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Hi Guys! Today is a super fun day for East Coast Creative! I’m sharing 12 Make-It-Yourself Holiday Gift Ideas with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Live! with Kelly & Michael.  Hopefully, you can watch the segment (9am EST), but even if you can’t, this is your lucky day… I’m sharing all 12 project tutorials so that you can give some fabulous handmade gifts that your friends and family will love! You can check out the other 11 projects HERE, but let’s get started on this wood chalkboard tray!


Here’s what you’ll need to make this serving tray:

Materials: Chalkboard Paint | Wood Slice (round or rectangle) | Paint Brush | Food Sealant


This project is really simple- just grab a brush and paint the surface of the wood slice leaving about a 1/4″ boarder from the edge so you can see some of the natural wood show through.

Once the paint is dry, apply a coat of food safe polyurethane to seal it.  You can grab food safe sealant at Lowe’s.

Don’t forget to include a piece of chalk or a chalk marker with your gift and it’s good to go!


This serving tray is the perfect blend of rustic meets modern chic, a perfect gift for every foodie in your life!


Make sure you check out the other 11 Make-It-Yourself gift ideas I’m sharing today!

Click HERE to see them all!


Happy Holidays Everyone!


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