Who doesn't love something with chalkboard? It's all the rage in decor and crafting right now, and I admit to falling victim. A while ago, I came across the most adorable silver tray, painted with chalkboard paint on Pinterest, and I thought "how can I make a chalkboard tray?" Well, that pin sat in my mind for a long time, poking at me to try and re-create it myself.
I scoured local thrift stores for silver trays, never willing to commit, afraid of messing it up. The biggest hindrance to my crafting is my fear of messing it up. Does that ever happen to you?
In a stroke of brilliance - ok totally random and accidentally, I found out the DOLLAR STORE has silver-looking plastic trays. These would be perfect! Here's how you can make one of these darling trays for yourself (for under $3) - perfect for a Menu Planner, Party, or gift.
Things You Need:
Silver Trays - got these at the Dollar Store
Chalkboard Paint - I used Martha Stewart
What To Do:
Tape off the edges of your tray - the corners were tricky, so take your time.
Paint the flat part of your tray with the chalkboard paint. Pay attention to your strokes and thickness of the paint.
Let it dry the recommended amount of time.
Add a second coat, paying attention to stroke lines and paint thickness again.
Let it dry overnight - or as directions advise.
After it dries, carefully remove the painter's tape.
Cure the chalkboard by lightly rubbing chalk over it and erasing. Go lightly to avoid scratches.
Now it's ready to use - I turned it vertically and placed it on a small easel I have. You could add a bow to the top with a hot glue gun, or even a small hook on the back to hang it up. The more I thought about it, the more uses I came up - it would make an adorable cheese tray - you could write the names of the cheese right on it!
How would you use one of these chalkboard trays?
catch you soon -