10.25.2010

Chalkboard Gift Boxes...

I love all the different scrapbook papers BUT I'm not into scrap-booking...
I have finally found a new use for the paper AND my trusty chalkboard  spray paint~
The chalkboard part actually came to me in a dream.

 I found this pumpkin scrap-booking paper.
(Tim Coffey "Fall Pumpkins" Code: 30-159815)


 Love it...


Here's how to make them:

Find the perfect gift box-These are a wood composite.

But you can use inexpensive
Paper Mache boxes too.
(I already applied the chalkboard paint to the one above.)

Spray chalkboard paint to the top of the box-I applied 3 coats letting it dry in between each coat.

I made a template of the box (top and bottom) using parchment paper.

Using the parchment paper template cut out the design. 
(Sorry this picture is fuzzy-I had to take it myself while holding the Xacto knife in one had and the camera in the other.)

Mod Podge is the key... Don't use a glue stick or tacky glue. Just use a foam brush and Mod podge the box then put the paper on. This makes it to where you can slide the paper around easily on the box to adjust it perfect. Plus it keeps all the air bubbles at bay.  After applying the paper with Mod Podge put another coat on top of the paper to seal it.

Here are some more that I made:

 So many different Christmas papers!
(BoBunny "Noel Postcards" Item # 12NP785)

 Accessorize the top and write what you want on it.
As you can tell I wrote mine free hand-You could use a stencil.
I used a damp Q-tip to clean up the chalk edges.

 A great box for a special baby gift.
(Top: be inspired "Brooke Argyle" Item # 27080
Bottom: Simply Fabulous "Brooke Paisley" Item # 27181)

Don't forget to add some chalk to the top so they can re-use this gift box. 
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I had so much fun making these~I already decided to make up some really big Paper Mache boxes for under the Christmas tree. I will add chalkboard paint to the top of some and to the sides of others.
Remember, many stores have 40-50%off coupons~You can get some really great deals on Paper Mache boxes that way!

31 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea Robin!! When I see those boxes cheap, I am going to stock up now!! You are so clever my friend!!

    Have a great week!!

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  2. Robin- You are AMAZING! LOVE this idea! Wonder Woman strikes again.:) Do you sneak your crafting in while Sweet Pea naps? So creative and lovely. Just like you.:) Lori

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  3. Thanks ladies!

    Lori-Yes, when Noelle is sleeping is when I get most my crafting in. She is growing so there are days when she will take a 3 hour nap~♥
    She also sleeps from 8:30 to 8:30-I am a blessed MeMa to be raising such a easy, full of laughter and love grand daughter.
    Love you!

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  4. Love it! The gift boxes are beautiful.

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  5. You're so crafty! I love these! I would have never thought it up. I don't scrapbook either but I have a ton of paper. Because I love it and it calls to me when I'm at the craft store. haha I use it to make cards and other projects though. I may need to make a couple of these. Thanks for the idea.

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  6. Love this idea here! I am going to make one soon. I have a project I have been working on at Church with Chalk board paint so I will have to do this next.

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  7. These are very clever and attractive.

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  8. Hi Robin
    Your boxes are adorable. You have the best ideas. Love the gorgeous papers you used. Thanks for the great instructions. Chalk board paint and boxes are now on my shopping list!
    Lindsay
    x

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  9. I love this idea....sure I will be borrowing it!

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  10. This is definitely a favorite of mine! How cute they are! I think I might even be able to make one...and I'm the least crafty person around! Thanks for sharing your idea, Robin...LOVE IT!

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  11. Love it, love it, looooove it!!! I have the perfect idea for my girls for this: our christmas advent countdown! Each morning, they could change the number and open it up for their special advent instructions/treat.

    THANK YOU Robin!!! May all your dreams always be this creative! ♥

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  12. Those are FABULOUS Robin!!!! I absolutely LOVE them and so CUTE!!!♥

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  13. Seriously Robin, that is the greatest idea for a gift box! Love the chalkboard paint.

    Jamie :)

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  14. Robin~
    Thanks for sharing this WONDERFUL idea. I can't wait until I get some free time and make up a batch to keep on hand here. I am hosting a wedding shower here next week. What a cute way to give the door prizes!

    Thanks so much, and have the most spook-tacular Halloween!
    Kate

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  15. Very Cute!! Love the little pumpkins.

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  16. These turned out AMAZING, Robin. Thanks for sharing a great idea.
    M.L.

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  17. What a wonderful idea. I would have never thought of that but the ideas that come with are endless.

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  18. wow! You need to get to work on that book, Robin- you have such great ideas!!

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  19. I love it! I am going to have to make me some of those! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Ahhh you're such a talent!
    So cute..I love everything about chalkboard paint!

    Have a great day!

    Deborah xoxo

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  21. What an awesome and unique craft idea. You are very creative....
    Denise

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  22. Excellent!! I can NOT wait!!! to make some!! How fun!! I love it! =) perfect Christmas gift box... teacher gift idea... thank yous... birthday pressies... LOVE it!! ;) I am done.. =)

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  23. Robin, you are absolutely brilliant! I love, LOVE, love this idea! They are wonderful! Can you imagine how tickled pink people would be to receive their Christmas gifts inside of these?! I am DEFINITELY going to be making at least one of these for someone for Christmas! Thank you so much for the tutorial! :)

    I hope you are doing well, and enjoying this amazing weather we're having! My MIL told me today that it hit 73 degrees in Seattle! Can you believe that? I have decided that if it stays this way until next spring, I won't complain! ;)

    Blessings,
    Jenni

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  24. This is so fabulous! Great idea Robin, thanks for sharing!

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  25. Awesome,Fabulous...definitely try to make one...love this...

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