December 8, 2013

DIY- Chalkboard Serving Tray

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My boyfriend recently remarked that he is allergic to the two things I love most in the world: cats and cheese. This is not a craft for him. The holidays are a wonderful time to host your friends, and I always try to leave a serving tray of goodies out when I have friends over.

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To start, purchase a white serving tray or plate. I have also seen other DIYers use a picture frame, painting over the glass as the serving top. Block off a square space with painters tape so you will have nice, clean edges on your tray.

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For this craft, I used Martha Stewart multi-surface chalkboard paint. The only bottle available was pretty large, so you can expect to see some more chalkboard themed crafts in the near future.

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Squeeze a generous amount of paint onto your tray and spread around using a foam paint brush. Usually two coats should do the trick, but I decided to use three just to be safe.

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The chalkboard paint needs a good amount of time to dry between coats, so be sure that you do not try to put on a new coat while the bottom one is still tacky, as the paint will get spread around, creating white space in the paint and a bumpy surface.

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Once your surface is totally dry, use the long side of a stick of chalk to set the paint so that the first time you write on the board it will not be stained. Then just wipe off with a damp paper towel or rag.

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Unfortunately, the only chalk stick I had was a fat one. For those like me who are obsessive compulsive about their crafts and handwriting, I would recommend investing in a chalk marker.

This makes an excellent hostess gift to take to a family member or friend over the holidays, or could be made as a Secret Santa gift. Happy eating, readers!

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