This is another great little project I came up with for Christmas gifts this year. I absolutely love the way these turned out and all you need is:
Ornate metal serving trays (you can find these for great prices at thrift stores and vintage shops)
Now you put them together: Paint a few coats of chalkboard paint into the middles of the serving trays. Add a bow and voila: A really lovely message board; just add chalk.
Extra points if you find one that attracts magnets...then you can hang little what not's on it as well. Have fun!