When I saw the chalkboard tray that Jill from Gypsy Brocante created I couldn't wait to make my own version. When I went to my local thrift store they didn't have a silver tray for less than $6 so I decided for my first attempt I would purchase a silver tin tray I had seen at the Dollar Tree last week. It worked PERFECTLY!!! I bought a quart of chalkboard paint at Walmart for about $9, but should be able to make about 50 trays with it so all in all the project cost me $1.20ish per tray!!! I apologize for the writing on the tray. We only had sidewalk chalk which is so large I could hardly write anything with it! These trays are SO easy, but a little time-consuming to make. I used 3 thin layers a paint and it took about 48 hours for everything to dry. My mom had a plate hook so I just attached it to the back and hung it on a wall in her kitchen. I plan on giving these as hostess gifts for parties we are invited to this year and possibly Christmas gifts for neighbors.