To make the paint, you'll need acrylic craft paint (not the glossy kind), baking soda, and a cup to mix them in.
After it's dry, you need to "season" it. You do this by covering it completely in chalk...
I then glued the other end of the ribbons to the oval tray.
Then, I attached two longer, but still equal lengths of ribbon to the other end of the rectangular tray & tied them in a bow.