Chalkboard Wine Glasses...For A Dollar

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I've made about 15 different Christmas gifts....today, so I decided to share one. I saw glasses like this at a local home goods store for 5 dollars each. I remembered I have chalkboard paint at home under my pillow (kidding, it's under my bed, under my pillow...and as if I could forget I have a can of chalkboard spray....I'm obsessed)), and a friend these will be perfect for as a Christmas gift. I said I wouldn't post gifts in advance this year, but I guess I'm a liar. I don't think this particular friend checks my blog much if that makes it better, and I'm going to make a basket o' fun to GO with these glasses, but still....it sorta takes the fun out of gifts, but waiting sorta takes the fun out of days that end in y for me, and I won out. Yay for winning.
Let me just say this idea could NOT have been ANY easier, and I think it will be a lot of fun for future parties to write names on the tag for each person's glass....or nicknames and message (knowing this friend's significant other, the guest may not thank me, but he'll get a good laugh out of the messaging). Really, it all comes comes back to me using a little chalkboard paint. By the way, this is the same can-about fifteen projects later. Magic.
Here are my steps....if you can compute long division, and solve quantum physics, you shouldn't have any problem following along. Hardy har har...
1. Purchase wine glasses. They sell them at the dollar store, though you can also get them places like Walmart for about 25 cents more a glass if you like spending more money than you need to on things. And if you do, I've got some dust bunnies, and twigs you can buy. You are about to use a can a spray paint on these guys, and then pass them out to people filled with liquid that inhibits the hand/eye coordination, so the dollar tree was a smart choice in my head.

2. I squared off a rectangle (squared-the verb, not the noun...just wanted to clarify if you like geometry and are disturbed by a squared rectangle) with painter's tape. I then covered the rest of the glass with newspaper. I think they look like little wine glass nuns. That's fine, Catholics drink.

3. Spray (one coat should work, AND it dries sooooo fast, it's definitely a projects for impatient people, should you know any. I don't, I like to wait and really take my time in life (sarcasm-free of charge on my blog), but just in case....) and then you should have something like this...

Time for some wine-tag fun....the more wine consumed, I'm sure the more interesting the tags.
So....for a dollar each, I made 4 glasses for LESS than the price of one at the store. Just two little notes: A. Before writing on these, rub the side of a piece of chalk across the whole chalkboard surface, it makes it easier to write, erase, write erase etc. B. For cleaning-hand wash the glasses, just to be safe.
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69 comments

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

So clever! Going on my list, and now I'll be obsessed with finding cheap wine glasses.

Unknown said...

I have a friend who would LOVE these. Great gift idea!!!

:) Laura

RenaeF said...

Thanks for sharing! I hope you share more gift ideas. I need them ;)

RenaeF said...

Thanks for sharing! I hope you share more gift ideas. I need them ;)

Katie said...

Great idea!!! Each person could write their initial on them to keep them from getting mixed up. Very cost effective too.

PS: I was wondering where a real dining car might be, thanks for the suggestion. I don't know if we'll be heading that way anytime soon but it's a start on my hunt to find one to take ER too.

Vivienne Keys - Queen V said...

Oh Miss Christy I am just loving these - I am thinking bugger giving them as a presents I need them to take parties so I know which glass is mine! Plus if the host is nice she may score one too with some cute message and gift inside! So love your blog, give us more xx

Christy said...

I promise to post more....but some of my friends and family read my blog...is it wrong to block them? ;o) Anyway, we have one family Christmas set for November, so I can share some then, and then lots more in December, and I'm sure I'll throw a few more up here every few weeks....I'm not good at waiting.

Vivienne Keys - Queen V said...

Ohhh & P.S. how organised are you!!!!! Christmas is still half a year away (according to my mathematic theory) & here you are lovingly crafting gifts - too special, your friends and family must so adore you!!

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Lori said...

I love this idea, and great on wine, because no ice cube drips on the outside of the glass.

a little bit of everything said...

What a fabulous idea! Never thought of it and I have oodles of cheap glasses just waiting for this chalkboard treatment !

Pam said...

These are super cute and I am stealing for someone for Christmas!
And...I don't know which was better your great idea or reading your post. My gosh lady, you're a hoot, I was belly laughing reading your hilarity!!

Jen said...

Hi Christy!Love this idea...I am definitely doing this! Cool idea!
And I've been loving all of your Twilight posts too!

Blue Artichoke Interiors said...

Such a cute idea (and thrifty too)! I could apply this concept to a lot of cute items. Now your friend will never have a wine glass mix up when she has friends over. I'm visiting from A Vision to Remember!

Brianna! said...

this is SOOO precious
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Pam Kessler said...

That's a cute idea! I'm going to have to get me a can of that chalkboard paint - it seems to come in handy.

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

Those are so fun!! I love this idea!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Christy-
These are so clever and creative. They would make a unique gift. I am heading to my local dollar store tomorrow. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.
My best- Diane

Ashlee Marie said...

SOOO cute! I love chalkboard paint, and this idea is so cute! For dinner parties, place settings, LOVE IT! I just started a link party and I would LOVE it if you'd consider adding your crafts to it! I'm having flower headband giveaway as part of our first party too! http://imtopsyturvy.com/index.php/2010/07/topsy-turvy-tuesdays-1/

sportzmom said...

What a great idea...I'm off to the dollar store now!

Carolee ~ ArtPodStudios said...

Great Idea and so easy, been wanting to try this after seeing some of the "chalkboard" stuff at Pottery Barn and Pier 1 lately. Now even Target has gotten on to this, they just got some baskets in with chalk painted wood squared wired to the baskets for labeling! Gonna have to try that one too. Thanks for the DIY info!
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Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

I love this idea. I have a bunch of chalkboard paint left over from painting my kitchen back splash. I'm now obsessed with chalkboard paint too.

Simply Simone said...

How fantastic are these? It gives me ideas for wine bottles with ivy-vines-replants in them - chalkboard paint with quotes on growth etc for gifts! Or those starbucks glass bottles full of hershey kisses with chalkboard pain and the message "Message in a bottle" on the chalkboard part. It's endless! Thanks for the inspiration! - Simone (this is my first post EVER on anyone's blog!! ... REALLY!)

Christy said...

@Simone-I'm so glad to be your first comment, and I really appreciate the idea sharing!! What great 'next steps' for this little can of chalkboard magic. ;o)

The Pennington Point said...

What a cute idea! Lisa~

Cap Creations said...

These are so neat! great for a party!

Anonymous said...

How very cute and creative! Thanks for sharing @It's Party Time Thursday@PonyTails&FishScales!

Gretchen Seefried said...

Love this idea! Please come over and link it up in our Crafty Mamas Flock at Midchix.com!
Darling! Can only imagine what you can have fun writing on each glass!
CUTE!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Fantastic idea Christy! I can think of a hand full of people who would just love these for gifts! TFS! Love them! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase - I greatly apprecite it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Lynn said...

Cute idea, I'm sure they will be a lot of fun!

AUDRA said...

Great idea! Your friend is going to LOVE them. I need to get into the chalk board paint frenzy. There's so many great projects to do with it.

Thanks for sharing and socializing with me Monday til Sunday!

Hope to see you this week! :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Christy, Just wanted to let you know I featured your glasses today. Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly apprecite it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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