Repurposed Cutting Board Sign

Create an Easy Repurposed Cutting Board Sign

It’s my favorite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge.

On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.

If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.

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I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s cutting board challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.

These are the BEFORES.

But first I’ll share my project with you, which is a repurposed cutting board sign.

I’m a great lover and believer of having words and phrases in my home’s decor. When we’re having a bad day, or facing challenges that seem difficult, signs with words that mean something to us can give us strength, and remind us of the things that are really important.

Five of my favorite words are peace, joy, love, faith, and hope. I’m adding these words to my home one sign at a time with my button joy sign, my junk love sign, and today’s sign.

How to Create a Cutting Board Sign

Repurposed cutting board, red and white gingham tablecloth, blue plastic rope, and plastic sticky back letters

For my repurposed cutting board sign I’m using a bunch of things that I already have here at the house: a long wooden cutting board, a red and white gingham fabric tablecloth, some blue plastic rope, and some sticky back letters.

placing wooden cutting board on red and white gingham fabric

To cut out the fabric I just placed the cutting board down so that I could cut around it.

cutting red and white gingham fabric around cutting board

I left about an inch all around, which will be trimmed after the fabric is decoupaged in place.

Decoupaging fabric onto cutting board

decoupaging red and white gingham fabric onto cutting board after it was spray painted white

I brushed some of the decoupage medium onto the cutting board after I spray painted it white.

Then I lay the fabric down on top and smoothed it in place.

uisng breyer to smooth the decoupaged fabric onto wooden cutting board

My breyer helps to smooth the fabric down even more, making sure there aren’t any bubbles.

applying top coat of decoupage medium onto fabric

After the fabric dried in place I applied two coats of the decoupage medium on top, letting it dry completely in between.

close up of edges of decoupaged fabric

It’s important to apply the decoupage medium over the excess fabric too, but you just let it hang there like this.

trimming the excess fabric away from decoupaged cutting board

Doing that causes the excess fabric to harden and makes it very easy to trim it away with an xacto knife.

The trick is not to use any pressure, but to just let the knife run along the edge of the cutting board to trim the fabric away.

Adding finishing touches to cutting board sign

applying blue rope onto edges of decoupaged fabric cutting board sign

After giving the whole thing a light sanding with a sanding block I used my glue gun to frame the edge of the cutting board with the blue rope.

sticky back letters used to create a repurposed sign

These inexpensive sticky back letters are a super easy way to create a sign.

They come in so many different colors and sizes.

I used some of these letters in my repurposed vintage window screen signs.

Quick and easy decoupaged and repurposed cutting board sign

I just removed the paper backing and put the letters in place.

Hope is one of my favorite words, and something that I think we need to hang onto right now.

Supplies needed for repurposed cutting board sign

  • wooden cutting board
  • fabric
  • some kind of rope
  • sticky back letters
  • decoupage medium
  • foam brush
  • sanding block
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • scissors
  • xacto knife

Cutting board makeover with decoupaged fabric and sticky back letters

The fun thing about using these sticky letters, rather than something more permanent, is that they can be changed at any time.

How to create an easy sign with decoupaged fabric and a repurposed cutting board

This is a quick and easy sign project that can easily be customized to go with any decor style… depending on the sign, fabric, and rope that you use.

I used these colors because they go perfectly in my aqua and red kitchen, which has accents of yellow.

So, three words down and two more to go… peace and faith.

Please pin to your favorite board.

How to create a quick and easy decoupaged and repurposed cutting board sign

Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their cutting board posts.

Just click on the links below to check them out.

Little Vintage Cottage: Vintage Cutting Board Makeover

Lora B: Create & Ponder: Cutting Board Kitchen Printable and Simple Decor Ideas

Audrey Would: DIY Laptop Stand from a Butcher Block Cutting Board

Itsy Bits and Pieces: DIY Simple Farmhouse Lazy Susan

Our Hopeful Home: How to Stain and Whitewash a Farmhouse Pizza Peel with Shelf

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. GREAT idea!! Love this!! I have one that I painted with chalkboard paint and I am no artist when it comes to doing imaginative chalkboard art so I just may do something like this!! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thanks Debbie! I love chalkboards, but I’m no artist with chalk either. This is a very easy way to make a sign.

  2. So cute Tuula! I love words and quotes too and often have them around the house :o)


  3. I pinned this GREAT idea!! Seems like I always have an old cutting board around! Can’t wait to try this! Now, off to look at the others!

  4. Kaye Mangin says:

    Thanks Tuula. You are always so uplifting.

    1. Thanks Kaye! I’m so happy that you think so. I think our home’s decor should be uplifting.

  5. I am so on board with your thoughts behind having words as decor throughout your home, Tuula. You are so right, these simple reminders can help reshape our days. What a cute project, too – I love the gingham and the removable option with the letters. You always come up with something fun and cool!

    1. Thanks very much Sheila! I truly believe the right words for each of us can really make a difference in our every day.

  6. Debra Hubbs says:

    So cute, love it. Love the colors you chose.

  7. Great tip to decoupage the extra fabric so you can cut it off easier, Tuula! This turned out so cute; adorable in your kitchen. Hope is my word for the year!

  8. Really cute Tuula! It looks great hanging in the spot you chose too!