I love this idea (as with all the other homemade gift ideas) but the great thing about it is you can either purchase a new tray as I did or you can upcycle an existing tray that you have!

What you will need

  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Old or New Tray (you can use a metal or wood tray, I would suggest sanding down a wood tray first before applying the paint)
  • Paint Brush
  • Newspaper
  • Turpentine (to clean your brushes with and to neaten up mistakes)
  • Chalk
  • Biscuits (cookies) & Snacks / A Cup with Marshmallows & Hot Chocolate

Tip: Instead of using an old tray, why not re-purpose an old kitchen cabinet door!


  1. Lay down the newspaper to protect your working surface.
  2. Put your prepared tray on top.
  3. Open paint and mix.
  4. Paint a few layers of Chalkboard Paint with a little bit of drying time in between.
  5. Allow to dry (you are looking at about 2 days drying time).
  6. Write a message with Chalk.
  7. Add snacks and Chalk to tray.
  8. Decorate with ribbon and you are done!

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