Make a Custom Chalkboard from a Charger Plate or Tray

Chalkboard gifts are so popular. The next time you walk in to your favorite Goodwill of Orange County store, you may begin to look at the housewares section with a new perspective as you discover all the homemade gifts you can make with Goodwill finds, chalkboard paint and a few other items you may already have.

christmas countdown chalkboard

We had a lot of fun making these and think that you will too. We recommend making several at once. Just follow our steps and create your own custom chalkboard gift, just in time for the holidays.

silver trays goodwill

You will need:

  • Trays or charger plates
  • Spray paint if you want to change the color of the trays or plates

krylon spray paint

  • Chalkboard paint easily found at craft stores – we like the Americana brand from Michael’s.

chalkboard paint goodwill

  • Painters tape or masking tape
  • Chalk


  • Small seasonal embellishments to glue onto to the finished project
  • A plate stand for display

Here are the step by step instructions:

If you can’t find the charger plate or tray in the color you want it, just spray paint it.

1) Clean the chargers with rubbing alcohol and completely dry.

2) Spray paint the chargers with 2 coats and let them dry overnight.

3) Use paint markers or a Sharpie to create a border line where the chalk paint will be used.

4) Use painters tape to tape the edges so your chalkboard paint ends up only in the center of the plate or tray.

5) Paint the middle section with chalkboard paint. Use 2-3 coats allowing one hour of dry time in between. Paint horizontally then vertically to make sure you get good coverage.

6) Decorate your charger to correspond with the season. Use your imagination and decor you have on hand.

7) Use chalk or a chalk marker on chalkboard section to write your message. You can erase it and re-use it for another occasion.

 We used red spray paint for our Christmas craft:

chalkboard red spray

and brown spray paint for our Thanksgiving craft:

chalkboard spray 2

Tape up the the border so the chalkboard paint only lands in the middle or your charger or tray.

tape up the edges

It’s so easy. It just takes a little time for the paint to dry between coats.

be thankful chalkboard tray

You can make coasters too!

Chalkboard Collage
Feel good about shopping and supporting Goodwill! Your purchases and donations help support Goodwill’s programs and services which provide job and employment training to people with disabilities or barriers in Orange County.

This project was created by Adrianna of More With Less Today.

Stop by for more budget-inspired ideas and follow along on Pinterest too!

Are you a Goodwill crafter too? We would enjoy connecting with you on social media using the hashtag #FindTheGood

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  1. […] Adrianna did a project for Goodwill of Orange County that came out great! You can follow her steps and get her tips and tricks right here. […]

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