When it comes to gift giving, I love being creative and making my own gifts. I find it so much fun and love that it’s so personal!
For my step mom’s birthday I made her a chalkboard tray for her kitchen and she absolutely loved it! You can make your own by following my instructions below.
What you will need:
- Silver tray – I got mine at Home Stuff but I’m sure stores like Westpack or Makro will have someting similar.
- Blackboard spraypaint – I use Rust Oleum’s spraypaint, found at most hardware stores.
- Primer spraypaint
- Masking tape
- Beautiful ribbon – from PNA
- Glue Gun
- Cookbook stand – mine is from Home etc
- First wipe the tray with a damp cloth to remove any dirt.
- Tape down the border of your tray. This can be quite tricky, especially if your tray has a curvy border like mine. I suggest you take your time – the end result is worth it.
- Go along the border, firmly pressing the tape down to make sure no spray paint seeps under the tape and ruins your border.
- Spray with the primer. I gave mine a few coats to try and hide a floral pattern etched into the tray.
- Leave to dry for half an hour and then spray with a blackboard paint.
- After 5 minutes, peel the masking tape off to reveal your border and leave to dry overnight.
- Tie your bow and use your glue gun to stick it down.
- Cover the chalkboard in a layer of chalk and wipe it off with a wet cloth to prep it for writing.
- Write a lovely message or quote.
- It’s important to remove the masking tape soon after spraying because it’s less likely to pull off paint from the tray, making your border raggedy.
- If you remove your tape to find that spray paint did manage to seep under, use a toothpick or your nails to clean up the border while the paint is still drying.
- You’ll have to wipe your board with a wet cloth a few times after covering it with a layer of chalk to get rid of the white marks.
There you have it, how to make your very own chalkboard tea tray! I love the idea so much that I’m considering making one for my own home!