Make: Chalkboard Gift Tags

Tuesday, December 18, 2012






Now that I am done with all my "before christmas" work I feel like Christmas is just around the corner. Why does time insist on going so fast?  I have a pretty extensive list of all the things I want to enjoy before the week is up and I have come to realize my love for routine has turned into a chronological order in which I need to do them. With that I find myself liking to stick to "traditions" I made by having done one such thing or another one year and then trapped myself into the habit of having to do it exactly the same every year thereafter. One of these thing I love doing, that I know many people dread, is wrapping presents. Where it gets weird is that I have to watch Christmas Vacation while wrapping my presents; it can't (in my mind) be any other movie. I also have to have personalized gift tags as though, if I skip it one year people are going to disappointed with my obvious failure to accomplish making my own gift tags. Oh the webs we weave...

One of my favorites is just printing out little photos of people and sticking them on their presents. It makes it real easy when you wake up at 6 am (which I do, I am always the first up on Christmas. Another "tradition" I have branded myself with) to hand out the gifts - no reading required. This year I ran across all these little wooden ornaments in my christmas decor that I have accumulated throughout the years. They had been being re-packed away forever so I decided to finally do something with them to avoid repacking them again (or tossing them out). Because I knew painting them to hang on the tree was not going to happen, I have officially been a mother for almost 15 years - I have so been there and done that.

So, not getting too creative but changing it up a bit I painted them with chalkboard paint and stuck them on presents for gift tags. This is a "at your own risk" project, obviously the names could be easily rubbed off - to prevent any mix-ups I only put them on presents I knew I could identify if any curious fingers got the best of me. Giving actual step-by-step instructions seems a bit superfluous but I will say I used a couple coats because the wood is so porous and I let them dry for about any hour before I started any ribbon tying or chalk writing. 

Any pre-holiday traditions you will be engaging in this week?

18 comments:

  1. Wonderful idea, I love chalkboard anything! I can see you really are a glitter person, here and there....

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  2. These are so cute! What a great idea to pimp those wooden tags with chalkboard paint. I have a can of chalkboard paint in the basement I have yet to use...

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  3. Love both these ideas! LOVE the idea of printing pictures. Might be too late for me this year, but oh, I need to remember it for next...! THANK YOU!

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  4. Love these! You could always use chalk paint pens to avoid rubbing off! Comes off with water :) I get into traditions too, so your routine sounds totally normal to me!

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  5. Haha "no reading required". I love that idea. Genius and would spruce up a gift perfectly!

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  6. You know, I really love wrapping presents as well - I need some more boxes to wrap. Undoubtedly, I'll get some when I go back to my parents' house this weekend

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  7. What a fun idea! These chalkboard gift tags look absolutely amazing!

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  8. That's so original and I especially love the bauble one with the glitter - cute idea.
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  9. They look adorable! Chalkboard paint is one of those things you have to keep out of my grasp, because I pretty much want to paint ALL THE THIGNS in chalkboard paint. Walls. Backs of doors. And now gift tags! I would probably have to keep Fitz away from any and all chalk projects, though. We'd wake up Christmas morning and all the names would be licked off. :)

    And yes, Christmas Vacation is a necessity. That's just non-negotiable!

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  10. Gift wrapping is one of my favourite Christmas traditions. Nobody gets to do this except for me. And I'm also the first one up on Christmas day. :)

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  11. Cristine i love both these ideas! love the idea of printing pictures. That is so original and beautiful

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  12. I love that, if the gifts are for those within the house, you can reuse them year after year.

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    1. Ha! I didn't even think of that but yes, a good way to waste-not :)

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  13. What a great idea for gift tags! I love all things painted with chalkboard paint and this one is no exception. I have to tell you that I also love your idea of printing out people's photos as their name tag - Smart! Hm, holiday traditions? Nothing as cute or fun as yours. I did put up my first advent calendar this year for the kids (thanks for the motivation!), so I see this becoming something I do year after year.

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    1. me too, i have painted a pantry door in my kitchen the back of my front door, wasted a bunch and used it on several other projects and i still have a ton left in my little can. i like the advent tradition too, but to be honest we end up doing it about every three days because i am terribly forgetful!

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  14. WOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!I am impresed!!I love this ideaa!!!!!

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  15. Very unique and fun! I'll put this on my list for next year! ;)

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