The materials: These silver platters are from the Dollar Tree (not real silver, of course). You will also need chalkboard paint, a paintbrush, and I added ribbon (for hanging) and a clothespin (to hold chalk).
I first wiped down the plates so that they were clean.
If I remember correctly (gosh, I did this forever ago), I applied two coats of chalkboard paint to the inside of the plate.
This is after only one coat of paint.
The second coat of paint is crucial. A third coat might help, but the thicker the paint, the more likely the paint will crack and chip when you write on it. Use your best judgment with this.
Before writing on them, cover the dry paint with chalk and erase. I did this a couple of times to soften up the chalkboard.
It was at this point that my husband drilled two tiny holes in the top of each plate so that I could loop ribbon into the holes.
And that was it! SUCH an easy (and cheap) craft.
It's hard to see in this picture, but I added a clothespin (with hot glue) to the back of each plate. The clothespin holds the chalk. I also added a small note to the back of the plate (that's what you see in red, again, it's hard to see clearly).
It wasn't long after Mother's Day that we found out we were having a baby, so I decorated my mom's plate accordingly. She has yet to erase that message.
Is chalkboard paint one of the greatest inventions or what?!