Handmade gifts hold a special place in my heart. I love getting them and giving them, so I try to stock up by making a few here and there for everyone on my list. Occasionally I find that I need a hostess gift, and my wood cheese tray with a chalkboard accent is the perfect solution. They’re so easy to make you can knock out quite a few of them in an afternoon, so you have a supply of super easy gift ideas that can you can stack up easily and pull out when you need it.
Because this is a monthly Lowe’s challenge, I picked up a plank of premium pine boards, which were about $5 each for a 4 ft. board (which I cut in half for this project). While I was there I also grabbed a quart tin of chalkboard paint, painter’s tape and some foam brushes.
After you cut them in half,then sand them down. I found that my Rockwell Orbital Sander worked best for this project, it was faster and they were completely smooth, including the ends.
Then tape off a strip on the bottom, about 3/4 of an inch or so wide, down the length on one side.
After the tape is ready, paint the taped off ribbon with three coats of chalkboard paint, waiting between each coat according to the directions on the can. Three good coats should be enough to give you a solid coat.
Then 24 hours later, you’ll want to cure the chalkboard paint by rubbing chalk over the top, then cleaning it off – and you’re done! Sealing both sides of the board means it can be used on either side – and you could make these any size you’d like. I kept mine pretty small since they’re hostess gifts, but these could be gorgeous if they were longer for a huge buffet. The sky’s the limit!
Thanks to Lowe’s and Rockwell Tools for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, words & opinions are 100% my own.
As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own.