I’ve made it a tradition to make an advent calendar for my favorite holidays and events. I’ve been making custom designed magnetic favor tins with a fun surprise each day inside the tin. Each day there is a different activity, treat, or something special to unveil.
Check out the other countdown’s I’ve put together:
- Christmas Advent – Each day had a fun activity to do to celebrate the season
- Valentines Day Countdown – Each day was a reason why we love each kid
- Easter Countdown – Each day had a treat
- Birthday Countdown – Each day had a treat and something special about the birthday boy or girl
For Halloween, I decided there are enough treats throughout the month and I don’t feel creative enough to come up with 31 activities to do each day, so I decided the surprise in the tin would be a new joke each day. The jokes are totally cheesy and are perfect for kids.
Halloween Countdown Tutorial
- 2″ Round Tins by Wilton
- Free Halloween countdown printables (see below)
- 2″ Fiskars Squeeze Circle Punch
- Mod Podge
- Magnetic Board
- 10×20 Frame
- Metal Sheet (I picked up a roll from Lowe’s in the roofing section)
- Metal Cutters
Print the Halloween patterns for the favor tins then cut the numbers into a circle shape using a 2″ circle paper punch. My favorite paper punch is this squeeze punch by Fiskars.
Cover each circle with Modge Podge.
Place into the top of the favor tin so it is attached to the clear plastic.
Let the Modge Podge dry.
While the tops of the tins are drying, tape the jokes to the bottom of the tins.
Once the tops are dry, tape the punchlines to the lids of the tins. When you open the tin, you will see the joke at the bottom of the tin and the punchline will be in the lid.
Glue the magnets onto the tins with E-6000. I’ve tried to glue the magnets with a hot glue and some of the magnets peel off.
With 31 tins, I needed a larger magnetic board than I’ve used with the other countdowns I’ve created. I used math to calculate how large of a board I would need. It turned out that a 10 x 20 frame would work perfect and I happened to have one on hand. Score.
Measure a metal sheet (I picked mine up at Lowe’s in the roofing section) to the appropriate size, then cut with metal cutters.
Place the metal in the frame so the metal is flush with the frame.
Place the tins on the metal frame and…
you are ready to countdown to Halloween!
Download Halloween Countdown
Download Halloween Jokes Printable Circles
Download Halloween Joke Punch Line Circles
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Megan @Chaos Served Daily says
This is beyond fabulous…thanks so much for sharing the printables!
I love these! I recently found those Wilton tins on sale and I was very tempted to grab them up but I thought to myself I needed to have purpose for them first… and now I do! Hope they are still at the store! 😉
Awesome project. I think the jokes are an adorable idea!
absolutely love this- what a great idea to have little jokes in there! Found you on the tater tots and jello party!! =)Tiffany
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Bonny @ thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com says
This looks like so much fun, and your tutorial is great! I hope you’ll share this idea at Mar’s Linky Party where I’m co-hosting this week. It would make a perfect fit with the child-friendly posts:
Ooooh I would love if you would share this post as well at my Pin Party. These calendars are so cute and I love the jokes inside.
Leslie Stewart says
Absolutely the cutest thing ever! I’d like to invite you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at http://www.houseontheway.com. Hope you can join in on the fun! It would make a great addition to the party!
Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise says
That is super cool, if not ambitious!
Awesome! My weekly linky party–One Creative Weekend–has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit “One Creative Weekend” on OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.) There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.
Such a fun idea for halloween and totally pinned!
Linking back to this fabulous post today!!