DIY Chalkboard Easter Egg “Baskets”

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DIY Easter Chalkboard Pots - Go from Easter basket to plant pots once the holiday is over!

Easter baskets are fun to fill, gift and receive, but when my son was little we used his basket once and then it would sit on the shelf in his closet for a year. Rather than buy something and use it once, why not upcycle your basket into something new after Easter is over?

Easy DIY Chalkboard Plant Pots

I was browsing Darby Smart when I fell in love with these super cute chalkboard plant pots (image above via Darby Smart.) Having happily purchased DIY kits from them previously for my son and niece this past Christmas I went ahead and purchased this kit without hesitation. Not only did they ship within two days, they arrived within two days of shipping and the kit was exactly as described. However, instead of making them into plant pots, I made mine into miniature Easter baskets!

Since the pots come with Cool Bistro Chalk Markers writing your message on these pots is a snap! You can then easily change the message by simply erasing the chalk marker with a wet paper towel and then write a new message. Easter and even spring gardening projects aside, these could also be used for small Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts. Here’s how you make them…

Easy DIY Chalkboard Easter "Basket" Pots

DIY Chalkboard Easter “Basket” Pots

You’ll need:

Three small terra cotta pots (3 1/2″ in diameter by 3″ height)
Broad Point Tip Fluorescent Blue Bistro Chalk Marker
Broad Point Tip Regular White Bistro Chalk Marker
Pebeo Porcelaine Black Chalkboard Paint
foam brush

What to do:

How to Make Chalkboard Planters

Using the foam brush paint your pots with chalkboard paint. Allow to dry 15-20 minutes then apply a second coat of paint.

Bake on the chalkboard paint

Once these finish drying, heat in the oven on a baking sheet at 300°F for 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and allow the pots to cool completely in the oven. This process bonds the chalkboard paint to the surface of the pots.

DIY Easter Craft Project - Easy Chalkboard Easter "Basket" Pots

Now write your message on the pots using your Bistro chalk markers and fill them with the goodies of your choice. I used the crinkle paper that my DIY Darby Smart Kit came packed in as Easter “grass” then filled them with candy, eggs and my DIY Easter “Peeps” Inspired Homemade Soap!

DIY Chalkboard Easter Eggs

I still had a bit of chalkboard paint left over that can be used for other projects. Darby Smart also has some other great Easter ideas and DIY kits right now that use chalkboard paint like the DIY Chalkboard Easter Eggs pictured above from their website.

DIY Chalkboard Coasters for Easter

And these easy to execute DIY Chalkboard Easter Inspired Coasters!

Right now I have three new Darby Smart DIY Kits I just purchased and received waiting for me to get my hands on them! I’m super excited. I’ll be making animal canisters, mini magnetic terrariums, and etched champagne flutes!

Want to start on your own Darby Smart kits? Use coupon code: howdydarby when you shop at Darby Smart and receive $10 off your purchase. Plus there’s always free shipping! Oh, and did I mention they also have a new Flower Power Soapmaking Kit?

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DIY Father’s Day Gift – Homemade Six Pack of Treats for Dad!

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DIY Father's Day Gift Idea - Homemade Six Pack of Treats for DadIf you’re looking for a homemade Father’s Day gift idea that the kids can make, then you’ve come to the right place. My son made this fun candy and treat filled six pack for Father’s Day complete with a chalkboard carrier for writing his own custom message! To create with your child for Dad, all you’ll need is a six pack of soda, chalkboard spray paint, a piece of chalk, washi tape and assorted treats like candy, nuts and whole coffee beans – whatever are Dad’s favorites.

Chalkboard Paint DIY Craft ProjectTo get started, you’ll first need to drink all of the sodas in your six pack, wash them and allow them to dry thoroughly. Be sure you keep the lids. As these come with twist off caps, you can simply twist them back on after filling your bottles. Then, once you’re ready to start, simply spray paint all sides of your soda carton with two coats of chalkboard paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat. My son created an easy mess free way to spray paint his container outside on the carport by using a large cardboard box as a shield.

DIY Washi Tape Decorated BottlesWhile your bottle carton is drying, you can use that time to dress up your bottles. This is so easy that kids of any age can participate. Simply wrap washi tape around the bottles or apply to bottles at random to create your own custom look.

Washi Tape DIY Craft ProjectDecorate all six soda bottles with washi tape. Once they’ve all been decorated, you’re ready to fill them up with candies, nuts or coffee beans. Be sure to pick treats or snacks that are small enough to fit through the opening of the bottle and remove without getting stuck.

Homemade Father's Day Gift Idea - DIY Washi Tape Decorated Six Pack of TreatsYou can fill the bottles in whatever way is easiest for you. You can use your hands as a funnel to pour the treats into the bottles.

DIY Washi Tape Snack BottlesOr you can use an actual funnel or – as Cody is using here – one of those reclosable soda can lid covers minus the resealable top.

DIY Father's Day Gift - Soda Bottle Six Pack Filled with Treats like Candy, Nuts and Coffee BeansOnce all of your bottles have been filled, simply twist the caps back on and place back into the chalkboard painted soda bottle carton.

DIY Washi Tape Covered Soda Bottles FIlled with Treats and Snacks for Father's DayNow all that’s left is to write your message on the outside of the chalkboard bottle carton and gift! Tip: Be sure to prime your chalkboard surface before using. Wait 24 hours before writing on the surface, then rub over the surface with the flat side of the chalk and erase before writing for best results and to keep the paint from scratching off.

You can find more washi tape diy projects and diy chalkboard paint projects right here on Soap Deli News. For more Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas, be sure to follow my Father’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest! You can also follow this blog via Blog Lovin’ or by newsletter so you never miss a post!

Upcycled Breakfast Table – DIY Chalkboard Game Table Craft Project

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Upcycled DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape Craft Project
Our neighbors upstairs recently had to move out unexpectedly. One thing they didn’t take with them was a breakfast table and two chairs. So they gifted them to us. While I haven’t decided whether I’ll be keeping the chairs or not – I may paint the fabric seats – I thought the breakfast table was perfect for upcycling into a chalkboard game table!
Breakfast Table Makeover
This is the table I started with. The first step was to clean it.
Upcycled Breakfast Table - DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table Project
Next I applied two coats of Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint to the top of the table. I then painted the base of the table with Rustoleum White Gloss Enamel Spray Paint. I allowed both to then dry completely.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Easy Upcycled DIY Craft Project Using Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape
Next I took Washi tape and applied it around the entire edge of the table top. Because Washi tape is more like a masking tape than a regular, super sticky tape, I highly recommend that you apply Matte Mod Podge to the edge of the table only, then adhere your tape to the edge of the table over top of the Mod Podge. Next, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over top of your Washi tape trim. Once the Mod Podge dries completely, apply a Clear Matte Acrylic Sealer over top of the edge of the table so it covers the areas that you used Mod Podge on. (If you plan to use your Chalkboard Paint Game Table outdoors at all in a covered area, I recommend using Outdoor Mod Podge to adhere the trim for your table followed by a gloss sealer as this Mod Podge dries with a gloss finish.)
DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Easy Upcycled DIY Craft Project Using Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape

Finally, add a magnetic tin – that DIY is here – to the metal base of the table. Or, if the stand for your table is not metal, you can glue one on using Gorilla glue. Now you have a finished Chalkboard Paint Game table for kids and adults alike!

One final note. You will want to allow your chalkboard paint to dry for a full 24 hours before attempting to write on it. This allows it cure completely to avoid scratching the paint off with the chalk. After 24 hours you would then prep your chalkboard surface by rubbing the SIDE of a piece of chalk over the surface then erasing. Now your chalkboard table top is ready for games of tic-tac-toe, artwork, or whatever else the heart desires!

What kinds of games would you play on this chalkboard game table?

DIY Teacher Gift Bag – Washi Tape and Chalkboard Paint Craft Project

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DIY Handmade Chalkboard Paint Teacher Gift Bag Craft Project Idea
Whether you want to send a special treat to your child’s teacher for back to school or at the end of the school year, this easy to craft DIY Chalkboard Paint Teacher Gift Bag is the perfect wrap for your gift. And since the name is written in chalk, your recipient can later gift it forward or re-use it for storage!
Mask off your gift bag with masking tape
For this project I used a 5″x7″ premium cotton muslin bag from State Line Bag Company. To make your own you’ll first need to slip a sheet of plastic or foil inside the bag that is the same dimension as the interior of your bag. Then mask off the outside edges of the bag with masking tape. The open square you leave on the bag will become your chalkboard.
Spray your diy gift bag with Chalkboard Paint
Next, spray the gift bag with chalkboard paint until thoroughly covered. I used Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint for this project.
Remove the tape from the gift bag
Once the paint dries completely, remove the masking tape from the muslin bag.
DIY washi tape gift bag
Now line the edges of the “chalkboard” you created on your bag with strips of Washi tape. For this particular project I used Smash Tape.
DIY Teacher Gift Bag - DIY Chalkboard Paint Project

Next, use chalk to write the name of your child’s teacher or a message on the front of the bag.

DIY Washi Craft Project - DIY Teacher Gift Bag
Now all that’s left to is fill your bag with the intended gift for the recipient! Don’t just limit this gift bag to teachers though! You can change the border up and use this gift bag for party favors and even stocking stuffers!
Do you give your children’s teachers gifts at the beginning or end of each school year? If so, what are some typical items you like to gift?

DIY Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape Vase Craft Project

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DIY Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape Vases Craft Project

Two big crafting trends right now are chalkboard paint and Washi tape. So I figured, why not combine the two? Here are some fabulous handmade washi tape and chalkboard paint vases I created over the weekend from a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bottle and a Château Morrisette wine bottle. Not only do they look great, but they are a fun way to upcycle empty glass bottles!

Chalkboard Paint Covered Wine Bottles

To create your own DIY washi tape and chalkboard paint bottles, you’ll first need to select your bottles. Ideally, they will be empty. Rinse them out so there is no residue left in the bottles indicative of their previous contents. Then spray paint the bottles top to bottom with chalkboard paint. I used Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint for this project.

DIY Washi Tape Vase - DIY Washi Tape Craft Project Idea

Once the paint dried completely, I then wrapped Washi tape around my bottles. You can use one pattern of Washi tape or several that compliment one another. It’s all up to you!

DIY Washi Tape and Chalkboard Paint Project - Upcycled Wine Bottle

Next, you can write a message or name or a create a drawing on your chalkboard paint vase. These messages or drawings can be erased and a new message applied as often as you like. Therefore, this upcycled wine bottle vase is perfect for entertaining or as a wedding table centerpiece.

DIY Upcycled Wine Bottle Vases - Chalkboard Paint Project Idea

Now all that’s left is to add water and flowers to your vases! Create a simple arrangement with just one or two flowers or jazz it up with multiple flowers, then display.

Looking for more DIY Washi Tape Project Ideas? Then check out these other easy Washi Tape Craft Projects on Soap Deli News. And be sure to follow my DIY Boards on Pinterest!

In what ways do you like to upcycle glass wine bottles?