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Chalkboard Christmas Countdown Charger

Christmas chalkboard free downloadI know I already shared a great giveaway today.. but I have ANOTHER one!  Yes!  I know, I told you I was feeling like Oprah.  (Details on how you can win this awesome stuff are at the bottom of this post!)Decembergiveaway250

But first I have to show you my latest Silhouette project for this month’s Silhouette challenge.   A dollar store charger that I turned into a chalkboard countdown calendar! Christmas chalkboard plate
I am actually including the cut file for this design (already laid out for a standard sized plastic charger) so when you win the machine, you will already have your first project ready to go!

Before you apply the vinyl you first have to turn the charger into a chalkboard.  And it couldn’t be easier. You only need three things.  Sandpaper, painters tape and spray chalkboard paint:Chalkboard charger suppliesNext you need to tape off exactly where you want the chalkboard to end (I wanted it down in the “indent” area of the charger). I found a small salad plate that was just about the right size and made a rough outline in painter’s tape:
Plate circle as template for chalkboardNext, using a razor blade or exact knife, cut the outline of the smaller plate.  (It is pretty easy to do this using the plate as your guide):Razor blade to cut circle
After you remove the tape from the cut you should have a perfect circle.
Taping off circle for paintingNext, to help the paint I adhere, I roughed up the surface with some medium grit sandpaper.  By doing this after the taping the part of the charger you aren’t going to paint is protected:
Sanding charger before painting
To protect the rest of the edge of the charger (and not waste tape) I just wrapped it in aluminum foil, and then sprayed away:
Spraypaint chalkboard paintit took me three light coats for full coverage (you want it thick since if you are writing on it with chalk, you don’t want it to scratch off!

Now onto the vinyl!  I used Oracal 631 for this (non permanent vinyl) just because I had it and I wasn’t worried about wear and tear.  You could use 651 or Silhouette brand vinyl as well.  It doesn’t matter.

Here is what the entire design looks like ( it is larger than 12 inches so you can’t cut it as one piece)Plate layout
Therefore I split the file apart along these lines:
Plate pieces layoutAnd rotated so they would all fit into one 12x12 area (easy if you are only comfortable cutting on the mat:
How to cut apart
Therefore when you open the cut file to download, this is what it will look like:
Actual cut file
Makes sense right?

Okay then.  HERE ARE THE FILES! 

First things first, cut out and attach the words to the chalkboard part of the plate (you can put them anywhere really, I smooched them down to leave lots of room, but you could put them higher:
Days until christmas countdownThen cut apart the rest of the design (just like I indicated in the illustrations above):
How to cut templateAnd then I lined them up on my plate to make sure I had everything correct:
Snowflakes on charger
Using transfer paper or contact paper you can then transfer the snowflakes over.  And that is all there is to it.  KimsixDecemberSilhoueteI put it in a little vignette with some dollar store ornaments sorted by color.  I think it is super cute!
Days until christmas chalkboard
Yikes! I can’t believe there are less than three weeks until Christmas!
Chalkboard countdown christmas
You could add a bow or something to make it extra fancy, but I like the simplicity.
Christmas Countdown chalkboard

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Reinvented Elf on a Shelf Book Cat-Shaped Ornament Stamped Christmas Towels M&M Milk Bottle Teacher Gift 3D Holly Berry Ornament Deer Silhouette Mirror Silhouette Christmas Craft with Double-Sided Adhesive Winter Village Display Wood Grain Nativity DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway Gift Tags Chalkboard Vinyl Christmas Signs Personalized Christmas Ornament DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments DIY Nativity Candle Jar Sleeve Chalkboard Charger Inspiration + Giveaway Christmas Countodwn Festive Advent Christmas Decor AND A Giveaway! All Hearts Go Home Luminarias Deer Silhouette Vinyl Wood Slice Ornaments Some People are Worth Melting For Olaf (Frozen Inspired) Ornament Personalized Pajamas with HTV 3D Reindeer Shield Decoration Trendy Christmas Cards with Silhouette + Free Cut Files Let It Snow Mitten Banner DIY Christmas Coasters Elf on the Shelf Wardrobe Simple Ornaments Stenciled Santa Sack Put on your Yamika! Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card DIY Nativity Shadowboxes Monogrammed Drop Cloth Christmas Tree Skirt Canvas Wall Art for the Holidays 1. Pineapples and Pinecones // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Architecture of a Mom // 4. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 5. Two Purple Couches // 6. Chicken Scratch NY // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. One Dog Woof // 9. Ginger Snap Crafts // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 12. Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body // 13. weekend craft // 14. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Living My Given Life // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. The Kim Six Fix // 19. Home At Eight // 20. Queen of Everything // 21. Tried & True // 22. McCall Manor // 23. unOriginal Mom // 24. Create it. Go! // 25. From Wine to Whine // 26. GetSilvered // 27. It's Always Ruetten // 28. Nearly Handmade // 29. Mama Sonshine // 30. Silhouette School // 31. It Happens in a Blink // 32. Create & Babble // 33. Sowdering About // 34. Where The Smiles Have Been // 35. My Favorite Finds // 36. Lil' Mrs. Tori // 37. Designed Decor

Silhouette Giveaway!

And I've saved the best for last.  My Silhouette Challenge buddies in partnership with Silhouette America are hosting a mega-huge giveaway for not one...but two winners!  The prizes up for grabs? First prize: The NEW Silhouette Cameo Machine and Designer Edition Super Bundle!  $406.93 value.
  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Designer Edition Software
  • Dust Cover
  • $25 Download Card
  • Four Essential Silhouette Tools (hook, spatula, scraper, pick-me-up™)
Second prize: Silhouette Portrait Machine and Rhinestone Starter Kit!  $219.98 value. Pretty sweet, huh?  We want you to have the chance to get that Silhouette machine that might still be on your wish list. To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below or at this link.  Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 42 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power.  So, hurry up and enter! {This giveaway runs from today through Monday, December 15th at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older with a U.S. or Canada mailing address. You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the widget below.} a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! 

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