Today, we’re sharing how to create easy diy mini chalkboard cheese labels. These labels are super simple to make and can be used on seasonal food buffets and charcuterie boards too!
Easy Meals at the Cabin
Every time we’re at the cabin, we try to make meals as simple as possible. And by simple, I mean easy slow cooker meals, frequently grilling out, eating out and creating plenty of grazing or charcuterie boards.
Give me minimal food prep and no fuss clean up any day of the week, you know?
We probably create grazing boards the most when we’re up at the cabin because they’re so easy to throw together. They’re also completely customizable for picky eaters or someone with food allergies. The bonus is that you can create them for almost any snack, meal or special occasion which is even better.
I was out shopping for supplies to take to the cabin a few weeks ago and came across these wooden place cards. The thing is, while they can definitely be used as place cards on festive tablescapes, the minute I saw them, I knew they would be perfect to use as diy mini chalkboard cheese labels.
Even though we rarely indulge in cheese anymore at home, once we’re at the cabin all bets are off!
In fact, there’s this one market close to the cabin we look forward to each trip. It has tons of gourmet cheese options. So, we’re always trying out new flavors and these diy mini chalkboard cheese labels came in handy on the trip.
Here’s a look at how you can create a set of diy mini chalkboard cheese labels too…
DIY Mini Chalkboard Cheese Labels Supplies:
- Wooden Labels (we picked these up at Joanns on sale)
- Chalkboard Paint
- Small Paintbrush
- Tarp (to protect work surface)
- Fine Grit Sandpaper (optional)
- Wooden Dowels (optional)
- Glue & Hot Glue Gun (optional)
DIY Mini Chalkboard Cheese Labels Steps:
Before you begin, gather your supplies and place a tarp over your work surface to protect it. Make sure your labels are smooth all the way around. Use a piece of fine grit sandpaper to sand any frayed edges.
Next, paint the wooden labels with chalkboard paint, using a small craft paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry approximately one hour before applying a second coat.
The label on the back of your chalkboard paint bottle will offer specific dry time instructions.
Wait approximately 24 hours for the chalkboard paint to cure completely.
Once the chalkboard paint has cured, season the diy mini chalkboard cheese labels by rubbing a piece of chalk over each label using the side of the piece of chalk.
Wipe away any chalk dust or debris before writing on the chalkboard cheese labels.
Keep in Mind
Chalkboard paint is not food safe. So, you’ll need to make sure your mini chalkboard cheese labels do not come in direct contact with food
You can use store bought place card holders or diy your own and hot glue a small dowel to the back of each diy mini chalkboard cheese label (think sandwich board style) to help prop it up.
As always, the glue and glue gun will both be hot so be sure to use caution and care if you take that route.
I’m using place card holders for the grazing boards we created at the cabin, but I’ll probably prop them up next to each dish during our holiday buffets.
You can choose whatever option works best for you though.
DIY mini cheese labels are a simple project that can be used throughout the year on seasonal food buffets, grazing platters or charcuterie boards, indoors or out!
That said, if grazing boards aren’t your thing you can use this same technique to create place card holders for your holiday table as well.
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