Spreading the Cheer
If you don’t snag the magazine Lowe’s Creative Ideas every chance you get, well, you are missing out. And it’s free. Not free like a bad infomercial product. They actually have some great ideas…hence the title. Not like the Ear Vac I just heard about for ten minutes. Seriously. How much wax are these people producing that they need a small appliance to suck it out of a hole in their heads?!
All body hygene products aside, Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine asked me to come up with a way to spread some ‘Holiday Cheer’. I took that as sign to literally spread the Christmas spirit to our neighbors. And nothing says Jesus is born like chocolate and flowers. That combo also says work-out-ahead and please-forgive-me and how-you-doin with a wink thrown in.
I found some primed plinth blocks in the wood section of Lowes. They are with the corbels and the dowel rods. I actually have about a dozen neighbors that I was doing this for, so the first trip was very experimental. I decided that I would get two different sizes…the first was 2 3/4″…
and the second was 3 3/4″. While I was there I also picked up some quart size paint cans for three dollars each and some poinsettas (these were on sale for $1 a piece – score!).
When I got home I taped off the edges using Frog Tape. And yes, I do have rolls of this stuff in every room of the house
Now this is where the real fun part happened…I got to use chalkboard paint for the first time and it was uber exciting. It reminded me of when Tapanga finally got that makeover on Boy Meets World. best. day. ever.
A few coats later (ignore the chalkboard globe por favor) we have little chalkboard plates ready for the curing process (just rubbing chalk all over the chalkboard part so that the first writing doesn’t become permanent).
While the chalkboards were drying, Will and I made up the oreo truffles. I blogged about the recipe for these before. They are delicious and so easy that it’s kind of ridiculous.
Oh and because my little helper wanted to roll the balls with me, I had to share his greatest achievement…
After all the chocolate was hardened on our oreo treats, I lined the paint cans with some tissue paper and put in about a dozen truffles.
The poinsettias were wrapped with some old red & white striped fabric and I hung a little message plaque on each pot. (oh I just used a little eye hook and some thread to tie it all up!)
Since I decided to go with the smaller plaque, I kept the larger one for myself. It’s been really useful and I can totally see myself using it to write little messages to myself or to Jeremy long past the holidays. I thought about picking up a few more and using them as name place holders for the table.
Here’s my budget breakdown:
12 pots x $3 = $36
chalkboard paint = $6
12 plinths x $2 = $24
2 pkgs eye hooks = $4
4 pkgs Oreos = $12
4 pkgs cream cheese = $8
4 pkgs semisweet chocolate = $8
TOTAL = $98 (about $8 per neighbor)
Since I like to keep my neighbors gifts in the $5-10 range, this project was perfect…and if you have less neighbors that you treat to treats, then you can always make less. But overall – I loved this craft because it was so easy for all seasons. Just imagine it for Valentines day or for fourth of July…especially since there is always options for cheap small plants available and the plinth/chalkboards and mini paint cans are for sale year round. Merry everything
p.s. This is a sponsored post by FrogTape for Bower Power’s Frog Tape Fridays. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.