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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Halloween Countdown

I just participated in another Craftster swap, one in which you send one awesome item to your partner. One thing about my partner, she is a huge Halloween fan. I love working on Halloween crafts no matter what time of year it is, so I decided to make her an October calendar that she can use every year.

The calendar consists 31 ATCs, bound together with a Bind It All, and mounted on a collapsible cardboard frame. I also included a little costumed rat, to keep her company.

The back cover folds up to create a triangular stand for the pages. Each day in October, she can flip one over as Halloween approaches. I used playing cards for the bases of the ATCs. They're just the right size, and it's easy to quickly cover them with scrapbook paper and then cut them out. I didn't cover the backs because I don't mind the way they look, and the cards would be way too fat with all that extra paper involved.

Here's the calendar on October 1:

on the 5th:
And on the Halloween itself:

I really had fun making a card for every day of October. Here are all the cards before they were bound:

I hope this gives her many years of Halloween joy.


  1. Hi, Kristin. I love this idea. In fact it would be cute to make one for each month of the year. Would you be able to explain the way you made the back/stand? I would like to make one of my own. Maybe an Easter one or at least a May / July one (patriotic). :)

    1. I'll do my best to explain: I used three pieces of sturdy cardboard and bound them like you would a book cover. If you look at the second picture, you can see that they're spaced far enough apart so that the back can fold correctly. At the bottom of the picture, you can see a little tab on one side of the cardboard. If you look closely, near the wire binding you can just barely see a slit that's the perfect size for the tab to fit into. When the back is folded into a triangle, the tab fits into the slit to make the stand. There was a bit of trial and error involved in this process. If you make one, I suggest making sure the cardboard is cut correctly and the tab and slit fit well before actually covering the stand with paper. Hope this helps!

  2. I love this....numbers 10 and 11 are my favs. :-D

  3. Boy, do I LOVE this!!! Halloween is my very fav holiday, and I'm thinking I need to make one of these for myself. What a FANTASTIC project!!

  4. Oh yes. This is the bees knees. Love it!

  5. I'm trying to make one of these for my DD who loves Halloween. What type of glue did you use? I'm having trouble getting the paper to stay stuck to the cards since they are shiny. Thanks!

  6. I used a glue stick. You're going to hate this part, but you need to lightly sand each card in order to make the glue adhere well.


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