DIY Christmas Countdown Using Jesmonite

Are you as excited as we are for Christmas? In this easy tutorial, our ambassador Hey Maca shows you how to create a unique and modern Christmas countdown using Jesmonite and wood. A perfect decoration for any corner in your home!
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Plus, you can reuse it year after year! Let’s do this!

MATERIALS:

- COLORBERRY Jesmonite Kit
- COLORBERRY pigments for Jesmonite (Pink and Yellow)
- Carton cups
- Gloves
- Scale
- Number mould
- Plywood board (24 x 24 x 1/2 in)
- Drill
- Jigsaw
- Clamps
- Ruler
- Sandpaper (220 grit)
- Drill bit (3/32 in)
- Brass cup hooks (24.5 in)
- Pencil
- Masking tape


STEPS:

Step 1: Make your Jesmonite numbers
Firstly, working with Jesmonite is super simple and FUN!
To get concrete-like numbers for your Advent calendar, you’ll need one cup per colour (we used two colours).
Measure the 60 g of powder and 20 g of liquid, enough to fill two number moulds.
Add a few drops of your desired pigment and stir non-stop until you get a smooth consistency.
Pour the Jesmonite mixture into the number moulds and let it set for 30 minutes. Unmould and let it air dry for a bit.
Tip: If you have sensitive skin, wear gloves when handling raw Jesmonite.


Step 2: Create a triangular base
Next, you need to create your base using a plywood board (we measured the middle, 12 in).
With a ruler and pencil, draw two lines to each opposite end in the shape of a triangle.

Step 3: Cut the wood
Attach the wooden board on a worktable with clamps and cut out your triangle with a jigsaw.


Step 4: Sanding
To achieve a smooth look, sand the edges with 220-grit sandpaper and remove the dust.

Step 5: Mark your 24 numbers
To centre the numbers on the finished triangle, divide the triangle into seven rows of 3 inches each and mark them with a pencil. Add masking tape just above the rows as a guide.

Step 6: Drill
Using a drill and a 3/32-inch drill bit, drill 39 holes to fit your 24 numbers.


Step 7: Get ready for the hooks!
Carefully remove the masking tape and start screwing in all the cup hooks.


Step 8: Finish your countdown
You are now ready to decorate your lovely piece, one number at a time, as a perfect countdown to Christmas!