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Operation DIY: Cheesy Chalkboard Tray

Dec 28, 2017

Operation DIY: Cheesy Chalkboard Tray

December 28, 2017 / Create, DIY

Sometimes it’s big fun is to create something for ourselves rather than hitting the stores trying to find just the right look, the right size, the one thing that’s a yes. (Plus, it’s great to be able to say, “I made this,” and hear the wows.)

So, while we were pinning away on our Pinterest the other day we came across this awesome chalkboard cheese tray DIY from the DIY Network. We loved the idea and wanted to try it ourselves with some of our frames!

Chalkboard Cheeseboard Tray
DIY chalkboard from DIY Network

Our version is much easier to make and saves you money, time and materials, because you can simply order a pre-made chalkboard! Then all you need to do is measure, attach the handles of your choice, and voila! So let’s get started!

First, go to and choose the moulding that fits your style – metallic, barnwood, etc. – there are a ton of custom chalkboard frames to choose from, so you’ll get just the look you want. We selected a natural frame with some nice texture for ours for our tray.

Chalkboard Cheeseboard Tray from


  • A power drill
  • Two drawer handles (and screws)
  • Measuring tape

Supplies needed
Chalkboard featuring one of our Natural Wood Frames

Often, if you purchase a handle from your local hardware store it will come equipped with the appropriate screws. It’s fun to select the perfect handles to match your personalized chalkboard and décor!

Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, find a an open, strong surface to drill your handles on. Make sure the surface is sturdy as it may take some force to drill into the picture frame. Once you’ve located a good spot, you can get to work!


Measure your frame area to determine where the handles should be so they are neatly and evenly centered on either side of the frame.

Measuring for Handle Placement

Mark the spot for your first screw by driving it slowly into the frame.

Attatching the handles

Screw each hole in individually until the handles are securely fastened.

Power Drill attatching screws

Plan a party so you can show off your handy cheese board!

The Finished product a Chalkboard Cheeseboard Tray

Not only is your cheeseboard/charcuterie tray a great entertaining tool, because it is also a chalkboard, you can label your cheeses or other items on it or even create some cool little drawings for labels to further entertain. It’s really easy to clean.

And, as an awesome plus, if you order with it will come with hanging hardware secured to the back. Instead of stuffing into a drawer until your next soiree, it transitions easily into wall décor. It can easily double as a shopping list, or a cute spot to put little quotes or messages in your kitchen or dining area.

This quick and easy DIY is also an awesome gift for your favorite friend or loved one that loves to entertain. And the personalization makes it easy to customize exactly for your giftee!

If you build a cheese board for yourself, be sure to invite us to whatever fabulous party you throw to show it off! Or, you can simply share your wonderful creation on social media with us using the hashtag #FramingJoy.

Written by Roominate contributors Sarah and Cheryl

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