Personalized Cutting Board - cheerfuldreamer.com

One of the great things about my mom is that she loves handmade gifts. I’m not talking macaroni necklaces and refrigerator drawing, but nice quality handmade things. Lucky for her I am crafty. I wanted to make something both different and meaningful for her and I got the idea for this cutting board. I thought it would be neat to put a recipe on it, but quickly realized I could not pick from just one of the great women that were close to her. Instead, I chose one from each of my grandmothers and one from my great grandmother.

After I decided how I wanted to display them, I taped them to a piece of computer paper and made a copy to ensure the original recipe cards were not damaged. I then grabbed a piece of carbon paper and traced the recipes onto the board. (My apologies for the lack of pictures. I was in the crafting zone and didn’t even think about it.) After that I grabbed some wood burning tools and got to work.

Burning the words on was the most tedious thing that I have ever done. Seriously. I wanted to give up on the project three words in, but I kept chugging along. It would probably have been easier with a steady hand, but I was all over the place. It took forever for me to finish this. I really thought that it would be easier, but I do attribute some of that struggle to the cutting board that I picked out. I chose a bamboo board. It is nice to look at, but once I started burning I realized that it wasn’t truly flat once you got through the surface layer. There are pretty deep grains and lines in there. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose a plain wooden board.

The happiness it gave my mom is priceless, though and I am so pleased that she loves it as much as she does.

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