I am on a mission to MAKE as many gifts as I can this year instead of buying them, so for birthdays, Christmas, etc. I have been collecting neat items from Goodwill and the antique store and then coming up with ways to repurpose them.
I found some really cool silver trays at Goodwill for a few bucks each.
I decided to paint the middle of the platters with chalkboard paint and stand them up with picture frame stands.
First, I cleaned them - toothpaste is AMAZING. It got all of the tarnish right off and made them pretty and shiny.
My little girl is an excellent helper :). Next, I taped off aorund the edges and spray painted the middle with primer. Then I painted three coats of chalkboard paint in the middle.
Here is the final product...I made one for me and one for my cousin for her birthday.