For the past few years I have opted to make homemade Christmas gifts for all of my lovely ladies! Not only does this eliminate the stress of finding that one perfect gift for so many different people, it also adds an extra special touch to my holiday gifting. Making sweet and simple holiday gifts for those that you love is a great way to give them a one-of-a-kind present they will always remember and show them just how much your care. Sticking with my love of chalkboard paint this year (and with lots of help from my super handy husband) we made some great tabletop chalkboards for friends and family so that they could add some holiday cheer to their own home, display a dinner party menu, or just leave sweet little notes in any room of the house. And one of the best parts about this project? We were able to crank out 12 charming little chalkboards in just one weekend for under $50! Can’t beat that!
Now that the holidays have passed and gifts have been given, I thought I’d sneak you a peak of our 2013 homemade Christmas gift!
We started out with two 8′ – 2″x12″ boards we picked up from Home Depot for under $20 a piece. We planned on a making a bunch so this size worked the best for us but you could choose whatever board length and thickness works for your project.
I have been blessed with a super handy husband so he was able to cut me six 14″ rectangles from each board. If you don’t have a saw and are unable to cut the boards yourself, just ask someone in the lumber section of Home Depot and someone will be able to help you!
Once the boards had been cut, my husband (never one to pass up the chance to use some of his power tools) decided to use his router to add some detail to the front edges of the chalkboard.
The routed edges are a great way to add additional visual interest to your chalkboards but simple rectangles will be perfectly fine. Don’t feel the need to over complicate this project. The casual elegance of it really is what makes it so charming!
After some sanding to round out the corners and smooth out the surface, we’re ready to stain!
I chose to use a really nice dark stain to bring out all of the cool knots in the wood but the stain color is entirely up to you!
Once the stain was dry, I taped off the edges to where I wanted the chalkboard itself to be (making sure to press down firmly to prevent the paint from bleeding on this grainy surface) and one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Flat-Black Spray Paint did the trick!
To add just a bit more detail to the chalkboards (and to use up some old hardware I had laying around) I drilled a hole in the top of the chalkboard and added these crystal drawer pulls as an accent. You could play around with these and use whatever you have laying around the house or take a trip to a thrift store or hobby shop. Use your imagination as add your own personal flair!
The final product?
This fun and easy project took only a weekend and we ended up with all of these great homemade gifts for our friends and family! I was really happy with how they turned out and they ended up being a big hit!
What are some of your favorite homemade gift ideas?