Super Easy Chalkboard Plate

Well, helloooooooooo there!
So sorry it’s been awhile, but we have been very busy enjoying all the fun stuff summer has to offer (and going a little crazy from cabin fever whenever we can’t get out)

So, I wanted to show a fun craft that I saw here last year sometime somewhere (I see sooooo many great ideas, but my memory poops out on me sometimes…..or I just forget to write it down…..).

I got these beautiful plates on clearance from Target some time ago and knew they would be perfect! I like the way they have a wide edge around them.
You will also need:
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Primer
  • Blue tape (painters tape)

Start by taping off where you want the chalkboard area to be…..making sure to cover the rest of the plate to keep it splatter-free. See how I used the tape to make curved corners….it’s easy :)

Spray a layer of primer first. This will help the paint to stick to the slick surface of the plate. Then, spray 2-4 thin layers (thin layers will keep it from getting drips) of the chalkboard paint till you are happy with the thickness. 
After you are happy, take the tape off (before it dries), just in case your painters tape pulls off the paint once it’s dry.

Now you have something to use for your daily menu, instructions to hubby & kiddos, shopping list, etc…….

These also make awesome gifts…..this is one thing I made to give out at Christmas last year ;)
Thanks so much for sticking with me this last month while I was being a hermit….I LOVE you all and will be posting more often now that school is almost back in session.
 (YES! In California school starts early! Maddie goes back the 16th)
Have fun!
About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. Beautiful! Love how well you painted the corners. What kind of white marker did you use? Looks so nice!

  2. This is awesome! I have several old plates and bowls that I can’t bear to part with. Some I used for this…

    but needed a creative boost to help conquer the remaining pile of dishes! THANK YOU! I’ll be spray painting away TODAY!

  3. I love that idea…I think that would make an adorable wedding shower gift. Thanks for the idea.

  4. I saw these on Brown Paper Packages. Is that where you saw them?


  5. Cute! California school does start early! – we started back this past Tuesday :(

  6. Yay! I can’t tell you how excited I was to see a new post from you. I love that color of plate. It looks great with the black chalkboard paint!

  7. so nice to see your blog pop up in my blog reader today! Love your idea xx

  8. I’m glad you are back… I’ve missed you! Back you are… great idea! Thanks! Vicki

  9. I just had to de-lurk to say that I’m so happy your back. Your blog has been such an inspiration. Like many of your works, I’m putting this one on the to-do list.

  10. This is a great idea and I need some fun,new cool stuff in my kitchen. This is one I will definately try.

  11. Yea! It’s good to see you back. I love this idea. I will add it to my growing list of crafts I want to do. Thanks!

  12. What a great idea! I love the green!

    I have a new linky party, and if you have time I’d love it if you checked it out!

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  14. I love this idea! I think I’ll be doing this for Christmas gifts this year. Great idea!

  15. Oh my cuteness! Love this and I’m so going make one…or two…or three…

  16. What happened to scribbe it on line that had your “Be” blocks???

  17. I hope you had a good summer and I hope you will be back to blogging soon! ;D

  18. Oooh! I love this idea, and it will be awesome for my family Christmas gifts this year. I am posting about this today on my blog with a link to you and your fabulous blog. Can’t wait to make this and share it!

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