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.