My daughter draws on everything. So instead of getting her a character activity tray, I went with a plain pink one. For her it was like a blank canvas. She wanted to use Sharpies to decorate it but I wanted something that would last a little bit longer. I bought some Folk Art Chalkboard Paint and figured if it didn’t work, I was only out about $8.00 for the tray and the paint. But it did! And she loves it. Here’s what you need:
Plain activity tray (Hobby Lobby $6.99/ sale $4.24)
Folk Art Chalkboard Paint ($4)
Sponge brush or sponge roller
Tape off the edges of the tray. Using a sponge brush or sponge roller, cover the flat surface with chalkboard paint. For the best coverage, try 2-3 coats.
If you want a smooth surface, try sanding with fine grit sandpaper after the final coat has dried or painting with a sponge roller. (Honestly, my daughter didn’t care. So I didn’t make mine smooth).
As soon as I told her the paint was dry, she started drawing. She loves her chalkboard tray and I love that she’ll get a lot of use out of it!