DIY Chalkboard Tea Tray Gift

Chalkboard DIY
I transformed this tea tray into a beautiful chalkboard

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:

transform everyday items
An everyday household item transformed …


  1. First wipe the tray with a damp cloth to remove any dirt.
  2. 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.
  3. Go along the border, firmly pressing the tape down to make sure no spray paint seeps under the tape and ruins your border.
  4. Spray with the primer. I gave mine a few coats to try and hide a floral pattern etched into the tray.
  5. Leave to dry for half an hour and then spray with a blackboard paint.
  6. After 5 minutes, peel the masking tape off to reveal your border and leave to dry overnight.
  7. Tie your bow and use your glue gun to stick it down.
  8. Cover the chalkboard in a layer of chalk and wipe it off with a wet cloth to prep it for writing.
  9. Write a lovely message or quote.
Bow on DIY blackboard
A close-up of the French inspired bow I finished the chalkboard  tea tray off with


  • 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!


P.S. Here is a pic of the birthday girls and myself on their birthday (my step mom and sister share a birthday!)
Elsa, Jeanine and myself on their birthday!
Elsa, Jeanine and myself on their birthday!

Jenna-Leigh de Wit

Blogger and Social Media Strategist. In ♡ with the idea of inspiring with words & photographs.

  1. Hi Jen

    It is stunning! Wow you are so creative… And I just love my gift, I think I need to display it rather in my room. Thank you very much!

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