Christmas Gift Wrapping with IKEA

A few months back I was invited to a festive gift-wrapping workshop with IKEA in London. It was far too early to really think about Christmas back then (I think it was June!), but the event also offered a sneak peak at IKEA’s Autumn / Winter collection (in-store now), which I couldn’t refuse!

You might remember that last year IKEA put on a Christmas tablescaping workshop for a few crafty bloggers, where I obsessed over a gorgeous black bear ornament. This time we were treated to a gift-wrapping workshop with the lovely Janine, who has a completely different creative job by day, but is a widely acknowledged ‘awesome gift wrapper’ on the side – nice to be multi-talented!

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It was lovely to see some friendly faces in the form of Gabrielle from Design Curator and Anna from The Smell of Roses (not to be confused with The Only Smell is Roses, which I nearly wrote – too much TOWIE), and to meet some new faces too – namely Lou from Little Green Shed, Jess from The Only Girl in the House and Georgia from Flowers in the Window. As well as making some gorgeous gift-wraps, Georgia also patiently put up with a mega coughing fit from me on the train back to Essex – sorry!

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IKEA Christmas Tablescaping Workshop

Can you believe that it’s just six more Sundays until Christmas? I don’t know about you, but for me it feels like the months fly by quicker and quicker every year! Still, at least it’s nearly the holidays!

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Earlier this year I was invited to an IKEA tablescaping event with some fellow bloggers to preview IKEA’s Autumn / Winter range, as well as take a sneak-peak at some of IKEA’s scandi-inspired Christmas goodies. I’m a big fan of IKEA, and always try and fit in a visit before Christmas.

The event was held at 19 Greek Street – a modern white event space in Central London. I was thrilled to join some blogger friends – namely Hannah from Crafternoon Cabaret Club, Tasha from Graphique Fantastique, Rosie and Hannah from The New Craft House, and Emma from Emma Jane Palin.

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After an introduction from the IKEA bods who talked us through the four new autumn / winter trends, we were invited to have a leisurely peruse, and get hands-on with our own DIY tablescapes. A credit to the IKEA wares, we soon felt at home, and were all prepared to move in within minutes.

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DIY Chalkboard Paint Herb Pots

A while ago, my boyfriend returned from IKEA with three mini plant pots, which were great, apart from the colour. As a result, they soon became my target for a new DIY craft project.

DIY Chalkboard plant pots

Having helped my mum, who runs a children’s nursery, paint a wall at work with black chalkboard paint, I decided to try a new DIY to transform the pots into customisable herb pots.

You will need:

  • Chalkboard paint (not to be confused with chalk paint)
  • Small plant pots (these were IKEA)
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalk (sticks or liquid pen)
  • Herb plants

Painting chalk pots

You can buy chalkboard paint from your local Homebase or B&Q. After giving it a good stir, you simply paint it on liberally, trying not to paint your own fingers, and/or other appendages.

As the paint dries, you’ll see it turn from a dark glossy grey to a matt black, and then you’re ready to customise with chalk. I chose to label my fresh herbs, but you can write whatever you fancy!

DIY Thyme Chalk Paint Pot

The best thing about chalk is that if you draw something that you don’t like, you can use a damp cloth to erase it and start again. You can even change your design or message daily…

This DIY project is really quick and easy, and great for personalised gifts or mementos. If you don’t like chalk sticks, you can also use liquid chalkboard pens for added artistic control.

Have you experimented with chalkboard paint? What did you make?