Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dollar Store DIY- Chalkboard Tray!

Gather your Materials

  • Silver metal tray from the Dollar Store (it looks like the real thing!)
  • Chalkboard paint (or spray paint)
  • Ribbon
  • Flat, wide paint brush
  • E6000 (or hot glue)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Chalk!

Let's Get Crafting!

Prime the tray by wiping it down with some Windex or rubbing alcohol.  Let the tray dry.  Now, pull out your chalkboard paint and shake, shake, shake!  The stuff tends to separate, so shake it good!

Tape around the inner edge of the platter making sure to press the tape down firmly on the edge where the paint will meet so none seeps under.

Use a flat wide brush and in long even strokes, gently drag the brush across the tray in one direction. Don't go back and forth over it, even if there are bald spots, or you will mess up the smooth finish.  Wash your brush and let the tray dry for at least one hour before adding a second coat. 

Once you're ready for another coat, shake the bottle again and paint another layer across the tray perpendicular to your last coat.  Remove the tape carefully and let the tray dry for at least 24 hours before you touch it.

While the tray is drying, make your bow.  I used wire satin ribbon, but any ribbon will look nice.  Don't worry if it isn't perfect at first.  Just tug at it a bit until the loops look the same size and trim the tails to even them up.  For a finishing touch, I always put Fray Check on the cut ends of ribbon.

You can glue the bow on with hot glue, but I'm pretty much an E6000 girl.  So, I added a bit on the back of the bow and attached it to the tray holding it together with a binder clip. 

When the board is ready, you'll need to "season" it.  Take a piece of chalk and gently rub the side of it on the entire black surface.  Then, use a tissue to wipe it clean. 

Ta daa!  Your board is ready for a dozen different uses.  Use it as a message board, menu board, inspiration board, or maybe to leave a message to Santa.  Plus, it's magnetic!  I'm using mine as a menu board for our tailgating tent on The Boulevard.  More on that to come. 


  1. Melissa, this turned out AWSOME! So glad to see someone else hunts the dollar store too! :)

  2. Thanks! I saw someone selling these on etsy for $25! The exact same dollar store trays and the paint job was not good at all. Crazy!

    1. Their paid job was great. This right here is a hot mess. You tried tho, but failed miserably.

    2. Not sure how you can tell who I was referring to as this was a post from 2012. I looked today and they are no longer on etsy anyway.

      How did I fail miserably? That's a strange comment.