Last Minute Dollar Store Yankee Swap Gift-Pinterest Inspired

by - Sunday, December 18, 2011

So I have a staff meeting tomorrow at work and after the staff meeting we plan to have a small Holiday gathering with a gift swap.  We were instructed to wrap something we already own . . . well I just couldn't think of anything to give that I already owned.  I'm just not good at these things!  I need specifics! Should it be wacky, tacky, or a real gift?!? IDK.  

So here I am the day before . . . (because there's nothing like procrastination-it's just how I  function) trying to decide what to give.  

Then I browsed Pinterest and came across this idea:

Pinned Image

originally blogged about  here:

  I had re-pinned this idea a short while ago with the original intention of making a set for myself for when I have a girl's night, but I figured this would make a cute gift as well.

 So I ventured into Dollar Tree to purchase some glasses, sure I own wine glasses, but none that I wanted to give away . . .  So I grabbed up a couple from Dollar Tree (especially good because if I failed at this project I wouldn't have lost much money on it).

First I laid out some newspaper.
In the original tutorial it says to dip the glasses into a can of chalkboard paint, well I only had the chalkboard spray paint so I used what I had.

 Second:  I wrapped newspaper around the stem . . .

 and then taped it off with painters tape.

 I then used a combination of foil and newspaper to cover the rest of the glass.

  Next,  I gave the glasses a few quick shots of Rustoleum's Chalkboard spray paint.  Then I let it dry and then did a second coat.

I removed the tape and foil and was able to get a perfect-clean line around the stem.
 I bundled a few pieces f chalk and wrapped them with a festive red ribbon.

So there you have it!! A super-quick, easy and inexpensive swap gift.

We'll see how I make out-hopefully my gift won't get shunned for being too practical! Fingers crossed!

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  1. Such a cute idea Carli! They make the perfect gifts! I love practical gifts. I know that it's something that will get used versus sitting in the back of someone's closet! LOL!! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!!

  2. Carlita, That is such a great idea! I have never seen anything like that before. Very creative! Hey if they dont like them at work, I will take them! lol

  3. Creative idea, I'm sure your co-worker is going to love it.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  4. What a creative idea! WOW! I love that... I have a tremendous amount of red wine glasses I have never used, that I can do this with for little gifts, I need some paint, like now... Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!


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