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Santa’s Beard Christmas Calendar Printable

Last year we used my Santa’s Beard Christmas Countdown to mark off the days till christmas.

This year, I decided to change it up a little bit.


I’ve gone black and white.

And added some crosses…

Download my Christmas Countdown Calendar here

It’s chocolate free and lot’s of fun to do.

If you’re short on time, this will make you look like a super mum or dad!

See the tutorial below.



DIY Advent Calendar Countdown

You will need:


Santa Christmas Countdown Printable

24 cotton wool balls

Ribbon or string

Hole punch

Glue stick


Optional holders for glue and cotton wool

Tin can

Washi tape

See the easy tutorial here.


To make the DIY Christmas Calendar:

Download my Christmas Countdown Calendar here


Check out the Christmas Countdown from last year here (it’s a blue and red version, with a mason jar holder DIY).

Then print out on A4 card, I used 200gsm.

Punch a hole in the top with a hole punch.

Add some ribbon through the hole and hang it on a hook and you’re done.

Using a glue stick and add a cotton wool ball every day. Once you’ve made Santa’s beard he will be coming the next morning.

Easy fun with the kids.

Or even the grown ups! (If you’re still a kid like me.)


Now we needed a place to hang this guy.


I wanted to de-clutter my fridge and leave my Magnetic Seashell Clock there on it’s own.


I decided to make a new space for school stuff, dockets, our Family Organiser Calendar and a new spot for this baby.

This was our bag area before…


I’ve been busting to add a sheet of pegboard somewhere for ages.

One day I moved it out of the way to this corner…


Decided it was the perfect spot to live in.

With some help from the big guy, (he made a frame on the back, so there is space to insert the pegs and liquid nailed it to the wall)

The new command centre was born…



My DIY hexagon instagram pics have a new home now.


And I’ll hang a fresh Christmas Calendar below it for the little guy to glue on the beard by himself.



I also needed to make some form of holder for the school documents and dockets that keep taking over the kitchen bench and fridge. So I made up some labels for these clear A5 folders, to match my black and white theme.


DIY Clear Folder Revamp

Print out the A5 Folder Cover Printable here

Purchase an A5 folder as shown in the pics above. I got mine from here.

Lightly spray with adhesive glue and place on the front side of the folder.

Then wrap around like a present.

Use a scalpel to cut the same shape as the folder at the top and cut out the press stud area so you can reseal the folder.

Then stick them on with 3m strips.

Now all the school stuff is in the one spot and neatly packed away.

And those petrol dockets can be easily found….



Phew… it feels great to get that organised.


I’ll put up a fresh Christmas calendar ready for the little guy to start counting down on the 1st December and attach the washi tape holders next to it, filled with cotton wool and the glue stick so he can glue them on himself.

I can’t wait to countdown to Christmas with him again and I hope you enjoy counting down to Christmas with your special people too.

Do you prefer last year’s Christmas Countdown  or this year’s black cross version?


Live with Love,



Please note: This Christmas Countdown printable was free for 2 years.

Last year it actually cost me money to supply it for free, so instead of removing it all together, I decided to add a small fee to the download. Please consider supporting me on Etsy.

When you design and create printables there are always things you need to buy, like paper, printers, ink, computers, cameras and props to shoot with. By supporting me you will help me to continue to create Christmas content like this and share my DIY ideas with you.

But the best bit is….

apart from the lovely new Christmas prints you will have for your home…

you’ll be helping a mum with a small business too. x



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37 responses to “Santa’s Beard Christmas Calendar Printable”

  1. Renee Wilson says:

    I just love that little corner of your house. It looks amazing. So organised. I need to have something like that in my house. I’m starting to forget things. I love the santa advent calendar. It’ll be something fun to do with the kids. Thanks 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Renee, it took me a while to get my act together, but it seems to be working. I hope you enjoy the calendar, my little guy saw me printing this the other day and his eyes lit up. x

  2. Fiona says:

    Ooh I like the santa beard.
    In kinda I remember doing the snip the beard and curl the paper “whiskers” with scissors, and i saw a class doing that last year and i was so happy!

  3. Kate says:

    I love the Santa beard countdown – what a clever idea! Also your DIY command centre is awesome. I’ve had my eye on one of those peg boards for ages and this makes me want to get one even more!

  4. Sarah says:

    I know… right?… I think I could put a peg board in too many places. I know I have to add one in the garage and maybe even paint them. Thanks for your lovely comment. x Have a great day.

  5. Even I could do this… thanks for the suggestion girl! x

  6. Oh this makes me wish I was still teaching! I loved doing fun activities like this with my class. I’m going to forward your link to a few friends who will be able to use it in their classes this year! Love it! xx

  7. Oh man, I just love everything about this. Thank you. I’ll definitely be having me some Santa count down bizz here this year x

  8. So cute! I made a Santa beard fro my boys last year and the two younger ones fought every day over whose turn it was to glue the cotton ball on. I think I need to make a couple this time 😉 xx

    • Sarah says:

      Awwh isn’t that cute, love it when the kids get excited about doing that kind of stuff, it becomes a new tradition and makes great memories. I can’t wait to do this again with my little guy.x

  9. I saw one of these DiYs going around last year, but your Santa is way cuter! His little face, so cute.
    Love your organise center… This feeds my organisation OCDisms like no ones business! Lol

    Plus who fab are 3m hooks. I use the Velcro ones for everything… Seriously, everything. I’ve used them on a canvas so I could cover the fireplace without wrecking it. I use it to hold up the phone ports to keep hidden, even my powerboard for the tv is up on the wall behind my cabinet so it’s not on the floor and visable…. I really should take shares in that company, I keep them in business! Hahaha

  10. I love the peggy board idea! Very clever.

  11. Grace says:

    I’ve been wondering what to do about this year’s Christmas countdown calendar. Thanks for this fab idea!

  12. I love the new black and white design. We did this countdown last year as a playgroup craft and it is such an easy idea for little hands! Instead of messing with glue we just stuck our cotton balls on with double sided tape.

  13. Jacqui says:

    This is so cute! Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  14. Your adorable Santa Printable was just what I was looking for to make a project for my granddaughter.Thanks so much for sharing it. I’ve posted my project on my blog and will be sharing it and I’ve linked back to your post for the printable.

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Beverly… oh I love that you have made the balls magnetic, your grandaughter is so lucky, what a fabulous idea. Love it… and thanks for sharing. x

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    How cute! I love it!!

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Sarah-Preston-TomfoHi I'm Sarah, I'm a blogger and an artist who’s made the sea change and moved to the north coast of Australia. I love an easy DIY and making my house my canvas, my new home has become my greatest project: Yamba Scandi. Come visit me in my shop to view my collection of prints, canvasses, home decor and paper goods READ MORE.

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