Mother’s Day DIY – Chalkboard Breakfast Tray

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Mother’s Day is breakfast is bed.  This easy craft is just the perfect gift to serve with!  I came across this craft when looking for a hostess gift idea.  The original idea was for a cheese tray, which you can then lie the cheese on & write the names.  I amended it to be a tray on which to deliver a scrumptious breakfast, with a hand-written note. Styling this made me feel like a little girl again – I used tea cups & saucers from my grandmother & made a sweet bouquet made from the flowers gifted to me by Kim at Snapping Turtle Kids. I used to love making wild flower & honeysuckle bouquets from our backyard.

The original craft idea came from Wit and Whistle.  Their directions (amended, because we did not use painter’s tape) are as follows:

you’ll need:
a porcelain platter (mine is from CB2)
Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at Dick Blick or Amazon)
(Don’t use regular chalkboard paint. This only works with porcelain paint.)
a soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)
a regular kitchen oven

how to:
1. Make sure your platter is clean and dry.
2. Please note that this particular porcelain paint says it’s not recommended for surfaces that come in contact with food. Consider yourself warned. It’s water based and non-toxic, so I don’t see the harm in placing some cookies or cheese and crackers on it. I guess I’m just a daredevil! The folks at Dick Blick suggest painting a dinner plate with it on their website, so they must live on the edge too.
3. Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. You will be able to see the brush strokes after the paint dries, so be careful and keep your strokes even. I ended up applying two thin coats of paint (allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second).
4. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then, bake your platter following the instructions printed on the back of the paint bottle. After baking turn off the oven and leave the platter inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.

* Wit & Whistle is a paper goods & card company founded by Amanda Wright. Click here to find their Mother’s Day Cards.

You can paint the entire surface, or draw a shape as I did.  Once the tray dries, you will be able to write on it!

You can use ANY piece of porcelain - or even wood.  I think it would be very cute to use a proper tray with handle and  make circle where the mug & plate would go.  Be creative!

I live for gorgeous prints on paper – gift card or gift wrap, you had me at hello.  This print is by Snow & Graham – isn’t it eloquent & fresh?! Moms deserve sweet & classy.

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