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DIY Christmas Countdown Door Hanging: A Unique Holiday Decor Idea


Create a Christmas countdown door hanging with this step-by-step tutorial using ribbon, feathers, poinsettia, and a small chalkboard sign.

Tired of the same old holiday decorations year after year? I can relate. So I was excited when one of my crafty friends showed me how to make a stunning poinsettia door hanging.

A woman holding a flower door hanging for Christmas.
My First Poinsettia Door Hanging

Unlike the typical wreaths that adorn doors during the holiday season, this DIY beauty became one of my favorite displays every year. I even gave it a refresh a few years later with black and white ribbons, a delicate white poinsettia, and elegant feathers.

A diy christmas countdown door hanging black and white with a chalkboard sign and font for pinterest graphic.
DIY Christmas Countdown Door Hanging

The History of Christmas Countdowns

Before we jump into making our DIY Christmas Countdown Door Hanging, let’s briefly explore the history behind Christmas countdowns. It’s always interesting to know where these traditions come from.

Christmas countdowns have their origins in various traditions, and one of the most well-known is the Advent Calendar. The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming” or “arrival.” In the Christian calendar, Advent is a significant time of anticipation and preparation for the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.

The Advent Calendar, as we know it today, originated in 19th-century Germany. Early versions often featured Bible verses or religious images behind each window, fostering daily reflection and prayer during the Advent season. Over time, they evolved to include small gifts or treats, creating a daily delight, especially for children.

As Christmas traditions spread globally, so did the concept of counting down to the holiday. Today, you can find various forms of Christmas countdowns, including Advent calendars, holiday-themed wall hangings, and, of course, the unique Christmas Countdown Door Hanging we’re about to create.

Understanding the historical roots of Christmas countdowns adds depth to our holiday season. Now, let’s move on to crafting our Christmas Countdown Door Hanging!

Supplies needed for a christmas countdown door hanging showing black and white patterned ribbon, feathers, and white flower.
Supplies Needed for Advent Door Hanging

Materials You’ll Need

Here’s what I used to create this unique Christmas Countdown Door Hanging:

  • A white poinsettia
  • Feathers
  • Black and white houndstooth and trellis print ribbons (wide, wire-edged ribbon works best)
  • The jingle bells off of my original door hanging
  • Wire cutters and florist wire
White poinsettia and ribbon for a door hanging.
Flower Placement

Step-by-Step Guide: Creating Your Christmas Countdown Door Hanging

Step One: Ribbon Loops and Centerpiece

Looping ribbon for a door hanging.
Loop Ribbon to Create a Door Swag

Gather your two ribbons and start creating large loops, pinching in the middle to hold them together. Create three loops on each side of the pinched center. (Tip: Hold up the poinsettia to check size and placement before securing it with wire and cutting ribbon from spools.)

A large bow of black and white ribbon being held.
A Large Bow for Door Hanging

Step Two: Ribbon Securing

Secure the ribbon with florist wire, leaving about 18 inches of ribbon to tie bells to.

Securing ribbon loops with florist wire.
Secure Loops with Florist Wire

Step Three: Adding Details

Attach your ribbon tails (you can add additional ones), the flower stem, and feather stems with wire.

Adding stems and feathers with florist wire for a DIY christmas countdown door swag.
Add Stems and Feathers with Florist Wire

Step Four: Adding the Countdown

I had picked up a cute little chalkboard sign when I was in WA a couple of weeks ago and was about to write “Merry Christmas” on it when my clever husband said, “hey, why don’t you write down ’23 days to Christmas?'” Awesome. I knew I married him for the right reasons, and now I have a Christmas Countdown door hanging. Even better.

A beautiful Christmas countdown door hanging with bells and chalkboard sign.
DIY Christmas Countdown Door or Wall Hanging

The Final Result: A Unique Christmas Countdown Door Hanging

Here’s how she turned out! This handcrafted Christmas Countdown Door Hanging is not just a festive decoration; it’s a reminder of the joyous days ahead as we count down to Christmas.

An advent door hanging with chalkboard sign.
Advent Door Hanging

Commonly Asked Questions about DIY Christmas Countdown Door Hanging

1. What materials can I use to customize my Christmas Countdown Door Hanging?

This project is very easy to personalize. Try selecting different types and colors of ribbon, artificial flowers, and other embellishments that go with your holiday decor style.

2. Can I make a Christmas Countdown Door Hanging with my kids?

This is a wonderful family-friendly project. Having your children jump in on the fun can make the countdown to Christmas even more exciting. Let them choose colors, decorations, and even help with the assembly.

3. How do I change the countdown numbers each day?

Simply erase and rewrite the number of days left until Christmas each day on the chalkboard sign.

4. What if I don’t have a door suitable for hanging my creation?

Consider using it as a wall decoration or even as a centerpiece on a table. There are various creative ways to display your Christmas countdown.

5. Can I use real poinsettias in my design?

Artificial poinsettias are definitely recommended for this project since they will last for years. But you can use real poinsettias if you wish. Make sure they are attached to a water tube and check it daily to keep your flower alive all season.

Creating a Christmas Countdown Door Hanging is a fun holiday DIY project that adds a unique touch to your seasonal home decor. I hope you found this guide helpful, and I wish you a joyful and memorable countdown to Christmas! If you have any questions or want to chat, feel free to comment below. Happy crafting!

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  1. This is really cute. We have a Santa that has wooden numbers you change out. No one in the family was ever any good at keeping up with it but my sister. I think it’s cause her birthday is so close to Christmas.

    1. Thanks Aleshea. I can relate to your sister, my twin and I were born on Christmas morning. =) She was the one to put up the tree Thanksgiving evening every year. It helps that I have a huge piece of chalk sitting by the front door too!

  2. This is ADORABLE!!! Love love love! Makes me wish christmas was something we could decorate for year round! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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