Customized cutting boards can make chopping vegetables more pleasant and can do double duty in the kitchen – not only as a chopping surface, but also a pretty presentation surface for tapas, cheese, fruit, or other items that won’t soak through the wood. They also make creative, inexpensive, and totally easy host/hostess gifts — the kind you can throw together in the car on the way to the party because somebody forgot to pick something out earlier – put some fresh fruit or gourmet chocolates on top, wrap with cellophane and tie a pretty bow on it, and give it to your host.
To naturally customize a cutting board with a design, all you’ll need is a clean, dry cutting board that has not had finish applied to it, some liquid food coloring and a stencil.
First, decide where you want your design on the cutting board. Next, place the stencil on the board and tape down to secure.
Now you’re ready to mix the food coloring to achieve the desired color (we used 1 drop of blue, 3 drop of red and 1 drop of green to achieve a nice brown). After it’s mixed, dip the edge of your brush into the coloring and dab onto a paper towel to remove most of the liquid. Once the brush is mostly dry, blot the color onto the board. When stencil is filled in completely, carefully remove the stencil and allow to dry. Once dry, apply a water-based polyurethane (available at hardware or big box stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s) on top to seal the design.