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What happens when you have more gift wrapping ideas than presents? I guess I could go buy more presents, but I think Pretty Handsome Guy might not be too happy about that. So, I’ll have to stick with just six days of Creative Gift Wrapping. That’s right, two more posts filled with creative gift ideas! I hope you like them.

Yesterday I showed you some nature inspired gift wrappings, today we’re delving into the popular toxic spraypaint hobby of chalkboard painting! I think 2010 can officially be declared the year of the chalkboard paint. I have seen it EVERYWHERE!

Chalkboard Note Gift


Chalkboard paint
Foam core
Chalk or chalkboard pen
Wrapping paper
Hole Punch
X-acto knife

Measure and cut out a 4″ x 6″ rectangle of foam core. The trick to clean cuts in foam core is to use a brand new x-acto blade! It is that simple.

To make perfect diagonal corners, measure 1″ from the corner (across and down) and make  marks. Then draw a diagonal line connecting the two points. Cut off the triangle.

Use your hole puncher to punch a hole in the middle of the top edge.

Spray paint or paint chalkboard paint onto your foam core. Let it dry.

Season your chalkboard rectangle by rubbing chalk all over the board. Then wipe it off. This will eliminate the chalk message “burning” into the chalkboard and will allow the recipient to re-use the board.

 Write a message on the chalkboard tag.
 Wrap your present and attach the tag to your present’s bow.
Now your gift recipient has a cute little re-useable chalkboard tag.
 Merry Christmas Renee!
Clothespin Clipped Chalkboard Message Board


Chalkboard paint
Foam core
Chalk or chalkboard pen
Wrapping paper
Hole punch
X-acto knife
Silver or Gold acrylic paint
Hot glue gun

Follow the instructions above for making a foam core chalkboard. Eliminate the steps on cutting diagonal corners and adding a hole for this one.
Take apart the clothespin and paint both sides using the silver or gold acrylic paint.
Wrap your present as you would normally.
  Wrap ribbon around your present, but don’t tie a bow. Just make a knot.
 Make a separate bow out of the same ribbon and use hot glue to attach it to the clothespin.

Clip the clothespin over the knotted bow on your package and slide your chalkboard into the clothespin.

 “Merry Christmas Baby!”

Bonus: I thought I’d share with you two more gift packages that were pretty simple and quick. The first one I hot glued crocheted snowflakes from Lillian Vernon onto them (thanks for bringing them to my wrapping party, Renee!)

The second one is an ovaltine can that I wrapped with gift wrap, added some monogram stickers and put a bow on top. Easy peasy!

I hope you will swing on by and check out Day #5 of my Creative Gift Wrappings!

9 replies
  1. My Sweet Prairie
    My Sweet Prairie says:

    I'm a mom, a quilter, an artist, a homeschooler, a make-do-er, and frugal recycler… I now declare this to be the coolest, most useful site ever! I simply must feature you on my blog. I will give you a heads up when I do!
    Happy Holidays!
    Monika in Canada

  2. Sawdust and Paperscraps
    Sawdust and Paperscraps says:

    That's exactly what I need for my 24 days before Christmas box that sits on my table but I didn't take the time to make one…because I have roll on chalkboard paint, not spray on. It just seems like so much more work to roll it on. Love your pretty packages.

  3. Jo
    Jo says:

    Great gift wrapping ideas Brittany. It does get hard coming up with something original year after year.
    I'm so jealous of the window in your laundry room btw. I like my laundy room but I so wish I had a window.
    Jo xx

  4. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Love your gift wrap ideas! That chalkboard is great for kids and adults as a tag. I love the black and white ribbon you used on the second gift ~ very pretty.

  5. Janie
    Janie says:

    Wow I am loving your Gift Wrap Series ! I had no idea they made chalkboard spray paint !! I have been wanting to make a wreath for my daughters teacher and I though it would be neat to put her name on a small chalk board ! But was wondering how I could do it ! No I know ! Use foam board and spray chalkboard ! Yay what a wonderful idea thanks so much for sharing !


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