With a piece of wood, coffee grinds and some mineral oil — here’s a DIY wood cutting board (or serving tray) that can be whipped up for some last minute holiday entertaining or to gift to your friends over the holidays!
I know this is yet another old tutorial that has probably been around the world wide web forever; however, I was inspired to do this project after watching an episode of Dean & Tori’s Backyard Bash recently. Tori made some serving trays/planks using a plank of wood from the local hardware store using coffee grinds and mineral oil. I was intrigued with the idea — and what a fantastic and inexpensive way to make extra serving pieces for a dinner party or for food props (when you’re a blogger, these inexpensive props save on the budget).
I don’t have a step by step picture tutorial, but it really is that simple. We had some extra wood left from a recent project, so we cut a 10-1/2″ board from a 12′ long 1×10. Once you have your cut of wood, you’ll proceed with the following steps.
Stain the Wood
I took a scoop of coffee grinds (I used Folgers) and added a little water and rubbed, rubbed and rubbed some more. Once I had a color that I was happy with, I let it dry completely. I did let it set a bit between coats/rubs to see how it was looking. When you’ve achieved a stain color that you like, you’ll oil the wood.
Oil the Wood
Rub a food safe mineral oil (mine was purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond) onto the board with a clean rag or paper towel. Allow it to completely absorb into the wood. If you use the board for cutting, this will prevent rancid odors and bacteria from lingering.
Note that this board is not intended to be soaked in water. The stain will wash off and should it dull, you can always refresh it with additional stain by rubbing more coffee grinds on it. I have only used mine for serving cheese and crackers! It’s perfect to grab when heading to the bring-your-own-food wineries or a date night by the fire with the hubs!
The possibilities are endless as you could cut them out in an oval or round shape as well. Round the edges with sand paper before staining, then wrap a couple up with a big red bow and gift to your friends with bottle of wine! Doesn’t that sound spectacular?
To simplify the process even more, buy a piece of oak and simply apply the mineral oil! Easy peasy.
Happy creating, sweet friends!