How to Upcycle an Old Cutting Board Using Modge Podge

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Hi friends how are you holding up? I don’t know about you but some days feel crazy busy while other days are slow and boring. On those days I like to dig through my drawers and closets and come up with DIY projects that involve things I already have on hand. Sometimes they turn out and sometimes they don’t. Today’s project turned out pretty cool! I’m sharing how to upcycle an old cutting board using some Modge Podge and napkins.

Today I am once again joining a talented group of bloggers called the Thrifty Style Team hosted by Julie of Red Head Can Decorate. This fabulous group of ladies posts the 2nd Friday of each month and you can find each of their thrifty posts at the end of mine.

How to Upcycle an Old Cutting Board Using Modge Podge

I knew one day that hoarding napkins and cutting boards would come in handy! 🙂 If you saw my Spring Kitchen Tour then you know I love decorating with cutting boards. They are perfect for creating vignettes anywhere in your home and serve as a great base. The one I used for today’s project I actually had forgotten all about!

Materials Needed for Upcycling a Cutting Board

Here is what you will need! (Just like me, you most likely have everything in your home for this fun and quick DIY.)

  • Modge Podge
  • decorative napkins or paper ( I find mine usually at Home Goods or Tuesday Morning)
  • cutting board
  • utility knife
  • sponge brush or paint brush
  • painters tape
  • clean and flat surface

Once you have your supplies make sure you have a flat surface and make sure to cover it because the Modge Podge can get messy. I used an old placemat to cover my kitchen counters. Next, add painters tape around the edge. This is only necessary if you plan to only add the Modge Podge design to the top of your board’s surface like I did.

Then generously brush the Modge Podge on to the top of your cutting board. I prefer to use a sponge brush but any brush will work.

Directly after you apply it to the wood surface make sure you apply some of your Modge Podge to the back of your napkin or paper. Tip: Modge Podge dries quickly so don’t wait to long to apply it!

Turn the napkin over and flatten it on the top of your cutting board. Apply a top coat of Modge Podge. Be careful and soft with your brush strokes because the napkin is fragile. Use your hands to flatten it out and push out the wrinkles towards the edges. There will be some wrinkles and my tip for this is to choose a napkin or paper with an overall design and pattern which will hide any imperfections. Wait 15 minutes and add a second top coat for extra durability.

Trim off the excess and edges with your sharp utility knife. Also remove the tape.

Now your cutting board has a brand new stylish look and is ready to be styled!



A Thrifty Way To Upcylce an Old Cutting Board

Not bad for a last minute project, right? Overall I think this whole project was less than $10 if I had to add it all up. Luckily, I already had it all and luckily I love how it turned out. It has a vintage vibe that I am loving!

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out how I upcycled my old cutting board using Modge Podge napkins ! Now I’m all ready dreaming up what I can Modge Podge next! How about you, have you used Podge Podge in a fun and creative way? Make sure to visit all the other Thrifty projects below as well!

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Frequently asked questions

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  2 questions
  • Erin Erin on Aug 26, 2021

    Is the edge of the napkin secure? It looks a bit rough.

  • Melissa Melissa on Aug 28, 2021

    Can you use this to serve food like cheese and crackers on


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  • Erin Erin on Sep 08, 2021

    Mod Podge

  • Carey Carey on Sep 17, 2021

    This is something that I have never tried, but I think that if you put the napkin over a rolling pin like you do a pie crust, & roll it out onto the surface of your project, it would minimize the bubbles. Nice Job. It is lovely!