DIY :: Chalkboard Tray

Who’s ready for a new DIY craft this week? Are you shouting, “Me, me, me!!!” yet? If not, you need to be because—I kid you not when I say—not only is this DIY craft fun to make, but it’s actually functional. And in the words of my husband when he saw the finished product (during the building process he was a bit skeptical that I’d even finish it), he took one look and said, “WOW, that is by far the coolest and most practical thing you ever made, Linds. Nice job.”

So let’s get going, shall we? I found this project over at Shanty-2-Chic but altered it a bit, opting to use rope for handles in lieu of drawer pulls. So if you’re not afraid to use a drill (I promise, they’re not that intimidating!), then I’m going to show you how you can make this awesome tray for about $7.

DIY Chalkboard Tray @ The Sassy Momma

DIY Chalkboard Tray

Materials Needed:

  • 1 x 12 @ 12 ft. I bought this at Home Depot and had them cut the 12-foot section into 2 foot sections (so I had a total of 6 trays).
  • Rustoleum Chalk Board Spray Paint
  • Miniwax Wood Stain (I chose the Early American stain and it looks great!)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Some type of sander
  • 3/8” rope (or whatever thickness you want)
  • Drill and ½” drill bit


First things first, sand your board so it’s nice and smooth. Next, you need to stain your board. Using a brush, swipe one coat of stain on the top and sides of the board. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and, using a clean cloth, wipe away any excess stain. Do the same for the back of the board.

DIY Chalkboard Tray 1 @ The Sassy Momma  Once dry, you’re going to take your painter’s tape and tape around the edges of your board. Using your chalkboard paint, spray two coats of paint. A word of advice, be sure that your tape is completely smooth. I didn’t do this and the chalkboard paint seeped under the tape edges (so I repainted…because I’m completely Type A…so that the lines were sharp and straight).

DIY Chalkboard Tray 2 @ The Sassy Momma

Once that’s dry, you need to measure where you’re going to drill for your handles. This is completely up to you but using my ½” drill bit I drilled each hole 3 ½“ from the side of the board (the 3 ½” mark and 7 ½” mark) and halfway between the edge of the board and the start of the chalkboard paint.

DIY Chalkboard Tray 4 @ The Sassy Momma

Once you’ve made your two holes on each side weave your rope through the holes and tie them in a knot so that they’re secure.

DIY Chalkboard Tray 5 @ The Sassy Momma

DIY Chalkboard Tray 6 @ The Sassy Momma  BOOM! All done! Now, go present this beautiful wood creation to any of the skeptics and flaunt your woodworking ability! Or, just go put some yummy food on it use it at your next get together :)

Cute DIY Chalkboard Tray

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