Two wooden blacks painted in black and green with the number one on them by Champagne and Sugarplums
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Countdown to Halloween Advent Blocks

Advent calendars are usually reserved for Christmas but these distressed countdown to Halloween Advent Blocks are a fun way to keep track of how many days are left until trick or treating. It’s also a fun way to help keep track of how many days are left to finish up costumes and pick up candy for the big night. Speaking of October 31, get your porch ready for little ghosts and ghouls with our Creepy Spider Planter. Some wood blocks, paint and sandpaper and you are ready to create!

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Halloween advent skull advent on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

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What You’ll Need:
  • Wood blocks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Small plastic skulls
  • Paint pen
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
Wood blocks and green paint pot by Champagne and Sugarplums

Wood blocks painted green by Champagne and Sugarplums

Paint two square blocks in a solid colour and then set aside to dry completely. We chose a bright green as it gives a fabulous pop of colour underneath the black overlay.

Small plastic skulls being painted black by Champagne and Sugarplums

Paint three small plastic skulls black and then let dry.

Painting black paint over green wood blocks by Champagne and Sugarplums

While the skulls are drying, paint black on the two blocks to cover the green and let dry.

Painting a wood base block black by Champagne and Sugarplums

Paint the base block black and then set aside to dry.

Dry-brush black skulls with gold paint by Champagne and Sugarplums

Use some gold paint to dry brush over the skulls. Dry brushing is a painting technique where a dry paint brush is used with a minimal amount of paint. The result is brush strokes that have a scratchy look that lacks the smooth appearance regular painting commonly has.

Distressing a wood block with sandpaper by Champagne and Sugarplums

Use sandpaper or a sanding block to remove some of the black paint to reveal some of the green underneath, giving them a distressed look.

Collage of stenciling numbers onto wood blocks by Champagne and Sugarplums

Stencil numbers onto the Halloween blocks. One block should have numbers 0 through 5 and the second should have 1,2,3 and 0.

Writing onto wood base block with a paint pen by Champagne and Sugarplums

On the base block, write ‘Day Til Halloween’ with the paint pen or stencil.

Gluing mini plastic skulls onto a wood block by Champagne and Sugarplums

Lastly, glue the skulls to the side of the base in a tower.

Halloween advent skull advent on a white concrete background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Halloween blocks skull advent on a dark background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Halloween advent skull advent on a bench in front of a window by Champagne and Sugarplums

Let the countdown begin – we hope you have fun making these Halloween Advent Blocks – happy crafting!

Happy Halloween written on a background of orange pumpkins

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