Printable Birthday Countdown Chain + 8 Birthday Experience Ideas

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Birthday Countdown IDeas

Raise your hand if you’ve ever made a countdown chain! You know… the slips of paper that, when looped into circles and linked together, make a giant chain that you can use to countdown to something? The idea is to rip off a chain for each day that passes until the chain is all gone and the event is reached. Yep, those chains! While some might consider this to be a childish activity, we’re here to propose that it can be for ANYONE! Most especially, birthdays!

We came together and decided that enough was enough, we just HAD to make an epic (and FREE) birthday countdown chain for all to enjoy! With this birthday idea, you, or the birthday boy or girl, will be celebrating all week (maybe more!) and have TONS of fun along the way!

Birthday countdown idea to help celebrate a child's birthday| The Dating Divas
Kids celebrating a birthday with a birthday countdown
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How to Make a Birthday Countdown Chain

Making this adorable birthday countdown is as simple as 1, 2, 3. You will need:

  1. Your FREE birthday chain printables (linked below)
  2. Scissors
  3. Tape

Super easy, right? Now on to assembling the actual birthday chain!

We created the most adorable printables to make your countdown chain that much cuter. The monochromatic designs of each strip make me so happy, and the colors have enough variety to work for everyone in your family. Talk about perfect!

Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post and find the big pink download button to access your birthday chain links.

Put together a birthday countdown chain. | The Dating Divas
Fun birthday countdown chain

After you’ve downloaded and printed your birthday chains + decals, cut everything out! We like using a paper cutter to get our lines nice and straight.

After you have your strips cut, loop the first one into a circle and secure with tape (you could also use a stapler). Keep feeding the strips through the circles, and tape them to make new links. These are smaller rings, so it makes a little mini-chain when you link them all together.

Customize the birthday countdown by adding as many candles as you need. | The Dating Divas
Different candle options on a birthday countdown chain

If you want to hang it up, we have two different options for you: a circle print that says “Happy Birthday” or a simple cupcake. You can even add on additional candles to represent how old the birthday person is turning.

Wah-lah! Your birthday chain is complete! But wait! That’s not all this birthday chain can do…

How to make a Birthday Countdown Special

In the past, we have written sweet notes on the inside of the paper chain, and that is a tradition we want to continue. But we also wanted to add something new.

Each family member will love these birthday countdown ideas. | The Dating Divas
Birthday countdown ideas for everyone

Introducing: Pre-made Birthday Countdown Ideas! In addition to the 14 blank rings, included in your free download are 8 exciting birthday ideas already printed on the rings. Check out these fun ideas!

  1. Go out to eat
  2. Buy your own $10 gift
  3. Choose a game to play
  4. Skip a chore
  5. Eat your favorite dessert
  6. Choose a show to watch
  7. Go visit somewhere new
  8. Try a new activity

Each day when your sweetie or kiddos remove a link, they can discover either a handwritten note or an exciting birthday idea to do for the day. How fun, right?

Extra Birthday Card

There are so many ways to make birthdays special in addition to the chain. We wanted to include a sweet card that you could gift your “cupcake” as well! Once you cut it out and fold it in half, you have a blank card to write your well wishes for the birthday boy or girl.

A birthday countdown can't be complete without a birthday card. | The Dating Divas
Give a card along with a birthday countdown

Are you reading for the birthday countdown chain to become a tradition in your home? We’re thinking it just might!

Enjoy celebrating birthdays with these fun new birthday countdown ideas!

Before you go, if you need more birthday inspiration, make sure to check out some of our favorite go-to birthday ideas:

Celebrate with a birthday countdown. | The Dating Divas
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Birthday Countdown Chain

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  1. Hey, I’m from Pakistan. This is so adorable, can you email me its link? I want to use it for my husband’s birthday, its his first birthday after our wedding. Can I please get it?

  2. hi! I’m trying to download this beautiful ban for my boyfriend! Could you please send me an email! Thank you!

  3. Hey ladies! I love this idea but the last 2 pins no longer exist. I followed you on pinterest and pinned the first two! Could I please have it emailed πŸ™‚ ?

  4. Can you email me the birthday chain? I followed the steps but I don’t know what I didn’t do correctly. I didn’t get a link??? Thank you!

  5. I know this is an older post…but my kids birthdays are coming soon and this would be so FUN! I did the required steps (though Pinterest said it couldn’s find the 101 Camping Tips page)…is there a way to still get the birthday countdown printable? The form you have to fill out is coming up with an error message on my end. =(

    1. Lindsey, you’re in luck! We decided to extend this “freebie offer” Fill out the form above to get your free printable. πŸ™‚

  6. I linked to all of the pinterest items and pinned each one and followed you…then I got a link to download an installer which I did and tried to get me to download a bunch of other uneccessary things. I did download the installer then I did not end up with the banner.

    Can you send me the link? My son’s birthday is this week and I would love to use it.

  7. Hi,
    I didn’t get anything after I pinned them and for some reason. I love this idea too! I think my spam or something is blocking you and I can’t undo it πŸ™ Help!

      1. I didn’T get this printables after do all the things you say πŸ™ Before read this post i followed you page on pinterest, plese help me πŸ™

  8. OMG – this is seriously adorable! I’m going to be printing this for my husband and hang it in our room for him. It will be fun thinking of all those little love notes to leave for him about how grateful I am to have him in my life. Thanks for the freebie!

  9. I have pin all that was asked and clicked follow, however I am unable to see my Pinterest URL on my iPad. Dose anyone know how to access your URL on the iPad.

  10. I am with all the others clicked right through everything and missed it all. πŸ™‚ Can you also email it to me? Thank you so much!

  11. I copied the link but when I used it I couldn’t get anywhere? I also can’t remember my password. Help, Please.

  12. I went through all the steps and I know the password, but I got a little too clicky and missed the link. Anyway you could help a girl out? Thanks! This is super cute!

  13. May I have an email with the link to the countdown? I completed all the tasks but didn’t copy the link like I should have. I do have the password.

  14. SO CUTE! Cant wait to use it, but.. Oops.. clicked enter rather than on the link, can you please email it to me?!

  15. Sadly have no idea how to pin (not very tech swavy at all)!!!!!
    This would be wonderful for my little one as we count sleeps till his bday ;(

    1. Hmmm…. I’m not sure what the problem seems to be. I keep checking and it’s working on my end? No worries though- I just sent you an e-mail with the info. πŸ™‚

  16. I had same problem, did all the required steps; clicked on the smile link but did not take me to the printable? Can you help?

    1. After you click on the “smile” entry- it will give you a link and a password. Make sure you grab both. Go to the link and enter the password in all caps. Just sent you an e-mail- in case you need more help. πŸ™‚

    1. After you click on the “smile” madatory option- it should give you a password and a link. Go to the link and type in the password. I’ll e-mail you to make sure you got it.

      1. I was click happy as well and went right past the “Smile” without grabbing the password. Can you send it to me?

  17. same problem here… did all required, pasted link but don’t see where i put the “smile” to get the download?? did I miss a step?

  18. Maybe I got lost but I did all 3 entries & have no idea how to get the countdown. I received the code but don’t know where to go to use it. Please help!

    1. Hi Brittany! After the third entry did you get the link and the password? Go to the link and insert the code in ALL CAPS and you’ll have access to the freebie. I just sent you an e-mail with more info, in case you need it. πŸ™‚

  19. I did all that was required but I’m confused on how I get the free birthday countdown chain. Can you help me please? Am I missing something??

    1. After clicking on the third entry you should have gotten a link and a password to access your freebie. I just sent you an e-mail. πŸ™‚

  20. Hello,
    I Love this! It’s so cute!
    I tried typing in the link, but nothing came up.
    Can you please email it to me?

    Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  21. I got click-happy and didn’t get to write the password down. I can’t get back to the smile! part to get it. What can I do?

  22. This is awesome! And I did everything required but forgot to write down the link and password. (sorry) Can you can send me the link and password please? Thank you.

  23. Hmmm… not sure why so many people are having trouble. I just checked and it seems to be working on our end. I sent you an e-mail with all the info you should need. Definitely let us know if you have any more problems getting your hands on this freebie. πŸ™‚