Teacher Gift

Earlier, I shared this simple Teachers Gift idea over at Skip To My Lou and I totally forgot to share it here for you if you missed it.

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I purchased a really inexpensive clay flower pot.  You can find these almost anywhere.  I just picked mine up at the local nursery where I also picked up this sweet Gerber Daisy.  Then you are going to paint your pot.  I used a Chalkboard Spray Paint from Rustoleum.  It works so great and is so easy to use.  Just tape off the area of the pot you do not want painted with the chalkboard spray paint.  I used painter’s tape and some newspaper.  Once you have it all taped off and sealed spray that baby!  One or two coats works just fine and then let it dry.

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After the paint has dried, if you want to add another color like gold…tape off the chalkboard painted area and cover with newspaper so that the gold spray paint does not get on it.  Then spray on some fun color!  I chose to do the rim of mine gold.  Let it dry and remove the tape.

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Then plant your flower into the pot and add this cute little teacher tag.  I simply printed it out and glued it onto some black card stock.  Then to get it to stand in the plant, I taped it to a wooden craft toothpick.  This seriously does not get any easier.  Then write the teacher’s name on the pot or an inspirational word!

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If you would like to print out the tag that I used, you can print that out here by clicking on the link below:

{Teacher Appreciation Gift Tag}

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I also like to give our teachers a little gift card so they can use it for a night out to dinner or a movie. I figure they deserve a nice treat after all their hard work for the year. Good teachers are irreplaceable!

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If you like this teacher gift idea you might be interested in a similar one that uses succulents.  You can see that post here:  Teacher Gifts–Succulent Planter

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Chalk Board mug gift

I am always looking for a fun and inexpensive gift idea for a teacher or friends.  Now, there is nothing new and exciting about a mug with candy in it…unless that mug has a fun chalkboard label on it.  I saw something similar while perusing the aisles of Target one day.  It had been three weeks since I had been there…THREE WEEKS!  So I was getting my Target fix and saw a Chalk Board Mug. So what is a crafty girl to do? Yep! I made my own.

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Target was even kind enough to have some different colored mugs on sale for $1.99.  So I snagged a couple.  Here is how I made mine.  I cut out a heart shape from my vinyl collection.  Contact paper will work well too.  Make a stencil in the shape or design of your choice.

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Then I used some Folk Art Bake-On Enamel Paint in Engine Red.  I mixed it with some Non-Sanded Grout to Make Chalk Board Paint.  You can find the recipe for that here:

Make Your Own Chalk Board Paint

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Then I simply painted a couple coats of it onto the mug and baked in on low heat in my oven for an hour to set the paint.  So easy.

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Prime the chalk board paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk onto it first and then wipe off the chalk.  This should prime your chalkboard label so that you can write new messages to your hearts content. (pun totally intended)  I also put the word “love” on the other side of the mug using the same process as above.

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A super easy and inexpensive gift idea.  Spruce it up by adding a gift card to Starbucks or attach a package of your favorite hot cocoa mix…or…my personal favorite…fill it with CHOCOLATE!

Oh…and where did I get that adorable framed picture?  That would be from the talented and lovely Lara from Less Cake, More Frosting!  You can purchase your own copy of it in her shop Announced Design.  There are a lot more where this came from.

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This post is dedicated to a week-long series with some other bloggers and shop owners: Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Kellie at Nest of Posies, Liz from Hoosier Homemade, and Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake!

On Monday, Liz her adorable Pink Lemonade Pies and a giveaway for The Paper Cupcake. On Tuesday, Gina shared her fun Valentine Mantel and a giveaway for Baybee-Dahl Boutique.  Wednesday, Kellie from Nest Of Posies made some darling Valentine Envelopes.

We have also set up a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week if you are as addicted as I am.

And…if that is not enough…come back tomorrow when we share an amazing Valentine Printable from The Paper Cupcake! Just wait till you see it! Love it!

Need some more Valentine’s Day Ideas? Check out these past Idea Room Valentine’s Ideas.

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Make Chalkboard Paint–Chalkboard Rocks

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I recently saw these Chalkboard Rocks from Pottery Barn that you can write on with chalk and thought…”I can make those!” So I did! I had been wanting to paint something with chalk board paint (which has been all the rage on the craft blogs the past several months) to try out a homemade chalk paintrecipe I found while browsing Martha Stewart’s site a while back.  So I set out to make chalkboard paint.

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Home Made Chalkboard Paint

If you haven’t noticed, Chalkboard Paint is pretty expensive. This recipe is super easy and only requires two ingredients…paint (of any color or type) and some Non-Sanded Tile Grout. I found mine at Home Depot for $4 and some change (can’t remember exactly). But you can find the grout at any home improvement store.

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Then you will need to simply mix 1 cup of paint and 2 Tablespoons of grout. That’s it! Just make sure to stir it really well so that there are no lumps. You can use any paint. Paint for plastics or acrylic paint or house paint. You can also use any color of paint. How fun is that? There are so many possibilities and price is now no longer a factor! You could paint a whole room in chalk board paint! Your kids would think you were da bomb!

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I really love the look of these black chalk board rocks. The room I have them in currently has a lot of black accents and so they fit in perfectly with the decor. Now I can keep them year round and just change what I write on them with chalk!

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What would you like to use your chalk board paint for? Oh and if any of my nearby friends need some non-sanded grout…come and get some…I have a bit to spare :)! I do have a tile project I have been wanting to get to though, that is if I can get the hub’s approval!

Looking for some ways to use your new Chalk Board Paint? Check out some of our other Idea Room Projects…

Chalk Board Mugs

Chalkboard T-Shirts

Chalkboard Purse/Book

Chalkboard Notebook and Party Cups

 

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