I think I made a thousand. Well, not quite, but it felt like it. I have seen these countdown blocks all over the blogging world and have wanted to make them for a long time. I don't know who to credit because I didn't use any one source for this idea.
Most of the ones I have seen use vinyl lettering, but I don't have easy access to that so I had to improvise. (You do realize, of course, that I don't accomplish anything early enough to order the materials.)
I made a set for a friend for her birthday a couple of months ago and I cut out individual numbers--too much work to do again. I also used three blocks with a dowel through them so you could turn the block or change it for the rest of the numbers. It was a little cumbersome, but I loved the dowel and wooden bead on the top. Again, too much work when I am producing on a larger scale.
I didn't take pictures as I went along on this one, but they are pretty easy. Here are the general directions:
In the end, I decided to use two blocks on a base. I painted everything red and I used at least two coats of paint so the red would be vivid. I used the same color of cardstock as a background for every side of each block, but put another piece of cardstock on top of it for more texture. I rounded the corners of all of the squares. I made the cardstock squares into stickers so I could stick one on the other and then easily stick them to my blocks. It was so much faster than waiting for the glue to dry each time. I stamped my numbers on the top layer of cardstock and used Mod Podge over the whole thing. Then, I stamped the numbers again with glue and glittered them. I sprayed a sealer over everything to hold the glitter a little more securely. For the base, I used glittered stickers from Hobby Lobby.
I don't think the picture does them justice because you can't see the glitter, but it is there. The numbers turned out soft and glitter-y and the whole thing is shiny and bright. Perfect little Christmas gift.