side. Note: If you print on the shinier side, the ink does not adhere to the paper. Fear not though, I made the mistake and the ink wiped off with a baby wipe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Supreme Ruler again to trim up all the little films and then placed the ones I was going to be using straight away, on to the photo strand.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On either end of the strand, I thought it would be cute to pop a little festive icon, like this mistletoe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The spare numbers are stored in a little acrylic box. I think this photo strand would make for a great gift. Giving the numbers all prepared in this way is super easy for the recipient to change up the message. Print off multiple copies of the alphabet and you’ve got a great teacher’s gift! The Photo Strand is perfect for any number of occasions!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

And now let’s dim the lights please….

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
My calendar really comes to life when it’s switched on!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You could hang it up indoors or bring it outside for some festive cheer. The battery pack makes it fully portable.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Just a few more sleeps!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Dear Santa, I’ve been pretty good…

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Supreme Ruler

PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper

PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand

 

 

 

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