Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chalkboard Vases & Other Last-Minute Gift Ideas

If you're still scrambling for a last-minute teacher or hostess gift, here are a few crafty ideas that don't take long to make. And you might even have the supplies you need in your craft closet!

Number One: Chalkboard Vases

I stole this idea from the PB Teen catalog. Did you see these adorable "Say What? Vases"?

They're really not a bad deal from PB (on sale for $29 for 3 plus free shipping!), but if you don't have time to wait for Fed-Ex, or if you're like me & you can't stand to buy what you know you can make yourself, try this.

Choose a plain glass vase in a shape you like...

Give it several light coats of Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint. (I use the method I described here to spray paint vases.) Tie a piece of chalk on with a ribbon, & you've got a cute gift for a hostess or a teacher!

Number Two: Fabric Flower Necklace

This is a cute & easy idea for girls of all ages. When I saw this tutorial by Little Miss Momma, it looked so easy, I had to try one for myself. In about an hour, I had a new necklace! I had everything I needed for the project in my craft room (but then again, I'd be on Craft Hoarders if there were such a show). I added some pearl beads & a ribbon to mine. And you can change it up anyway you want to make a great gift for someone (or yourself).

Number Three: Super Easy Sugar Scrub

All the directions for this great gift idea are listed here. I posted about this back around Mother's Day, but it's really great for anytime of year. Just this week, my daughter's teacher from last year told me she loved hers so much, she's making some for gifts this Christmas. This is a great & practical gift that people will love you for!

Hope this inspires you with some gift ideas! I'm linking up with a few of these people. You may find more inspiration when you check them out!


  1. Love that necklace! And the vases are too cute!

  2. What fabulous ideas. I love the vases. So cute, and the scrub is always wonderful. Hugs Marty

  3. I think a chalk board vase is GENIUS for a teacher! :) To bad Josh has a man teacher lol

  4. GREAT daughter is always looking for gift ideas for teachers. Hugs- Diana

  5. Ok, I am LOVING the chalkboard vase idea and I am totally going to make some for Christmas gifts! And your version of the necklace is adorable--love the added touch of ribbon!

  6. Brilliant idea! The vases are lovely! Enjoy the weekend ahead, Kellie xx

  7. love them all ~ can i be your kids' teacher? :D

  8. LOVE! I've done the chalkboard to wine bottles for decor, but love the vase idea!

    Also- Thank you! For the sugar scrub. I'd been wanting to make these for last minute gifts, but haven't seen tutorials on it for awhile.

  9. Love love love the vase idea! I will have to try this one out!

  10. The vases are great. You could buy the vases from the dollar store and create a cheap but cute present.

  11. I love the chalkboard vase. One of dearest friend's husband leaves her flowers by her bed every morning before he leaves for work. this will be such a charming gift for them....she can leave him a message at night that he will read when he leaves her flowers..and vice versa. Thank you.

  12. What great ideas! I love the chalkboard vase! How fun is that??? Thanks for sharing!

    I hope you can join my vintage tag giveaway going on now! Merry Christmas!

  13. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
    -Dana Jean


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