The Perfect Gift: Etched Cutting Boards

November 19, 2013

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

Text and images by Amy Christie for Design Mom. Tree illustrations by Eloise Renouf.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve created a 3 part series of cool gifts you can make with a wood-burning or etching tool. Today’s project: cutting boards! (Find the first project here.) When the holiday season rolls around, I often wish I had a whole new collection of platters to set my table with, so I knew these would make great gifts! Just think, with a few strokes of a heat tool, wooden cutting boards can go from lacking to lovely.

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

As you whip up a couple of these as gifts for friends and family, be sure to buy extras for yourself! Serving ware never looked this good.

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

The technique is the same as it was for the spoons I shared yesterday, however the density of these cutting boards was different, more solid. The etching process changed for each board, but, as you can see, the result is the same.

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

Adding a simple design really personalizes something store-bought.

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

Ready for round two? Let’s go!

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

Supplies:

etching tool, the same one I used for the etched spoons
- cutting boards, any size, shape, design. Note, I found etching on dark wood is nearly impossible to see. But if you have your heart set on a dark-toned board, give it a try.
- phrase in your favorite font, inspiration designs

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

To add a word or phrase, type it up in your favorite font and print it out. Transfer the lettering onto the cutting board using transfer paper or by simply rubbing a pencil on the backside and then tracing around the letters. You could use a family name (wouldn’t that make a neat wedding gift?), a holiday message or a favorite word or phrase.

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

Maybe a more graphic design is your style. I repeated triangles around the outside of this little handled board after being inspired by this image.

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

Outlining works but filling them in is also a really cool effect.

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

Doodles works just as well. I was inspired by these tree sketches by Eloise Renouf and drew them on the board surface free hand, then burned them in place. Please note, if you have plans to sell these boards, you’ll need to create or commission original illustrations.

DIY: Etched Cutting Boards. So easy and they make a really cool gift.  |  Design Mom

Do these get you inspired? I hope so! If you make one of your own, I’d love to see a photo. Happy gift making!

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THIS WOULD ALSO BE GREAT FOR:

- A personalized wedding gift.
- A house warming gift.
- A birthday gift for a foodie.
- A Mother’s Day gift.

P.S. — Do you like giving handmade gifts? Don’t miss our archive of great gift ideas!

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1 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity November 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm

ooh, I love those cutting boards (maybe even more than the spoons because the cutting board sometimes gets taken to the table to cut cheese or bread on. I think it would be so much fun to think up a design and create gifts like these boards.

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2 Joceyn November 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Love these! These would make great gifts for my husband to give to his coworkers.
Question: Does burning it make small grooves that would be hard to clean after cutting meat or other things on it? I’d hate for it to not get fully cleaned and then be growing bacteria. It’s hard for m to tell from the photos how deep the burn is.

Thanks for the great ideas!

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3 rachel swartley November 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Those look great, Amy! I especially like the one that says JOY on it.

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4 Becky mitchell November 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Wow thank you for sharing these look amazing. This tool is on my Christmas wish list Xx

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5 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) November 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

It just gets better! I love these. Can’t wait to see #3!

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6 Morgane November 20, 2013 at 7:21 am

It’s so cool!

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7 Kelly November 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

Just a note to those worried about cleaning. Treat wood cutting boards the same that you would treat a wood counter top. Seal with food grade oil, I like John Boo’s Butcher block oil. Then when cleaning after use, no soap! Use white vinegar! It is completely safe. Bleach and other products dry out and ruin wood.

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8 Jjp November 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

Love this! Just curious where you purchased your cutting boards from?

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9 Rebecca November 29, 2013 at 4:44 am

Please credit Eloise Renouf for the illustrations! There’s a difference between being inspired by and copying!!!
http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EloiseRenouf

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10 amy c November 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thank you so much! I linked to the pin that featured the illustrations, but I couldn’t figure out who the illustrator was. I’ve been hoping someone would send me the name so I could properly credit the drawings. I’ll update the post right away.

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11 Fafa November 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

This design has copied Eloise Renouf’s design which is incredibly bad form unless you have contacted the artist first and asked permission.

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