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4 Ways of Using Wood Cutting Boards in Decor

Decor, DIY, How-Tos, Interior Design

Hanging Cutting Board Display on the Wall

One of my favorite tools in the kitchen is a wood cutting board. Not only does it protect your countertop when you’re prepping and cooking in the kitchen, but it also looks beautiful propped up as it awaits its next use. Wood cutting boards add a warm and rustic feel to any kitchen.

There are so many ways to use cutting boards as decor.

Sure cutting boards are useful and functional, but have you ever considered using a wood cutting board as decor in your home? Honestly, I never considered it until I found myself with quite the collection of boards and no room to store them.

You see, there are a few items that I see at shops or vintage markets that I have a very hard time NOT bringing back home to the farmhouse. These items include (but are not limited to): wood cutting boards, crocks, wood stools, and baskets. Some would say I have a problem, I say “One man’s trash is this woman’s treasure.”

I love all my cutting boards so much. Not to the point that I’ve named them or anything crazy like that. But I do love them enough that it felt like a shame to have them hidden away in a cabinet. Full disclosure, my cabinet space is pretty much at capacity so that’s not really an option anyway.

I found myself faced with a dilemma. How do I store my wood cutting board collection (we’ll call it) when it’s not in use? I came up with a few ideas, four to be exact, which I plan to share with you today. Suddenly, my useful and functional cutting boards became beautiful additions to my decor throughout the farmhouse and now I can appreciate them all every day.

4 Ways of Using Wood Cutting Boards in Your Home as Decor:

Hang on the wall.

When it comes to hanging wood cutting boards on the wall, different shapes and sizes make for a more interesting display. I found this affordable rod and hook system that’s perfect for hanging wood cutting boards on the wall in our breakfast nook.

Not only does it make a beautiful display, but these are some of my favorite boards to use because of their size and shape. They are displayed right off the kitchen, so they are easily accessible when I want to use them. Hanging these cutting boards on the wall is by far and away one of the most popular ways I have shared on Instagram and it’s one of my favorites in the farmhouse too, that’s why it’s number one.

Cutting Boards on Display in the Breakfast nook

Display on the counter or a shelf.

Another great way to display (store) your wood cutting boards is on the kitchen counter or a shelf. You can use one or a few cutting boards clustered together against the wall. They make a great backdrop for displaying other pieces such as bowls of fruit, books, candles, and small plants.

Cutting Board displayed on kitchen counter

Use as riser or tray.

I love to use my biggest cutting board as a riser or a tray in the middle of my kitchen island. The wood is the perfect contrast against the granite and adds warmth to the space. I usually put a vase with flowers, a candle, and a bowl of fruit on it.

Cutting board riser in the kitchen

Make a hanging wall sconce.

That’s right, I said it, “Make.” I have an incredibly inexpensive and easy wood cutting board DIY for you. With a thrifted, wood cutting board, a knob I had leftover from a previous project, and a hanging jar I had laying around the farmhouse, I made an easy wood cutting board sconce. You can make your own hanging jar with an inexpensive piece that I’ve linked here. Fill the jar with flowers or the season or put a candle in it. It makes a beautiful wall decor piece for a kitchen or breakfast nook.

DIY cutting board decor close up

DIY Hanging Cutting Board Decor
Yield: 1 Sconce

DIY Hanging Cutting Board Decor

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Less than $30

With three simple pieces; a cutting board, a knob or hook, and a hanging jar you can make a beautiful DIY cutting board sconce. Display it with other cutting boards or on it's own in your kitchen and/or breakfast nook. It makes a lovely decor piece for yourself or someone you love.

Materials

  • Cutting board (old or new)
  • Knob or hook (with wood screws to attach it)
  • Hanging jar

Tools

  • Drill
  • Hacksaw
  • Screwdriver (if using a hook)

Instructions

  1. Decide where on the cutting board you want your jar to hang from.
  2. Measure the width of the board, find the center, and mark it with a pencil.
  3. If using a knob, drill a hole. If using a hook, drill holes according to where the screws will need to go into the board.
  4. Screw in the knob or hook.
  5. If using a knob, screw the bolt onto the back of the knob so it's tight. Use a hacksaw to cut the screw threads off, up to the bolt. (This will allow the board to hang flat on the wall.)
  6. Hang the cutting board in your desired location and place the hanging jar on the knob or hook.
  7. Fill jar with flowers or a candle.

Notes

You can also make your own hanging jar by using any mason jar and the hanger I've linked in my post.

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