How to host a party with your friends and family – All you need is a little creativity and the right tools! We are sharing on the blog today this lovely DIY Charcuterie board that will be the center of attention at any gathering for any occasion.
How to make a DIY Charcuterie Board
You may have seen these cheese boards at every party lately, all over your Instagram feed, and on cooking shows you love. This simple piece of wood can be transformed into an eye-catching staple that will impress any gathering with ease!
You might think a Charcuterie board is just for catered parties or fancy dining rooms – but it’s so much more than that! They’re perfect to make when entertaining guests. Today I am sharing with you how to make your own so you can impress those guest you have invited over this weekend!
SUPPLIES NEEDED to make your own Charcuterie board
- 17 inch round piece of wood (Home Depot or Lowes)
- Pencil and flat edge for tracing – ruler
- Sanding brush
- Dixie Bell Voodoo Water Gel Stain – color Up in Smoke
- Bag of Rags )
- Plastic gloves
- Wooden Candlesticks
- Stencil Vinyl 813
- Transfer Tape
- Cricut Mat
- Word printable (Download below)
- Dixie Bell Howdy-Do Hemp Seed Oil
- Heat gun
1 – To begin, grab your 17 inches round, a pencil, and a flat edge. Divide your board into 8 pie-like sections, giving you a simple guide. Eyeball or be as precise as you want.
2 – Grab your Dremel and with a steady hand, apply along with your light pencil markings on your board. It is okay if it is not perfect, so don’t beat yourself up. You will get better with practice. Tip* Be sure to use 2 hands and pull the dremel towards you. If you have an extra body around, have them hold your board in place or clamp it down to keep it secure as you work. THIS METHOD ISN’T THE EASIEST! You can definitely achieve the same look by marking off your board and simply painting you lines in.
3 – Sand your board down a bit to get the rough edges off and wipe off excess dust.
4 – Grab your plastic gloves and a rag.
5 – Squirt a bit of Dixie Bell Voodoo Gel Stain, Up in Smoke color. With your rag, rub it in your wood, going with the grain. Really work it into your lines and make it as dark as you like. Add more to get the color you desire. Don’t forget to do the bottom of your Charcuterie board as well.
6 – Grab your 4 wood candlesticks to serve as risers for your Charcuterie board. Stain as well by squirting directly onto your rag and then rubbing in. Set aside.
7 – Dry your board with a heat gun.
8 – Dry completely. Sand your board a bit and wipe off excess debris.
9 – Once you have printed your words (in any font you like) on Cricut Stencil Vinyl from the link provided on your Cricut Joy, you need to begin cutting out your letters from your vinyl into smaller sections to work with. Save your scraps. Tip* If you don’t have a Cricut, you can use letter stamps, Posca pen, graphite, etc. instead.
10 – Weed out your letters and begin setting them on your board, eyeballing where you think they look best. Your list of words could include: Meats, cheese, sweet treats, veggies, fruits, nuts & olives, bread & crackers, dips & spreads
11 – Grab your transfer tape and apply a section covering your vinyl stenciled words. With a flat edge, be sure to press firmly so it adheres, pulling the vinyl letters up. Once on there, peel the white backing off and apply it to your charcuterie board where desired. Repeat for all of the words and apply them all around your board. Tip* Reuse your transfer tape more than once to be cost-effective.
12 – With your Dixie Bell Chalk Paint, color Drop Cloth, place a tiny bit of paint on a plate or coffee filter. You won’t need a lot of paint. With a makeup sponge, lightly get a bit of paint and begin to dab over your stencils.
13 – Once all is painted, carefully remove the stencil paper with your weeding tool.
14- Grab your 4 wooden candlesticks and your hot glue gun. Glue in place on the bottom of your board to create a statement piece Charcuterie board. Be sure your placement is nice and even so your board stands up flat and sturdy. Tip* Use a dollar store vase instead added to the center of the bottom of your board.
15 – To seal it, so it is 100% safe to use with food, we will use Dixie Bell Howdy-Do Hemp Seed Oil. With a brush, we will add some oil all over your board. Brush it all over, remember to go with the grain. Be sure to do the edges of your board. Your board will need to cure for at least 3 weeks before it is able to be used with food.
See. Not your parent’s boring, old meat and cheese tray. Instead, a beautiful DIY Charcuterie board. This is the perfect project for a DIY Christmas gift (in July) idea, housewarming gift, party hostess gift, anniversary or wedding gift, etc. This Charcuterie board will be desired by all at the party once they start munching the goodies on top, and seeing your handiwork underneath, Nice work. Now, I am hungry.
Be sure to save this pin for later so you can make your own DIY Charcuterie board!