Countdown to Halloween {Hershey Kiss Board}

I have so enjoyed making all of my Hershey Kiss boards this year (I have two more yet to make!).  I love seeing a few of you take my tutorial and make one with your own spin on it.  Here is my Halloween take on my Hershey Kiss Board.  My kids love counting down to any holiday.  The countdown to Halloween will probably be our most popular because my kids adore trick or treating.

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Those numbers are actually inverted Hershey Kisses.  Kids love them, guests love them, and I have been known to snag a few myself.  Let’s get started.

If you don’t have a Silhouette machine I am now offering a vinyl option through Say it on the Wall.  Click here to order.


Electric Drill

3/4 paddle drill bit

220 grit sandpaper

12” x 12” x 1/2” MDF board

Coordinating scrapbook paper

Hershey Kisses

Glue Dots

White cardstock (2 pieces)


Silhouette machine

Mod Podge

Foam brush or roller

Spray paint (I used Krylon’s  Black)





1.  Cut your 1/2” MDF board to a 12” x 12” size. (or have Home Depot cut it like I always do). Measure out where you want your kisses.  This is where you will drill your holes. Using a 3/4” paddle drill bit and an electric drill — drill your holes but do not go all the way through the board. The top of the bit will poke through the back but don’t drill the wide part of the bit more than 2/3 of the way. This will allow the Hershey kisses to set in there and stay.  This is what the bit looks like.


2.  Mark your holes and then drill them.  I measured every 1 1/4” and then drilled my holes.  This allowed me to have 10 holes across and 3 rows of them for a total of 30 kisses.  Then I drilled one more hole to accommodate #31 down below.

3.  Lightly sand the board with 220 grit sandpaper especially around the holes. Wipe it clean. Spray prime and paint it.

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4.  Next I used my Silhouette machine and created a spider web vinyl stencil and applied it to the board and taped the rest off and sprayed it with Krylon’s Brushed Metallic Silver spray paint.

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Then I removed the vinyl to reveal a spider web design on my board.

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5.  I cut out “Happy Halloween” with my Silhouette machine (using Lobster Two font) and Mod Podged it onto the board, then coated it with a thin layer of Mod Podge with a foam roller so I wouldn’t get any lap marks.

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6.  Martha Stewart has a new line of Halloween paper tape that I found at Michaels so I added that around the edges to give it a finished look rather than Mod Podging the paper on…so much easier.

martha stewart paper tape

7.  I then printed and cut out numbered circles 1-31 and applied them with Glue Dots to the back of the Hershey Kisses.


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If you have a Silhouette machine and would like the files click here to download them.

Click below to see more of my kiss boards.

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  1. Wow this is really cute & fun! I really need to get myself a silhouette machine…

  2. Beckie – this is so darn cute!!! (all of them!) -kg

  3. That’s adorable, Beckie! I think it’s my favorite one yet!


  4. I love when you make new ones! I was thinking a birthday would be cool, and if you really want to be on your kid’s good side, a new year’s one with one for each hour before midnight! 🙂

  5. I love this project! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Genius! I’m in love. I am pinning this and hopefully making my own (probably not as cool since I don’t have a Silhouette). I was trying to come up with some sort of countdown number for Halloween. This is perfect!

  7. That is so cute! I love that you can do it for so many holidays! And who doesn’t want a kiss everyday?

  8. So clever!

  9. SUPER cute!

  10. CUTE! My only problem would be eating all of the kisses in the first few days. 😀

  11. Brittany Homen says:

    Are you willing to sell these boards for the differnt holidays in your etsy shop? 🙂

    • No but you can purchase the vinyl from Say it on the Wall to make one yourself. I am sorry I just love to inspire people to create and don’t like selling my stuff.

  12. I’m having trouble downloading the Silhouette files. I’ve tried a couple of times and they’re both blank. I don’t have trouble with the other Silhouette kiss board files (the summer ones) from your download page. Am I do something wrong? Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent! I can’t wait to finish the boards for my girls – they’re going to be soooo excited!

  13. Never mind….I am a ninkampoop! I hadn’t upgraded my Silhouette software – once I did that, everything shows up fine. Sorry! Thanks again for the great files and the idea!

  14. These countddowns are amazing! I just love them, you are my new craft hero 🙂 I stick with elmers and glue sticksm anything else I am headed to a danger zone, lol.

  15. That is awesome! I love it! I pinned it to my pinterest! Thanks for sharing!

  16. love these! I noticed some tutorials use a 5/8 drill bit while others use 3/4. Was there a reason for this? Which one works best? Thanks!

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