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31 Days to a Stress-Free Holiday : Gift Wrap Inventory

Oops! So much for my good track record with this 31 day series. I blame it on my depression from yesterday’s embarrassing UT game. :( Here is Saturday’s post, and I’ll have Sunday’s up later tonight. And don’t forget to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway here if you haven’t yet. It ends tonight {Sunday} at 9 pm {central} and winner will be announced Monday. Are you confused yet? :)

Gift wrap is one of those things that can totally end up being a budget sucker if you’re not careful…{Especially if your kids end up selling gift wrap for a school fundraiser and you end up buying enough $20 tubes so that they can “earn” a koosh ball. Do koosh balls still exist? Hello, child of the 90’s speaking.}

Taking a look at your gift wrap inventory will help you remember what you already have from a  year ago so that you don’t end up spending money on what you don’t really need. So, take a look to see what you have and make a list of what items you still need to purchase.

There are several ways to find inexpensive gift wrap. I’ve mentioned before that I love the wrapping paper from the Target Dollar Spot. They are shorter tubes, so they work better for smaller gifts, but they have a lot of paper on the roll. These have lasted me several years!

The dollar store is another great place to check. Sometimes you’ll be able to find cute paper. I recently just bought a roll of 3M butcher paper at my local Dollar Tree. There are so many cute and creative ways to use butcher paper as gift wrap. {I’ll be bringing you a few gift wrap ideas later on in this series}.

As far as ribbons and bows go, I plan to use what I have this year. I know I have some leftover curling ribbon from last year, and I have a bunch of leftover ribbon and twine from past projects.

You could always forgo the bows completely and let the paper speak for itself or do something creative for a gift tag. This is often a better option if you are traveling with or shipping gifts, as bows will end up getting smushed anyway.

Wrapping paper is a great item to stock up on during the after-Christmas clearance sales. You can always find really great deals on leftovers, so that will be something to keep in mind for later on.

I hope you are all having a really great weekend!

 

 

 

Rustic Chalk Board {and a giveaway!}

Happy weekend, y’all! I hope you are all doing well and getting a few days to relax before the craziness of the week starts back up for you. We have had a TON of rain around here, and a lot of flooding in our area. Luckily, the worst we endured was being stuck at home for a day.

I have a fun project to share with you today!

There are about a million and one DIY chalk boards floating around the interwebs, but I still cannot get enough. This is a different take on the chalk board craze. The best part is it’s super easy and super cheap. I like both of these things! :)

Supplies needed:

A “country round” or wood plank. I found mine at Hobby Lobby. They’re usually used for wood burning crafts.

Liquid chalk board paint. I love, love, love Rustoleum brand chalk board paint!

A good flat head brush

Foam brush

Chalk

The only thing I had to buy was the wood plank. I used my Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and it ended up costing me about $6.50. Everything else I already had on hand.

The nice thing about these planks, is that you do not have to sand. They are ready to go! I decided first how much of a border I wanted to leave around the actual chalk board portion. I used the rings in the wood as my guide. I decided that two rings in of the lighter part was perfect.

Dip your flat head brush into the paint. You don’t want to get too much paint to start with, otherwise you’ll end up with gobs of paint and a wonky line. Start slowly painting a border by following the natural line in the wood. Don’t let this part intimidate you — It doesn’t have to be perfect! Plant the side of your hand on the plank to keep it steady. Continue painting until you have completed the border around the whole plank. Now, it’s time to fill in the middle with your foam brush. The foam will make the paint go on fairly smooth. You will have some texture, but it adds to the rustic vibe. You just want to make sure it won’t get in your way when writing on the board. Paint until the whole area is filled in. Go back and check for any spots you maybe have missed and touch up. Let the chalk board dry for at least a couple of hours before you decide to write on it.

Once it is dry you are ready to prime the board. Grab a piece of chalk and rub it on its side until the entire chalk board surface is covered.

Erase, and you are ready to roll! These would be great as a “Welcome” sign at your front door, a menu board in the kitchen, or wedding/party signage.

These chalk boards are so easy to make and they don’t take long at all. What would you use it for? If you decide to try it out, show me your finished masterpiece! OR! You could win this one!

To celebrate the launch of Like A Saturday, I’ll be giving away this very Rustic Chalk Board to one lucky reader. You have THREE chances to win:

{UPDATE}: This giveaway has ended! And the winner is…..Michelle! Michelle said, “I would use it in the kitchen or for a learning game for the toddler!”.

Thanks for all who entered! Didn’t get a chance to enter? Keep checking back for future giveaways.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!