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DIY: Chalkboard Boxes

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Here’s a quick and easy craft project, just in time for Mother’s Day. With only a few simple steps, you can spruce up a plain kraft box, into something a little more special for gifting.

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Step 1. Paint the lid of your box with 2 coats of Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint. Let the first coat dry before applying the second. Step 2. Prime the lid by rubbing a piece of chalk over the entire surface. Wipe off with a dry paper towel, and repeat.

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Step 3. Using chalk, or a Chalk Ink Pen, write the recipients name or initial. Step 4. Tie a ribbon (or twine) around the box, and adorn with a sprig of greenery or flowers.

All that’s left is making sure you tucked in the perfect gift!

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Packaging Supplies & Sources

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One thing I’ve been trying diligently to do, is simplify. I’ve slowly been going through cupboards, closets and drawers to sort through all my stuff. One of my recent projects was tackling all my packaging supplies. I’ve decided less is more, and have curated my collection down to the few items I use most frequently. The rest will be sold, donated or recycled. It feels like freedom.

I thought I’d share with you what I decided to keep and their sources. Nearly everything, I am able to store inside an antique tool box. I find it very convenient with the cubbies and handle. Plus, it limits the amount of things I can add to it.

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The following items can be purchased at just about any grocery or discount store. These are supplies I like to keep on hand for homemade goods or other food related gifts:
Brown paper lunch sacks, waxed paper, parchment paper, paper sandwich bags, waxed paper bags, muslin bagsbutchers twine and this natural hemp twine.

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My favorite shipping tags can be bought at any office supply store. I leave some plain, and others I dye various shades. This gives me options without having to buy more.
And Martha makes my favorite labels. Their simple, classic, and gender neutral. They also provide convenient online templates for them. Sometimes I use them in lieu of a card.

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Tape, a hole punch, pencils, and a felt tip pen are great basics. I find I usually don’t use much more than this. I do like to keep an eye out for vintage scissors, and I also really love these.

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And having a roll of clear cellophane comes in handy, as well as, flat and square glassine bags in assorted sizes, and clear cellophane bags. Some of these are from bulk suppliers…you could split an order with friends, or there are lots of Etsy sellers offering similar, if not the same items, in smaller quantities. Not pictured are kraft boxes, a couple rolls of ribbon, and a few rolls of wrapping paper, that’s about it!

What about you? Are you a pared down kind of gal or more is better?

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Friday Favorites

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Are any of you ready for your weekend to look like this? Everything about this setting, taken by Italian photographer Giandomenico Frassi, is relaxing. Wish I was there!
Instead, I’ll be doing a little bit of work this weekend, followed by a Sunday barbecue with family. I still need to plan the menu, but I know it will involve firing up the grill.

Here’s a few things that caught my eye this week on the world wide web…

I just bought 3 sets of these and a couple of these. Anyone remember Martha By Mail? They’re so similar to the ones they used to carry, hence the play on the name.
* Thanks to Chelsea, I’ve watched nearly all of these…so beautiful in their simplicity.
* I’m waiting for an opportunity/event to do this over my door.
One of my favorite stores in Paris opened up shop online. Their linens are amazing, truly.
I’ve really loved following Brooke’s posts on building Patina Farm. She has impeccable style and I’ve enjoyed reading about their journey and the insight on their design and process.

Thank you so much for spending part of your week with me…have a great weekend!

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