Chalkboard Tray Tutorial

I upcycled an old wooden tray to make this handy chalkboard tray!

Chalkboard Tray Tutorial by Craftulate

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First I cut a piece of chalkboard contact paper to the size of the tray and carefully stuck it to the inside of the tray. I thought that this would be super tricky to get perfectly flat but because the paper can be repositioned I could just lift and retry it. So it was just a case of working fairly carefully and smoothing out any air bubbles as I went.

Chalkboard Tray Tutorial

Then the contact paper needs to be “cured”, sort of like seasoning a wok I suppose! This is done by rubbing the long edge of a piece of chalk over the paper and then wiping off with a felt eraser. For more handy tips about using this contact paper, see here.

Chalkboard Tray Tutorial

Then the chalkboard was ready to use! I put some chalk and an eraser in a pail to keep things tidy.

Chalkboard Tray Tutorial

I showed it to F and he immediately started scribbling. The white chalk worked better than the coloured chalk for some reason. But he really loved rubbing off the chalk!

Chalkboard Tray Tutorial

We’ve now had this for a week and he’s played with it every day. F loves handing me the chalk and calling out letters, animals or “choo choo” for me to draw. I just love that!

Chalkboard Tray Tutorial

The tray has ended up living in my husband’s study, with a vague hope that F will play with this rather than my husband’s computer!  Plus it also means that we can leave messages for Daddy to find!

Chalkboard Tray Tutorial


This activity was part of our Black Crafts and Activities week. 

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