How to Make a Chalkboard ~ Serving Tray

Hey guys!  It’s almost summer and all I can think about is how excited I am to have friends and family over for cook-outs!  I love fun and easy ways to dress-up any plain ‘ol get-together and I’m so excited to show you what I’ve come up with this week! A Chalkboard Serving Tray!

DIY_Party_TrayIt was so fun, so easy and it’s just so darn cute!  Here’s how you can make your own!

Ryobi_SawI purchased a 2×12 @8ft. board.  It was about $13 and I was able to make 3 trays!  I used my 10″ sliding compound miter saw to cut these.  If you don’t have a saw, you can have your hardware store make these cuts for you!  If you would like to learn our tips for how to use a saw check out our video!

BoardsI cut one board @ 2ft. and 2 boards @ 3 ft.  You can make them any size you prefer but keep in mind that if they are much longer than 3 ft., they will be difficult to move around;)

Rustoleum_Early_AmericanI went with my favorite stain color (at the moment) Early American!

Stained_BoardsUsing a foam brush, I wiped one-coat of stain on the tops and sides of the boards.  Just wait 5-10 minutes and wipe the stain away with a clean cloth.

Painters_TapeNext, tape off the edges with painters tape.  I used 1 1/2″ tape and put it about 3/4″ around the board.  I also covered the sides to protect them from over-spray!

Rustoleum_Chalkboard_Spray_PaintNow just spray away!  I sprayed 2-coats of  Chalkboard Spray Paint.  This stuff ROCKS!!!

Ryobi_Corner_CatAfter the paint dried, I used my Corner Cat to distress all of the edges.  This is my FAVORITE sander that I have ever owned!  I like the edges pretty distressed but just eyeball it to your preference:)

Super_Glue_GelNow for the pulls!  I purchased these cuties for about $5 but you can get pulls way cheaper if you are trying to keep the cost down.  I just LOVED these;)  So, here’s the shocker!  I used this AWESOME Gorilla Glue Super Glue GEL to attach them!  That’s right, it’s a gel!  It is clear like super glue but it is very thick and it’s super strong!  (using a 2x board, it is difficult to find knob screws that will fit so this super glue gel was the perfect solution!)

Gorilla_Glue_Super_Glue_GelI just applied a generous amount to the bottoms of the pulls

Party_Trayand flipped them over and placed them on each end of the board.  I’m not exaggerating when I say this glue is awesome!   I have carried this big board, with bowls and food on it, all around and I’ve even carried it by one handle!  They don’t budge!  If you can’t tell I’m slightly impressed;)

That was it!





DIY_Party_TrayI’m lovin’ it!!  With the $5 pulls, I was able to make 2 – 3ft. trays and 1 – 2ft. tray for about $15 each!  We get questions about what kind of chalk pens we use on our chalkboard projects so I added a link to the ones we use below!

If you love my Chalkboard Serving Tray, I would love your pins!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Christina on December 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    What kind of painters tape did you use? The stuff I had at home does not stick at all.

  2. Alyssa Goodall on December 20, 2017 at 9:06 am

    HELP? I decided last minute that I would make approximately, um, 6 of these for Christmas gifts. Oops. Not last minute at all. My question is…. do you seal the stain at all? I”m about to put the first coat of stain on… and was going to do a few coats. Should I poly it before chalkboard paint?

    • Shanty2Chic on December 20, 2017 at 9:18 am

      We didn’t use a sealer on these!

  3. Brandy Caracciolo on October 24, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Are the stain and chalkboard paint food safe if I wanted to put cheese and meat directly on the board or should it go into small serving dishes then placed on the board.

    • Lissette Perez on January 9, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Did you ever find out the answer to this?

  4. Robin on April 11, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Hi do not see the link for chalkboard pens. Please share. Thx.

  5. Amber Ayers on May 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I made these at 18 inches and they are perfect! I also used dock cleats as handles and it gave it such rustic look.

  6. ana on November 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    i love your idea !! im definetelly gonna try it ! whats the difference between using chalkboard paint and chalkboard spray? is one better that the other? thank you so much !!

    • Shanty2Chic on November 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Ana!
      Either works great 🙂

      • ana on November 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        thank you !! ill try it asap

  7. Sharon Wood on February 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Really love this. I used part of a dirty, old plank of pine that we had hanging around the garage. I cleaned it up and made the tray. I decided not to put in the chalkboard section (chalkboard paint is not easy to get where I live), and to screw in the handles in from underneath. I also used felt pads underneath, which also covered the screw holes. We already had the wood and stain at home, so the only cost for me on this were the handles, which cost 4 Euro.

    I plan to make another using the remainder of the pine plank.

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Heather Lynn Nykun on January 26, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Hello, I made this yesterday and I love it. I’ve waited 6 years to find something to use my drawer handles with and this was perfect! Any suggestions on what kind of chalk to use that comes off easy? In the photo I’m attaching I had to wet a towel and scub off the chalk.

  9. Cassie Lee Conley on January 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Love this! I used your tutorial to make a tray as a shower gift for a friend. I made a few modifications (screwed the handles in and added felt feet to the bottom) and it turned out fabulous!

    • Michelle on December 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

      where did you buy the handle pulls??

      • Cassie Lee Conley on December 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

        Good question – I’m pretty sure I bought them at Menards!

  10. Cheryl Brown Friend on October 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve made four so far – they r great! The glue suggested didn’t work so well so my husband drilled holes on flip side for screws! Perfect!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      That’s great Cheryl! That surprises me about the glue. I still hold mine by one handle and they work great. Make sure you shake the glue well and it should come out very thick;) I’d love to see pictures!!

  11. Alison Rainey on September 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I made this today!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Awesome Alison!!

      • Alison Rainey on October 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        Thanks!!! They are super easy and adorable!!!

  12. Tammie Cook Adams on September 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I have made about 5 of these as gifts. Some I put the chalkboard paint on and a couple I did not. They have been a huge hit and could not be any easier to make. Thank you!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Love it! Thank you for sharing Tammie! Send us pictures if you have them:)

      • Tammie Cook Adams on October 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

        Here is one from my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary this summer. They were a huge hit!

        • Shanty2Chic on October 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

          Sooo cute! Thank you Tammie:))

  13. Lindsey Vogel on August 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I love this tray! Do you know if it’s safe to place food directly onto the chalkboard surface? Thanks!

  14. Shelly Zink on August 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hi! I checked out the chalk pens and it says they will be permanent on chalkboard paint, and there is a note that results on chalkboard paint may vary. Did it come off ok? I love the trays and want to make some for gifts and include a pen, but I want to be sure it won’t be permanent! Thanks so much!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Ours work fine! I would test I first to make sure though!! Thanks:)

  15. Susan on July 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Hi! I love this idea and can’t wait to make this for a wedding gift. For some reason the link to your preferred chalk pens is alluding me! Can you share again as I would like to purchase them to accompany them? Thanks so much!!

  16. June v on June 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Made one this morning!! love it!! I Also made the fathers day handprint thing I hung a picture on the clip instead of the paper came out real cute! Love all your ideas!!

  17. BitchofBeverlyHills on May 31, 2013 at 8:33 am

    that’s such a good idea, i’m going to have to try that! I’m the type of person who gets pretty intimidated at a hardware store but this looks really easy – i’ll check out your other stuff too!

  18. Leslie Stewart on May 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    What a gorgeous idea! I love how it turned out!

  19. naomi on May 30, 2013 at 6:31 am

    this is sooooo cute, i love it! ya’ll come up with some of the cutest, most simple projects

  20. Giggling Gerty on May 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Very cool. Does the chalkboard marker rub of easily??? I got one (not the same as yours) & it is pretty much impossible to rub/wipe/scrub off. Anyways love the idea!

    • Shanty2Chic on May 30, 2013 at 6:22 am

      Thank you:)). Ours does! You have to wet it and scrub a bit but it does come off:)

      • Giggling Gerty on May 30, 2013 at 6:25 am

        Oh good, will have to invest in the same on then. Thanx for the speedy reply 😉

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