Performances, Printables

DIY Project: Recital Countdown!

Do you have any 4×6 photo frames lying around?  It’s time to put one to good use!

recital countdown background

This do-it-yourself project will help remind your students about upcoming studio events each time they come for their piano lesson.  🙂


  1. 4×6 photo frame
  2. Printed background (download the free JPG file on the Printables > Other Resources page — scroll down to “Recital Countdown”).  When you print, be sure that the image is printing at the actual 100% size.
  3. Dry erase marker

  Recital Countdown (1.3 MiB, 5,496 hits)

Directions: Design a background (or print the one I’ve created), insert it into a 4×6 photo frame, write the event & countdown number on the glass with a dry erase marker, and place your new Recital Countdown on/near your piano!

Enjoy!  🙂

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14 thoughts on “DIY Project: Recital Countdown!”

  1. What a great idea!! I’ve been writing “5 more weeks until the recital!” in everyone’s assignment notebook- but, considering they NEVER read their assignment notebooks, it hasn’t been accomplishing much! this might do the trick!

  2. Another great idea, Joy 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I’ve got so many unused frames sitting around. I’m going to make up one of these tomorrow!

  3. Great idea! However, I’m having trouble printing it in the 4 x 6 size. Even when I reduce, it prints out too big.


    1. In your computer’s print menu, there should be an option somewhere to “print at actual size,” or maybe you can enter “100%” for the size. Let me know if that helps!

  4. I, too, love this idea! Very creative as always!! Like Sherri, I am having difficulty getting this to print as a 4×6. I have reduced it down to 30% – – yet it measures closer to a 5×7. Any other suggestions? Thank you!

    1. Thanks for the update, Melissa. I’ve decided to re-upload the file, this time as a pdf instead of a jpg file. I think this should solve the problem!

      1. Thank you very much for changing the format of the Recital Countdown. Got it now! Such great ideas on your site. Thanks again,

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