Crafty (& Handy) Holidays

DIY Chalkboard Holiday Favors

I was asked to contribute to her Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson, so I came up with this DIY chalkboard holiday favor. They look cute at each place setting, and you could use them as place cards too.

After dinner, your guests could write their New Year’s Resolutions on them. Then you, as party host, can impose your iron will upon everyone to make them pose with their chalkboards as photo props. Pose, unsuspecting party guests, POSE!

I think party favors can be a little silly sometimes. What do you do with them after the party? That’s why the holiday doodad is removable — so the favor can be hung as a simple chalkboard the rest of the year.

It’s a simple craft that doesn’t cost much, and doesn’t take much time (other than waiting for paint to dry). Want to give it a try? See page 228 in The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson for a list of materials needed and the full instructions.

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  • Alison
    November 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

    That’s such a cute favor! It took me a minute to figure out why there was a string hanging down, but I think that’s such a great idea. I’m definitely going to go check out the rest of the holiday guide.

  • Erika
    November 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

    What a cute and fun idea – and something I would actually use after the party :)

  • Tessa
    November 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Adorable! Totally read the second photo chalkboard as “Have more panties” the first time. Whoops!

  • Kimberly
    November 2, 2011 at 11:34 am

    This is genius.

  • Angel Y.
    November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Such an amazing idea! I’m in love :) Will definitely have to try this out.

  • Shannon
    November 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Fun idea! I love your shirt too, by the way!

  • Kristín
    November 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    awesome, I agree with you, I think holiday favors are a little silly but this is brilliant :)

  • tracy
    November 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    What a great idea! I bet it would be fun for kids too!

  • Nuit
    November 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    ok, this idea is waaaay clever. LOVE everything about this party favor and I am so doing it! thanks! xo

  • Alice
    November 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    That is such a cute idea! Love that you can use it in a practical way too so your guests aren’t throwing away their favors. Just curious – where are the white (ceramic?) birds from on your wall in the last photo? I love them.

  • Andrea Howe
    November 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Really clever idea.

  • Danielle
    November 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Love it! I thought at first that you’d found round pieces of chalkboard to use. The paint is a great idea!

  • Kathryn Humphreys
    November 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I like it. Especially the forced posing, brings out the best of my eldest child tendencies. When we have the party to unveil the bedroom there shall be forced posing with chalkboards.

  • Sarah
    November 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Umm, this book and your idea are amazing. I need to get my floors laid so I can get all of my craft supplies back out and get my groove on.

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    November 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Great photo of you:) And of course this is so clever;)

  • Jennifer
    November 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Great craft idea!

    I’ve been looking for a shade of yellow paint just like the one in that last picture. Would you please share what color it is?

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    November 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Love it! I just made some chalkbaord labels for my pantry, but am looking for ideas on how to use the rest of the paint.

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    November 15, 2011 at 6:06 am

    A great idea, and they actually fit in really well with the table set up against the white tablecloth. May have to pinch this idea!

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    I feel like you’ve probably mentioned it before, but what china pattern is that? It’s lovely!

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