DIY Vacation Countdown

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A Vacation Countdown For Your Home

Build up the anticipation with a fun vacation countdown display for your home! Having a trip countdown is not only a reminder to help keep you organized and on track, it also gives you an extra little boost of excitement every time you see it! This DIY vacation countdown printable is FREE and all you have to do is grab the supplies and put it together in a snap!
A FREE printable vacation countdown for your family's next big trip! LOVE building up the anticipation to our next big family vacation and there's a BONUS printables to make a matching travel fund jar, too! #TheDatingDivas #VacationCountdown #TravelFundJar

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My hubby and I are travel-oholics! Planning a vacation together as a couple is a major priority for us. Every year we plan our vacations up to a year in advance and then spend the rest of the year looking forward to the big day. Sometimes the planning, preparing and anticipating is just as fun as the vacation itself!

To help us countdown to our next big vacation, I worked with our newest Diva Designer, Courtney at All Things Bright and Beautiful to create a vacation countdown that I can use again and again for all our future trips! I was so pleased with her design and the final product! And the best part is – it was SUPER easy to make! If you want to make one for your family’s next vacation – here is what you do . . .



  • Vacation Countdown & Travel Fund Jar Printables (downloads are at the bottom of this post)
  • 8.5 x 11 inch Frame (with the glass removed)
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Cork Roll
  • 7/8″ Cup Hooks
  • Corner Punch(optional)
  • Jar (optional) 


Take your 8.5 x 11″ frame and remove the glass from the frame.


Take the picture insert or the backing to serve as a template and then cut the cork roll.


Lay your frame facing down & place each piece into the frame in the following order: Vacation Countdown Printable,  cork roll, frame backing & secure these into the frame.


Now your frame should looking something like this.


Take the 7/8″ cup hooks and decide exactly where you want them. Press them through the vacation countdown printable and into the cork piece twisting them until secure. Because my family starts counting down up to a year in advance I put 3 hooks on mine, but you could just do 2 if you wanted!


Take your numbers printables and cut them out. Use your hole puncher to punch a hole at the top of the tag.


I am never good at cutting straight, so I used my favorite tool: the corner rounder! It made each number card look unified and professional! It is a miracle worker!


There you have it! Your very own vacation countdown!


Now, at our house one of the reasons we start planning so much in advance is so that we can save our pennies for the big trip. Literally saving pennies! To motivate me to store away some of that much needed cash, I made this travel fund jar!


Just insert the world map printable into the jar (it should naturally wrap around the inside) and then use double sided tape to attach the  “Travel Funds” label around the outer portion of the jar.


Then – start adding the cash! Every penny counts, right? Your vacation fund jar is complete!

Wasn’t that all so easy? Now the hard part is waiting for the vacation to start!


For a full video tutorial on how to make your own vacation countdown and travel fund jar, check out this video from our recent Facebook Live:

To get these adorable printables that Courtney made download them below!

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DIY Vacation Countdown

Printables Designed By Courtney @ All Things Bright and Beautiful Exclusively For The Dating Divas


I met my husband, in a beginning ballroom dance class at the age of 15. He was my first crush, my first date, and twelve years (to the day) later we married. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a spunky little boy. I love dancing, hosting parties, photography, organizing & chocolate!

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  1. Love this! Got all my supplies but having trouble finding just the right picture frame. I know this was posted quite awhile ago but do you happen to remember where you got your frame?

    1. I am so glad you found this! I got this particular frame at Hobby Lobby. If you can’t find a frame that fits the printable perfectly, you could always trim it down a little to a smaller size. Good luck!

  2. I love this countdown but would love to be able to change “vacation” to “retirement”. Any chance you have one for retirement?

    1. Hello, Karen! Congrats on the approaching retirement! That is a huge accomplishment. It is definitely worth counting down to. Unfortunately, the designs are not customizable, although, retirement is the ULTIMATE vacation so the countdown might still work for you! We currently have ours on display counting down to my husband’s graduation aka vacation from school. Maybe you could do something like that as well?

  3. Just finished my Vacation Countdown kit! I love the idea and we had just booked our travel for this coming Christmas so the timing was perfect. I added a laminated hanging tag for our destination so we can use this year after year! I made ours to hang on the end of our kitchen cabinet since we don’t have a lot of shelf space. Using clear command hooks I already had, made this project one that I didn’t have to buy a single thing for. Thank you for the awesome idea!!

    1. Thank you for sharing!I love the idea of hanging it where your family can see it – I am sure it turned out amazing!

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