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Christmas Countdown sign at Michael's Crafts Store

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Picked one up today and really like it.

Need to figure out how to customize the front... thinking of just adding the word "lights" right above the days display in die cut vinyl - so that once the lights go live, it can still be a countdown to christmas.

Used the 40% off coupon! Thanks for the heads up.

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I cut a piece of coro to the size of the sign the penguin is holding, cut out the holes for the numbers. Painted it light blue with Krylon Fusion, and lettered "Countdown to Lights, and Days, Hours, Minutes and Seconds. After lightup day I will remove the cover and have it for a Christmas countdown.

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That probably is the best way to go. Just need to order some from my sign supplier. Already cut out the letters last night on my Rolland GX-24 Digital Cutter so half the work is done ;)

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that is really neat im going to check it out today. I would also put it up asap because around here people are waiting for my lights to go on lol

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levelbest wrote:

Another 40% off coupon in todays paper btw.

Unfortunately, the sign is also marked down at 25% off. Michael's coupons are only good off regularly priced merchandise; I did manage to talk them into charging the regular price once, and then using the coupon:]. Ya might wanna try that!

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I'm so glad that I looked at the website Friday. I went to Michaels and found 1 left. I'm thinking of cutting the eyes out and putting in lights in it's place and outlining the whole thing with a string of white lights.

I also go mine for 40% off. It was the last one too. I had better check to see if it's damaged - haven't even opened the box yet.

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I got one this weekend also and had to ask for the 40% off. Haven't seen them advertise in the paper where I live (we live about 50 miles from the store) They had 3 plus the display at the store I went to.

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Becky Fitz wrote:

I'm thinking of cutting the eyes out

AAIIIIEEEE!!!!!:shock::shock: Don't let any kids see that, it'll scar them for life!

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levelbest wrote:

Another 40% off coupon in todays paper btw.

It's every Sunday. Occasionally there's a 50% off coupon.

TED

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If I hadn't already purchased one of these, I might have considered this sign too:

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Granted, it's not as cute, but there are 6 of them for sale on Ebay for $18.88 at the moment.

http://cgi.ebay.com/LIGHTED-CHRISTMAS-COUNTDOWN-STAKE_W0QQitemZ330180459980QQihZ014QQcategoryZ33794QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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Thought everyone might like to seean example of what you can do to customize this display.

It's colorplast cut to shape by using paper to trace an outline of the original sign, then cutting out the holes and hands.

After that, it was off to illustrator to create the graphics to match my website logo, and then transfer it to my Roland GX-24 Digital cutter. After I cut out the graphics, I applied them to the sign.

Colorplast cost me $5. Having your own digital cutter in house (we run a sign and screenprining and embroidery business) ... priceless :)

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Contact me via PM and we'll see what we can work out ;)

I might be able to cut the vinyl letteringand let you find your own colorplast to stick it to and cut out.

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Hawkes wrote:

They're on sale this week for $59.99 at Michael's. I'm picking two up this afternoon.

I just picked up one!! :waycool:

That store still had 2 left on the shelf.

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Ok I'm really annoyed. The first sign I bought had a problem with the seconds display - the second digit would show when it was supposed to be a 1 or 4, but not 5, 3, or 2. Fortunately there are still three available at my store, so I bought a second one (after verifying they have a 60 day return policy), and it's display is fine.

Then I boxed up the original and was about to take it back when I noticed a piece missing from the wooden part which holds the right peg of the display stand! Grrr! Fortunately it looks like I can easily (and carefully!) unscrew the plastic digital display from the wooden frame, and swap it onto the other sign, giving me one fully workingsign to keep, and one doubly broken sign to return!

Anyone who hasn't unboxed their sign yet, I'd recommend you do so and inspect it carefully for defects before you miss your chance to return it for a working model, should the unpleasant happen to you too.

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Thanks for the heads up. I pulled mine out today and tested it and everything looks great. One small section of the 's' on the bottom is missing, but a simple dash of red paint took care of that.

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dtrammell wrote:

Then I boxed up the original and was about to take it back when I noticed a piece missing from the wooden part which holds the right peg of the display stand! Grrr! Fortunately it looks like I can easily (and carefully!) unscrew the plastic digital display from the wooden frame, and swap it onto the other sign, giving me one fully workingsign to keep, and one doubly broken sign to return!

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Wondering how the swap went? I tried to unscrew and remove the plastic display, it was glued to the wooden part. I stoped trying to force it out and gave up. I wanted to take it out so it would be easier to make cutouts in coro for a countdown to light on sign.

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