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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.

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19 thoughts on “DIY Painted Woodcut Platter

  1. 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.

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  3. 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 🙂

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  6. Can you let me know how you’ve made this food safe? I want to gift this for my mum but I’m worried about the paint and what would happen if I were to varnish it to protect the paint from knives (if it were, say, a cheeseboard)

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