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Teacher Gift Idea: Chalkboard Paint Veggie Crate
Is your child’s school year over yet? Are you looking for ideas for a gift for a friend or teacher? I’ve got a tutorial for you today for a teacher gift idea or a gift for a friend. This is a chalkboard paint idea to create a garden fresh veggie bin out of a crate.
As you may know, I homeschool our girls. We are part of a homeschool co-op and I am friends with the other moms in the co-op. Those friends also happen to be teachers of my girls. It is fun at the end of the year to come up with gifts for my girls teachers because they are also my friends. I know them well and enjoy finding something I think they will really enjoy.
The woman who has taught our geography class loves to garden and has a large garden every summer. I thought it would be fun to make her something in which to put all those fresh veggies as they come in from the garden. Let me show you how, so you can make one for yourself or as a gift as well.
You will need a crate, chalkboard paint, paint brush, stencil, craft paint, and chalk for this project. I found a really pretty blue chalkboard paint that I thought would be fun and more colorful than the traditional chalkboard color.
Paint your crate with at least two coats of the chalkboard paint. My crate covered very easily, so two coats was enough. You may need a third coat.
Come up with the wording you want to stencil on your crate I went for a simple, Garden Fresh. I wanted to do Fresh from the Garden, but it wouldn’t fit at the size I wanted.
You can make your own stencil, which I showed you how to do if you look at that post, or you can purchase a stencil for this project.
Once you have completed the painting and the stenciling you will want to prime your new chalkboard surface. Do this by rubbing the entire surface with chalk and wiping it off. This makes it so that when you write on the chalkboard surface the words don’t leave a permanent mark but will easily erase.
I added a tea towel with my gift as I’m not sure of the food safety of the chalkboard paint. I wouldn’t want to put my fresh veggies in contact with it, so the towel can act as a barrier and it looks nice, too.
A couple of pieces of chalk, some handmade cards from my girls and this gift was ready to go. I hope that my friend enjoys her garden fresh crate. I know she will have plenty of homegrown veggies with which to fill it.
What kinds of gifts do you like to give? Is it fun to you to come up with personalized gifts?