Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DIY Personalized Cutting Board

Today I'm showing you some personalized gifts we made for Christmas.

Yes, I know Christmas is over...
but hey, there are only 345 days left till NEXT Christmas!

The idea for the spoons came from Amy @ The Idea Room...
she shows you just how to do it. :)
I'm gonna share how we did the cutting board.
It's simple and super inexpensive.

The only reason I didn't post this before...
well, we didn't exchange gifts with these friends until New Year's Eve
and I was afraid she would see it before I got to give it to her!

I found the cutting board at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods.
I wanted bamboo so it would be durable...
this one is pretty big and cost about $12.
Can't beat that.

I used a Silhouette to cut out the monogram from vinyl.
It didn't want to stick to the bamboo.
Boo hoo bamboo.

I got it to stick just enough to use a pencil to trace the outline...
and that's really all I needed.

Once I had the outline, we used this ancient wood-burning
tool that belonged to my mother in law.

Not sayin' my MIL is old or anything...but...
the paper inserts that came with it told of how there was a metal shortage
due to WWII so if you needed the heating element replaced,
you first had to send back the one you had.

Crazy, right?

Anyway...I used a sharp point first to do the outline...then filled in.
Sometimes...I just did whatever. :)

We also used the wood-burning tool on the spoons
instead of the sharpie Amy used in her instructions.
To keep it consistent and not have to worry about it coming off.

I lightly oiled the board, but it probably wasn't necessary.

I think they turned out gorgeous!

My friend cried and said she didn't want to use them.
I told her to use the back side.

My sister said I needed to make her one.

I guess they were a hit!
I need to pick up some more spoons.

I think this would be an awesome wedding gift.
Or an anniversary gift.
Or a housewarming gift.
Or an "I think you're great and I wanted to play with wood-burning tools" gift...

Speaking of my mother in law...
we made a couple of spoons for her and her husband, too...
aren't they cute?

Anyway...back to my rambling...
You could even do this with something other than a monogram...
I'm thinking "Kelly's Kitchen"...
but I guess that would only work if your name is Kelly.
Otherwise it might just be weird.

Hope you're having a great week!
I have a couple Valentine goodies coming up...
and I'm finally going to tell you about that "secret project" I was working on!
I know...you just can't wait!

Sharing here:

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Jennifer Rizzo
Craft Dictator
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AKA Design
Reasons to Skip the Housework
Redoux Interiors
Common Ground
Lil' Luna
Horrific Knits
Cheerios and Lattes
Serenity You
Six Sisters Stuff
Will Cook for Smiles
It All Started With Paint
I Should Be Mopping The Floor
A Peek Into My Paradise
Life On Lakeshore Drive
Averie Lane
The Dedicated House
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Love Grows Wild
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Home Stories A to Z
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Upcycled Treasures
My Craftily Ever After
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Home Coming
What's Cooking Love?
Sincerely, Paula
Bloom Designs
Pneumatic Addict
Glitter Glue and Paint


  1. You did a terrific job with that old wood-branding tool. I love how the board and spoons turned out....lovely..oh my yes, I want. I will have to let hubs do the wood burning as I tend to be a bit clumsy (giggle)...thank goodness he is aware of that fact. Happy New Year and I am looking forward to your Valentine Day surprise....I adore Valentine's Day.

  2. That is a really, really awesome gift. I had an old wood burning tool at one time but it was blunter and not very good with fine work at all. You did a wonderful job!!!! I hope you get MY name next year in the Christmas exchange....lol xo Diana

  3. SUCH a cool idea!!! I need to do this!!

  4. Wow, this looks fantastic! Nice job!

  5. I love these! I think I may need to go buy myself a wood burning tool now! :) Thank you for sharing, found your blog via Living Well Spending Less, link party! :)

  6. How lovely, I have never thought a wood burning tool was ever going to be on my "I'd like one day" list but it may get added after seeing this. The ideas for wedding/new home gifts are pretty endless. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  7. These are so fantastic and I feel the need to go buy a wood burning kit now. :) I would love it if you would link up to our party at http://www.mycraftilyeverafter.com/2014/01/14/awesome-things-tuesday-9/

  8. Wow, beautiful! I definitely want to give that a try! I found you on Thrifty Thursday and I'm so glad, thanks for sharing this:)

  9. I LOVE these!! I thought you had stained the cutting board at first. I want a wood burning kit now! Did you use it to do the spoons too? I must have these. :)

  10. Beautiful! You're making me want to buy a wood burning tool! I love personalized gifts and am just getting around to posting the tutorials too so I wouldn't run surprises. :)

  11. Stylish and beautiful gift. Visiting from It All Started With Paint link party.

  12. All of your friends and family are going to want these! Better start stockpiling bamboo boards and spoons! Great job!

  13. Very cute idea. You must have a steady hand!
    Funny about the age of the wood burning kit!

  14. How beautiful!!! You did an AWESOME job with these, they look absolutely gorgeous! I love personalized gifts, and these would make such great gifts!!!

  15. I love these I just don't own a wood burning tool.

  16. Wonderful... This gift looks so cool... Just like my last pictures with frames brought from Soho

  17. This blog is so cute that i can't resist reading it even in my job timing :P

  18. Wow, what a sweet gift and the monogram turned out gorgeous! I would love it if you linked this project up to The Makers, http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/01/the-makers-link-party-1/

    Have a great week!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  19. What a great gift idea, i love personalized gifts! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back on Thursday.

  20. Kelly, I love this!! Thank you for sharing at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again next Monday at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  21. I love this! I also want a wood burning tool from 1941!! So Cool! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

  22. Love this! I'd love it if you'd share this at my link party, going on now! http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/2014/01/accidentally-wonderful-wednesday-2_21.html

  23. These are gorgeous! They were featured at Link'n Blogs. The party goes lives at 10pm MST, so stop by to see your feature and please link up again.

    Put A Bird On It

  24. I LOVE this idea! My sister is getting married this spring, and this would be a perfect gift for her!
    Thank you for linking up to our lovely ladies link party last week, I wanted to let you know I've featured your project at the party this week! You can check it out here if you'd like- http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/2014/01/lovely-ladies-linky-party-19-with.html
    Thanks again!

  25. What a great job! I love this idea. I have 3 weddings to go to this year and this is a perfect gift!

  26. What a beautiful gift, I love how these turned out.

  27. What a fantastic idea! I've been wanting to try this technique. Thank you so much for linking up at The Makers!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

  28. Kelly, these are beautiful! What a great gift idea; love it!

  29. Kelly, you are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party! http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2014/01/make-it-pretty-monday-week-86.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  30. Beautiful! We used to have a burning tool years ago. Love the stencil technique with it:) Pinning and sharing

  31. Love this! I'm wanting to copycat and just bought myself a wood burning tool :) I was wondering, which tip{s} did you use for this project?

  32. I just saw this! I love how this whole gift turned out! Now I must make a personalized cutting board too. Yours is fantastic! Thank you so much for linking back!

  33. Oh, wow! That looks incredible! Honestly, you could start a business if you wanted to spend long portions of your day using a wood burning too. I'm trying this out!

    Jenn | http://bamboocuttingboardandmore.com

  34. Beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing at Project Pin it! I pinned the to the Project Pin it board on Pinterest.


  35. Those are gorgeous! I'll have to keep this idea in mind!

  36. What font did you use for the monogram?

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