As I mentioned here, I enjoy decorating for the holidays; but, in a way that is subtle and easy to take down as the holidays change or end. A while back I was scouring the dollar store for things that could be turned into an easy DIY, when I found this tray. Not quite sure what I was going to use it for, I snatched it up thinking I could use it for something throughout the holidays. Now that I was ready to create something with this tray, the brainstorming began and I remembered I still had a can of chalkboard paint… And the rest is history! Let the next dollar store hack begin…
Items needed: chalkboard paint, burlap or ribbon (your choice), hot glue gun, foam brush, scissors, and a tray.
Apply a coat of chalkboard paint and allow it to fully dry. Once it has dried, apply another coat and let that fully dry. Depending on coverage and texture you’re looking for, you may have to apply yet one more coat. blah, blah, blah, patience! Not my forte…
Now that you’ve reached the desired finish, touch up the edges if you’re a bit of a messy painter (like me!). I took a few q-tips, soaked them in acetone, and cleaned up the edges.
Grab your burlap, I got mine from Wally Mart, and tie it in a bow. Glue that bow on the edge of the tray.
Condition the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk over the entire surface, then wipe clean using a damp cloth.
Write a little holiday message, display, and almost Happy Thanksgiving!
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