My mom commissioned me to make Christmas gifts for all of her board members at work. And as I have mentioned before, I love love love chalkboard paint! So I thought I would make everyone a chalkboard vase. I'm also new to sewing so I sewed a little pouch to hold the handmade felt eraser, two pieces of chalk, and instructions on how to care for the vase.
I sewed the 5X3 inch pouch from some material that is both festive and good for year-round display. I cut some Velcro to size and glued it on the inside of the pouch so it would stay closed. I then glued a button on the front. I then cut a 3X3 inch square out of black felt and glued a ribbon and buttons in the center that serve as the handle. I printed "care" instructions from the computer and glued them onto a file folder (you know those whitish ones?). I used a crinkle patterned scissors to cut the instructions out and a hole punch to punch a single hole through all three pieces. I then used a small piece of hemp string to tie them all together. I folded the eraser in half and stuffed it, the chalk, and the instructions into the pouch.
The vases were all purchased from the thrift store. (If you're trying this at home make sure to use smooth surfaced vases to ensure a smooth writing surface for the chalk.) I used a can of spray chalkboard paint and painted all the vases at once.
I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!