I’ve got a super easy and affordable diy holiday gift idea you can make in under an hour — a simple charcuterie serving board. Just 3 cuts, some sanding, and finishing oil and you’ll have some simple and practical homemade gifts.
— you’ll need —
makes 4x serving boards that are 12” x 12”
RED OAK STAIR TRED [48”]
SANDPAPER [180 + 220 grit]
CUTTING BOARD OIL —OR— a FOOD SAFE WOOD FINISH
MITER SAW —OR— CIRCULAR SAW
This serving board is made using a stair tread, which is an inexpensive way to get an oak grain and a rounded edge as an accent
The only trick to these boards is making sure the oil / finish you use to seal it is food safe. You can use cutting board oil or another food-safe wood finish like wax.
IMPORTANT NOTE: these boards are intended for serving only — don’t use them as a cutting or food prep board. The top layer of oak (about 1/4” thick) is attached to the wood core with an adhesive that is not food safe so ensure your board is completely sealed with a food safe finish OR opt to use it for decor only
— how to make diy holiday serving board —
Cut the stair tread into four pieces that measure 12” long
Sand each piece well with 180 grit then 120 sandpaper
Seal the serving board with cutting board oil or a food safe wood finish and let cure. Be sure to cover both sides as well as the edges.
Give as a gift — it can be styled as a decorative tray or used to serve up charcuterie.
You can keep this serving board simple or uplevel it with these ideas:
- hardware handles: add a hardware handle to each side of the board on the top for carrying handles
- leather strap: add a strap to the side of the board for easy hanging with a strip of faux leather and two brass screws