Preserve your family's favorite dish or dessert by having its recipe transferred on an artisanal cutting board.

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handwritten recipe on wood cutting board
Ashley Poskin

Handwriting is a special way to honor the memory of a loved one. We love the way a handwritten recipe looks preserved in a scrapbook album, transferred onto a pie plate, or printed onto tea towels, but what do you do if you want to use it in the kitchen? Here, we found a method that's easy to apply on wood and will look great in your kitchen as a meaningful piece of décor.

Once finished, the cutting board makes the perfect gift. While it may be tempting to use, we don't recommend bringing the cutting board into contact with food.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

handwritten recipe wood cutting board supplies
Step 1

Most home computer printers are ink-jet and not laser, so you'll want to bring your recipe card to a local copy shop where they can do the scanning and printing for you. Once the recipe is scanned and the size has been adjusted to the size of your board, ask them to flip the recipe backwards so it's a mirrored image. (Or, if you're using Photoshop, you'll want to transform the image by choosing "flip horizontal" from the "Edit" menu). The final printed image will be unreadable because it will have to be laid face down onto your cutting board so that it will read right-side up once transferred.

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handwritten cutting board applying mod podge
Step 2

Apply a medium coat of decoupage glue to the front of the cutting board, then carefully position the recipe printed-side down. Once laid, you don't want to move it around, so be careful to find the positioning before pressing it into the glue. Press the paper into the decoupage glue, then use a roller squeegee to ensure there aren't any air bubbles. Be sure you use a firm hand while being careful not to rip the dampened paper. (Tip: You can also use a credit card for this step.) Wipe your squeegee every so often so you won't get too much decoupage glue onto the top side of the paper. Allow to dry for up to 72 hours.

removing paper and mod podge from cutting board
Step 3

Soak a washcloth and carefully saturate the paper, rubbing in small circles to remove the fibers. You'll start to see the paper come up, revealing the handwritten recipe transfer underneath. (Note: Take your time removing the paper fibers, being careful not to overwork the surface so the transfer doesn't peel off. You may find it's easier to remove the fibers with your fingers.) Once the board is clear of paper and the cutting board is dry, apply two to three more coats of decoupage glue, then let it cure for another 72 hours.

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