DIY Wooden Riser Charcuterie Board

March 04, 2021

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Decorative wooden risers and charcuterie boards have become all the rage in the last few years.

On their own they are each beautiful and useful. By combining the two you get the best of both worlds, form and function. Here's the easy DIY that will take you less than ten minutes and cost you less than ten bucks.

Bamboo Cutting Board and Wooden Feet

It's no secret that crafting is my passion, my zen and my meditation.

Any form of creation takes me away from the whir of daily life and drops me smack in the middle of a calm and pretty place where I become an artist.

The laundry, the dishes, the news, the daily chores and errands all fall into the background and I stand confronted with a pile of possibility instead.

Whether it's the act of transforming a thrift store find or laying color onto my latest paint by number kit, I find immense enjoyment anytime I retreat into that part of my world.

And this week, I realized I had been away from it for far too long.

Oh sure, there have been lots of creative DIYs around here lately, but they've been mostly about repair or decor.

The last time I really rolled my sleeves up and put on my craft designer thinking cap was way back in December when I dug into Christmas makeovers. 

Like I said, too long.

So, on Tuesday I cleaned out my makeshift craft closet and brought anything...and everything...that sparked my interest upstairs.

Craft Supplies On Table

Stencils, stickers, paints and socks. Glass plates, napkins, yard sale scores and fabric swatches, they were all there, in that pile, ready for me to have some fun.

With so many potential projects to choose from, I honestly couldn't pick just one. So, in the course of about an hour, with an empty house and some really good tunes playing in the background, I made five.

Remember, quick and easy is the name of my game.

And it's in that spirit, that I'm going to start by showing you the quickest and easiest craft of all.

It's a diy wooden cutting board riser that you can actually use for food prep or service. 

Let's face it, wooden risers are a huge design trend today. You can find them in stores, but they're pricey.

But the majority of what's out there isn't food safe. They're only meant for display.

And that's fine.

I have several that I've made in the past (and spoiler alert, one more that I'll be sharing soon), but I wanted one that was functional on my table.

What I wanted was a raised charcuterie board. And you can't eat off of stained or painted wood.

So the easy answer here is just to add feed to an existing cutting board and voilà, instant fabulous.

Here's how I did it.

How To Make A DIY Raised Wooden Charcuterie Board


I started by gathering my supplies. This honestly took the longer than the actual construction.

Wooden Cutting Board - you can make it big or small
Wooden Feet - I used wooden candle cups
Glue Gun and Sticks


I'd purchased a small bamboo cutting board last year at an odd lot shop for $2.99. That was my base. I also grabbed my hot glue gun and a few wooden feet.

Bamboo Cutting Board

I unwrapped the cutting board from the plastic and inspected it. I liked the wood grain on one side more than the other and determined that would be my top. I placed that side down on the table.

Bamboo Cutting Board and Wooden Feet

Next, I heated up the glue gun and added a bit to the rim of each wooden cup and quickly stuck them to the bottom of the board.

Glueing Feet On Cutting Board

I could've used epoxy or some other glue, but I didn't want to take the chance of any of that stuff leaching into the wood.

Cutting board with wooden feet bottom view

I used my eye to space out the feet, but you can measure it all out if you feel it's necessary.

When all four feet were dry and in place, I flipped the board over and I was done.

Raised Cutting Board on table with cut lemons on top

Told you it was fast.

Now, I have a fabulous cutting board that has a little more character than it's flat friends.

I can use it for decor if I wish, but since the cutting board is bamboo and made for food, it's safe to use it if I want to cut or serve food on it.

Wooden Charcuterie Board Riser

To clean and care for my leggy creation, I would do it the same way I treat any other wooden cutting board I own. And truth be told, for everyday use, I prefer plastic cutting boards.
This one wasn't constructed for that kind of workout.

But it sure is pretty.

And without any food on it at all, it managed to feed me.

Just the way I knew it would.

DIY Wooden Riser Charcuterie Board

Have you created anything lately? 

Psst...by the way, those lemons on the table and in the bowl. They're not real...here's my secret. 

  1. I love it, Kim! I may have to try this one myself.
    Brenda

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  2. This is a lovely idea. I have a few wooden cutting boards, some that have seen better days. I might makeover a few just for fun and a few for food. Thanks so much for sharing the idea and the link to the little feet. I had no idea what they were called, I would've been looking forever with no luck, I'm sure! ~Ann

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    1. Thanks Ann! I'm so glad you were inspired today and found the post details helpful. I hope you'll share your own pretties with us if you decide to dig in a make some!!

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  3. Great idea Kim!! I have the feet, and a hubby who can always be persuaded to make a cutting board! ;^) Blessings, J

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    1. A willing DIY guy is the best, J!! I have mine working on a new project as we speak. I can’t wait to share! Blessings and be well friend!

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  4. I like the idea of adding the wood feet to the board Kim. I like the price of that board too. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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    1. The price was awesome, Julie! I love those odd lots stores. You never know what you'll find!! Hope it's a good weekend!

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  5. This is brilliant!! Even smarter than buying wood to stain, seal, and what not. Adding this to my list of Christmas gift ideas (:

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    1. Oh, I'm so happy, Gina! I love the idea of making them as gifts. I may have to put a few of these on my own list.

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  6. Kim! This is the best! I love the look of those candle cups for feet. It really turned out cute.
    And the lemons? They totally look real.

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    1. Thanks Mari! And I love those lemons. They were a great gift even though the kids thought I was crazy for asking.

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  7. I love it. You are so good at coming up with fun ideas. I like what Gina shared.. I am going to copy her, I am going to add this to my Christmas gift ideas.

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    1. Thanks!! I love that Gina suggested that. I might be making a few as gifts now, too!

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  8. Kim this is just darling and puts such a finishing touch on your table top. I figured you spent some cash for all those lemons until I read on. They sure do look real and so bright and pretty..Stay well..xxoJudy

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    1. Love those lemons, Judy! I used to buy real ones, but they would rot so quickly. Santa brought me these last year and they always look fresh! 😉

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  9. Kim,
    Well, that sure was easy enough and looks great!!! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  10. Crafts that are quick, easy and pack a punch always work for me. What a great idea.

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  11. Love it Kim. You just gave me an idea. John made me cheese boards from wine crate.

    If course they're good safe because they're raw with mineral oil.

    I'm going to add feet.. So much better having them raised No cheese oil getting all over.

    Thanks girlfriend

    Cindy

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