Personalization can make all the difference between home décor that’s simply beautiful and home decor that’s really special. A monogram can transform a basic item into a one-of-a-kind keepsake, and initials look particularly impressive when showcased on wood. The next time you host an informal evening with loved ones, and you want to serve a charcuterie board with a personalized touch, then unveil this project alongside your favorite array of small bites. Using a customizable font and a food-safe wood burning tool, you can inscribe a design in an afternoon — leaving plenty of time to choose and display appetizers in the evening.
Things You'll Need
- Wooden cutting board (most box stores carry a variety)
- Wood burning tool
- Graphite pencil
- Image or print-out of monogram
Step 1: Print Out a Monogram
Decide how you want your monogram to look. Find a letter or image in a magazine, or print out something that is the proper font and size for your cutting board. Solid lines will be easier to transfer.
Step 2: Scribble on the Back of the Monogram
Scribble across the underside of the monogram with a pencil. You want a dark block of graphite anywhere there is a monogram line.
Step 3: Trace Over the Monogram
Place the monogram onto the cheese board with the pencil side face-down, and then secure it with tape. Firmly trace over the monogram. The pressure from the pencil will leave a faint transfer of the monogram on the cheese board.
Step 4: Use a Wood Burning Tool
Remove the paper and slowly re-trace the pencil line with a wood burning tool.
To achieve a smoother line, keep the wood burning tool moving. Go over each line lightly, then repeat, rather than burning in one place for too long.
Step 5: Layer the Board With Food
Load up your cutting board with gourmet treats, and then display the board!