DIY Painted Woodcut Platter


At the flower market here in LA, there’s one vendor who always has these beautiful slabs of cut wood. On one of my first trips I picked one up, not really sure what I was going to do with it. Until now. It cost just a couple of bucks, which makes me even more pumped about this half-woodsy, half glamorous painted woodcut platter. (I’m sure lots of you could probably even get your hands on a slab of wood for free.) It’s super easy and pretty fast, so here we go!


  • slab of wood, large enough to serve as a small platter
  • painter’s tape
  • two different shades of paint
  • paintbrushes, if using craft paint
  • optional: sandpaper

Make Time: 1 Hour

For starters, if you’d like to smooth out your wood, give it a good sanding. Mine has ridges but I liked them so I left them in. Regardless, be sure that the wood is very clean and completely dry.


Tape off a section of the wood slab.


Apply paint to the desired area. I left my edges unpainted, but paint them if you like! Let this dry completely and remove the painter’s tape.

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After the paint is dried and somewhat hard, apply painter’s tape in another area, over the top of the area that you already painted. Because I was using spray paint for this step, I masked off the rest of the slab as well. Cover this taped-off area in the second shade of paint.




Remove the painter’s tape and let everything dry well! I’d recommend letting it be for a full couple of days to really set the paint. Then set it out at your next party! How great would this be with a little cocktail or garnish station on it? Have fun! xoxo




P.S. Remember this wood painting project? An oldie but still one of my faves.

    • chelsea on said:

      Good call Gracie! I could see it finding its way to my dinner table, for sure.

  1. I can’t tell if I like the platter or that sweet little flag more! 🙂

    • chelsea on said:

      Haha! Pretty cute, right?

  2. sara on said:

    Hi Chesea.
    Love this. Thaks.

  3. Brittni on said:

    This project turned out great Chelsea and the piece of wood you used in beautiful (love the shape and how wonky the rings are). This would be a perfect DIY to try for Thanksgiving.

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks B! I love that wood too — it split apart after it dried a bit but I think it makes it even cooler. 😉

  4. Oh yes, I see this around all the time. Why didn’t I think of making one myself? Such a great idea and perfect for serving some appetizers on Thankagiving!!

  5. Eloise on said:

    Ooooh I love it !! So cute thanks for the idea (for the christmas dinner who knows haha)

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  7. This is such a simple but beautiful little project. Love the colors and the modern design. So happy to have found your blog and can’t wait to click around some more 🙂

  8. Maria on said:

    Cute but toxic…

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