Tuesday, May 29, 2012

DIY Birthday Countdown!

This year my little Hailey is turning 3 i can't believe it!  I thought it would be fun to make her a birthday countdown, and she thought it was a good idea too! I had such a hard time coming up with an idea i liked. And honestly if your going the muffin tin route there is so many different ideas out there to decorate the squares. Let's just say i think this countdown is a tradition in the making!

 Since we left the mini muffin tin (in our mad rush out of Idaho)...in the storage unit i opted to use just a regular muffin tin and do the countdown go for 2 weeks before her birthday, i know your wondering there's only 12 spaces! Yes there is, so i bought her 2 smaller gifts that I'll wrap and let her open either 2 days before her birthday or 2 days before the countdown starts...anyways that doesn't matter....lol

Super simple to make i just bought some birthday scrapbook embellishments - thank you Joann's for the 50% off sale you were having that day i decided to go and purchase this stuff....SCORE!

Ever try a cow tail? my friend Hannah introduced them to me maybe i was 12 or somewhere around that age? we'd always ride our bikes to Fabric land (aka Joann's before they changed the name) and we'd always buy them there because that seemed to be the only place that really sold them. Well ever since then I've been hooked!

Patiently waiting to help - Lovin those big blue eyes!

Next i cut out some white poster board (not pictured) 12 squares to fit right next to each other on the muffin tin, and then used some extra paint chips i had laying around to help decorate those plain white squares.

And this is what i came up with...yes kind of a sad sight...i am in NO WAY talented when it comes to scrap booking stuff and making things look pretty with paper and stickers!

Then the fun part! Finding stuff to put in the muffin tin, i just went to a party store - it was fun! 

Next i slapped some magnets on the backs of all those pretty squares so they'd stick to the muffin tin, after doing that i filled the muffin tin with the "surprises" and then placed the squares over it.

 I used a picture stand to set the whole thing on. 

 And there you got it! I seriously can't wait for her to start this countdown she is going to love it!
And like i said earlier there are so many options for decorating the squares, next year maybe it will be a Disney theme...you just never know!

Have Fun! 


  1. wow that is super cute. Hailey is so lucky!

  2. What a colorful fun fun thing you have put together..Lucky little one who's having the birthday!

    at: Like Gramma's House blog

  3. Adorable. I bet she loved it, I know I do. ....I would love if you linked up to my new link party.



  4. So cute! I've seen these before for Christmas countdowns but never thought to do one for a birthday. I loved how you used the paint chips! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark!
    Jenn :)

  5. that is so cute!! found you from the wordless wednesday link up.

  6. This is so cute! How dare you say you are NOT creative!! This is very adorable & Crafty! IMHO
    I do hope you take a few pix of her darling face when she opens some (or all) of those little muffin cups!! I'll bet those beautiful blue eyes are open wide! TFS

  7. I think it looks great! This is such a cute idea to make birthday's a little bit longer. I'm a new follower from Naptime Delights and I hope you'll stop by my new Tuesday's Tidbits Linky Party to share projects like this one!


  8. That is the cutest thing I have ever seen... Love it! My daughter is already asking when her birthday is and it is 6 months away. Ha! New follower from Happy hour... Love for you to follow back!


  9. wow this is so special.. She must be on Cloud 9. :)

  10. So fun and smart!! Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

  11. Absolutely LOVE this idea. And it looks so festive! I'm thinking adapting this idea for a Christmas countdown. Thanks for sharing. Found you on craftionary's linky party.


  12. This is such a cute idea, thank you for sharing!

  13. This is such a wonderful idea and it turned out so cute ( what do you mean you're not good w/ scrapbooking stuff?) This could be adapted for so many countdown things... a big trip, end of school year, Advent. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House.

  14. That is too cute!! I totally need to make one of these for my daughter! Her birthday is June 19th and everyday she keeps asking if its her birthday. She would love to do a countdown like this! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  15. This is such a super sweet idea and my teens said big girls would love this, too. You are never too old I suppose. They said to add nail polish, jewelry, hair clips and on and on. Thank you for the inspiration. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  16. so interesting! I have never seen this before!

  17. How cute is that?! My daughter can't wait for her bday. We will have to make a countdown for her when it's closer to the day. Thanks for sharing at my Pinteresting Party this week.

  18. Oh my goodness this is the cutest idea ever! I love that the surprises are small enough to fit into the muffin tin and your birthday squares are wonderful! Don't apologize for your work, it's awesome! I'm sure she can't wait to open them. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great weekend.


  19. That is such a brilliant idea....love all the stickers and embellishes you added.

  20. This is a really great idea! I love the way it turned out :) Pinning for future reference. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  21. Wow - that is so adorable. And you can do so much with it. Your little girls is SOOOO adorable!!! Wow. I can't get over her blue eyes.

    I'm so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime. I'm your newest follower and I hope to see you next Tuesday!!

  22. Hey there! Love your cute blog! I just added myself to your followers for support and wanted to invite you to come enter a fabulous Steve Madden giveaway I'm having right now!!
    Hope to see you there! And thanks so much lady!

  23. What fun! This is just so, so cute! And I love your little girl's patient blue eyes :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  24. Love this idea and all the cute images and colors. Thanks for sharing this! :D


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