Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chalkboard Tray Tutorial

Remember my Valentine post that included the chalkboard trays? Well I thought I'd show how I made them and show how it can be changed out seasonally.
Trays were a $1 at the Dollar Tree.
Step 1: cover edges using tape and paper.
Step 2: Spray with chalkboard paint. I sprayed it twice letting it dry for 24 hours in between and then 24 hours before I continued.

Step 3: Paint the edge. I used metallic pink and metallic bright red for these.

Step 4: Make fabric flowers. I've viewed a few different tutorials in blog land on how to do this. Start with a strip of fabric...the longer and wider the bigger the flower. Put a knot in one end and roll around knot, folding and rolling. I use needle and thread and make stitches as I go. But you could use fabric glue as well.

Step 5: cut out felt circles and hot glue to the back of each flower. ( I used felt I had on hand thus the color difference.)

Step 6: hot glue magnets to back of felt circles. Place on corner of tray.


After telling my sister about this she had the idea to make different color flowers for the seasons. So I painted the square tray red for her and added some spring flowers.  We'll do fall and Christmas as well!
( I wrote this when there was about 20 inches of snow on the ground!)

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Unknown said...

Dreaming of SPRING! Me too! You are clearly gonna do fab in the blogging world, this is AMAZING! Great job:) Link this up to some link parties, there is a list on a button at the top of my blog..that will get you a lot more traffic to your page!!

Jennifer said...

O Thank you! K I'm gonna link up!!

AllieMakes! said...

Cute! Thank you for sharing! Next time, to make it easier to find, link up the direct link to the post, not the link to your blog main-page :)Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Jennifer said...

Thank you AllieMakes! Oops! Can you tell I'm new to blogging? Thanks for the tip! :)

Unknown said...

Very cute!!! I'm a new follower :)

Jennifer said...

Aw thanks StevieAlaine!

ArtfullyJune said...

Very nice. It amazes me what can be done with items from the dollar store and a bit of creativity.

Jennifer said...

Thanks June! I know I've seen some amazing things crafted from items for the Dollar Store! Who knew?!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

SO cute! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

This is so darn cute! I saved this to my favorite "to-do" project list! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

Jennifer said...

Thank you Kindra! I'm honored it's on your to-do list! Thanks for the link party!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I featured your tray on my blog today! Come grab a button!

Anonymous said...

Wow - you really have to LOVE the $1 store!!

Now I know what I can do with the 12 trays leftover from our wedding cookie centerpieces which you can catch a glimpse of on my blog today at my new Foodie Friday linky party. Stop by and link up!

Oh - and I am your newest follower!! :)

Jennifer said...

Oh goodness! Thanks so much Kindra!! Will do!
Yes the $1! Again thanks for following and I adore your wedding cookie centerpieces!! Might just have to borrow that idea some day!!

crazycatladybj said...

I just bought these exact trays from $Tree for the exact same purpose. I'm going to use them to display my jewelry at craft shows. Can write the price & details right on the tray. Change it easily when something sells. Love the addition of fabric flowers.