Cookies For Santa

ONE WEEK…Seven more sleeps till the man in the red suit will come delivering Christmas goodness.  Can you even believe it?  Every year on Christmas Eve the kids make sure we leave cookies for Santa.

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I have been obsessed with these wood tree slabs the last few months.  Have you seen them around?  I snagged me a couple from Michael’s a while ago and have been mulling around different ways to use them.  I ultimately, decided to paint one of them with some black chalkboard paint.

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I simply took the blank tree slab and then painted two layers of chalkboard paint on them.  You can pick up chalkboard paint at your craft stores or Lowes.

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I also have a recipe for making your own Chalkboard Paint if you want to make your own.

{Chalkboard Paint Recipe}

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Then I simply cut out some white vinyl the words “Cookies for Santa” and then attached it to the chalkboard slab.  Why not write on the chalkboard with chalk?

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Well…I tried that…and my handwriting was bugging me.  So I opted for the prettier version.

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You can then either keep the vinyl on, or remove it and then use your chalkboard slab…well…as a chalkboard.  Keep it in the kitchen and leave sweet messages for family members or turn it in to a daily menu or a grocery list!  So many fun uses for it!

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I just love how fun and unique it is instead of just a plate of cookies.  And…wouldn’t this be such a fun and unique gift for neighbors, friends and or family?  I LOVE it!  I am going to be making more for sure!

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Santa for sure will enjoy taking a little snack break after delivering his presents at your house.  If you are interested in trying my favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe, which are pictured above, you can find that recipe here.

{Sugar Cookie Recipe}

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And…because I was so busy…I just used a store bought icing.  Yep! It’s been that kind of a week, and I am totally okay with that.

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One more thing…does Santa wrap your gifts or just leave them under the tree?  At our house they are left under the tree unwrapped.

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DIY Ping Pong Table

*This is a sponsored post by me for Lowes.  They provided me with the means to make this DIY Ping Pong Table.  However all statements and opinions are my own. 

As my children have gotten older and their friends become more important and influential in their lives, we feel a growing need to spend time with our children AND their friends.  So we try to find creative ways to encourage our children to want to invite their friends into our home.

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Now…you don’t have to have an expensive home and all the latest gadgets to do so.  But you do need to have some food (especially if they are teenage boys) and something for them that they enjoy doing.  Well, my son loves to play ping pong with his buddies.  And well, we didn’t have a ping pong table…or the real space for one to reside permanently.

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So of course, I suggested we make a Ping Pong Table Top for the kids to use.  I was a little bit concerned as to how the final product would actually work and if the ball would behave…well like a Ping Pong ball should behave…or if the kids would not enjoy using it.  The good news is that it feels and acts just like a real Ping Pong table…just with a bit smaller dimensions.  Hurray!!

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I designed it to have a big Chalkboard on the back side of it for when it is not being used as a Ping Pong Table.  When not in use, we prop it against the wall and the kids can use it as a chalkboard to play on.  This way it is out of the way and STILL functional.  Now, we don’t normally have it out on our back deck but down in the basement. 

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But it has been fun to bring it out onto the back deck when the kids friends are over and are hanging out together outside…and it is easy to do since it is portable.  In fact all you need is a table and you can set up your Ping Pong Table wherever you want too.  {We lay it on top of a blanket to protect the table top and the chalkboard}.

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This was one of the easiest LowesCreator projects we have created. 

 

You will need the following for this DIY Ping Pong Table project:

  • one 4 x8 sheet of MDF
  • two 12 foot lengths of moldings for frame around chalkboard side
  • Non-Sanded Grout
  • Valspar Paint in eggshell finish in two colors (gray and white)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Wood Glue
  • Ping Pong Net
  • Paint Brush/Roller
  • Wood clamps
  • chalk

We bought a 4 x 8 sheet of MDF.  Then we cut off a foot off of the length so our final board measured 4 x 7.  EASY!  Then I simply painted the surface of the Ping Pong table with a Charcoal Gray Valspar Paint in an eggshell finish.

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Then for the Chalkboard side of the table we added some Non-Sanded Grout to the same paint (in a separate container) to make our own DIY Chalkboard Paint. 

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Did you know you could do that?  So easy.  I shared the exact recipe for Homemade Chalkboard Paint here a couple of years ago: Homemade Chalkboard Paint.  It is SO easy and you can buy the Non-Sanded Grout in the tiling aisle at Lowe’s. 

I wanted a frame around the chalkboard instead of just having a board because I think it finishes it off so nicely…especially if it is going to be displayed against the wall of your home.  Simply take your two 12 foot lengths of molding.  We used a door frame molding for ours.  There are so many fun options to choose from, but we got one that was a bit flexible to be able to move with the table when we carried it from one place to another.

Cut the moldings so they fit across the top, bottom and sides of the board and use a 45 degree cut on the ends so they match up like a picture frame around the corners.  Glue with wood glue.  Our favorite wood glue to use is Gorilla Glue.  It works awesome!!  Hold the molding in place with some wood clamps and let dry overnight.

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Measure an inch around the entire Ping Pong Table side and then tape it off with Painters tape.  Be sure you have a really good seal on the painting edge of the tape.  I ran my fingers over it several times to be sure.  This will create a nice crisp paint edge. 

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Then tape off a line down the exact middle of the length of the table.  I made this the same width of an inch.  You will need two strips of tape on each side with an inch of space in the middle that you will be painting white.  Paint these taped off areas white.  For best results, do not let your paint dry.  Carefully pull up the tape while it is still a little wet.  I find this allows the tape to come off cleanly without pulling up any paint.

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Pick up a Ping Pong Table net that can be different sizes, and the paddles and balls.  You can find them in a lot of different places. 

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Then welcome your kids friends into your home so you can get to know them.  I am a huge believer in this.  Hang around discreetly.  It is a good way to get to know them and their friends.  You might even begin to feel like they belong at your house all the time.  They might even call you mom #2 and drink all of your orange juice in one sitting ;)!

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And you can sit out on your back porch and learn a little bit more about what great friends your kids have and gain a little insight into the type of people your man children are growing into…sniff, sniff!

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As always, I would love to know if you have any further questions about this project or if you build your own DIY Ping Pong Table.  Happy Creating! xo

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For more great ideas, you’ll love browsing through:

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

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…

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Chalkboard T-Shirts

Chalkboard Purse/Book

Chalkboard Notebook and Party Cups