Edge Banding Hack How to and Review!

6 Materials
4 Hours

Here we go.. another DIY hack I have attempted!

I introduce to you..... EDGE BANDING HACK.

Now if you are new here... I attempt DIY hacks regularly and share all the details with you as someone who is new and still learning all the things to DIY.

I have questions like "is it worth it"

"Does it really look that way in person"

"Can I really pull it off?"

ALL THE TIME. And I know I am not alone. So go out of my way to try them out and share these details with you. Now if you want to view the other hacks I have attempted and get access to all of the links to supplies I used, be sure to read this post and others on my blog here!


This is also referred to as veneer edging. What exactly is edge bending though? Essentially.. as google states - "In Layman's terms, edge banding is a thin material used to seal the exposed and raw edges of plywood. Heat sensitive adhesive on one side is applied to the board while the other side acts as a barrier against dirt and moisture."

edge banding is made from thinly slices of wood, pre-sanded and layered." There are a few different ways that this is applied but the most common one (in the DIY world) is by ironing it, which is the one we will be discussing today!

However! Emily, my good friend on Instagram, took this another step further and started to use this to accent her pieces of wood and furniture! Basically... you can create cool geometric wood designs, without any power tools!

I learned this hack from her, so be sure to check out her pieces!

Of course, after seeing this hack I HAD to try it and tell you all about it! So my first attempt was her tray.

I bought a pre-cut one from dollar general for around $7-8 and have seen unfinished trays range for around $5-10. You can also find them at Michaels and Joann's as well!


  • Edge banding
  • Box Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Speed Square
  • Craft Cutting mat board

Application of this:

  • Score your edge banding to the desired length
  • Iron on
  • Smooth over with a flat hard surface or with a rolling pin

When scoring your banding make sure you use a straight edge, whether it is a ruler or the speed square, either will help. I did a mix of both however, the speed square LITERALLY felt like it sped the process up compared to a ruler.

Emily suggested sticking to using a box cutter, I found the scissor to be just as impactful though so try out both and see what works for you!

Let's talk about the simpler one first:

Creating a project with no borders on it to work around.

This process was a breeze. Create a small template, cut my pieces all in one sitting and iron on!

I chose to have the pieces long enough to extend all the way to the width of my table and then just scored it with a razor blade.

For furniture or big pieces, a 2" strip of edge banding is perfect.

Using the edge banding hack on a surface with no borders is super easy. I AM TELLING YOU.. DIY done in 30 minutes!! '

So here is the deal. For this specific design, the cuts should be made in 45-degree angles but one strip will alternate in the direction of this cut. When you first start out, prepare to cut your pieces long until you have the rhythm down-packed.

Side note: if you are lucky with your tray, you can shim your banding underneath the border and your life was made much easier, I was not so fortunate


  1. Create your template of quadrants by marking the middle of both sides of the board and drawing a straight line down and across.
  2. Then mark 45 degrees for your first pieces of banding.
  3. This can be done using your cutting mat making sure you have your piece parallel with the grid line and using the 45 degrees line to use as your guide
  4. Or you can place your Speedsquare on a straight surface and use the 45 degree triangle edge to work on your angles.
  5. Now you will actually start cutting.
  6. Cut one strip of your 45 degree angle with focus to the side where the trim/border is.
  7. This will lead you to success and less of a headache.
  8. Once you have one side cut, you can focus on the center and get that perfectly aligned.
  9. You will repeat this throughout and at some point you will meet the corners. I recommend using your scrap pieces that have fallen to get the correct placement on this. This will take some finagling but you just keep cut small pieces until it fits perfectly like a puzzle. Then trace or place on top of your actual piece and cut! OR purchase a contour tool as shown above.
  10. Once you are done you can then decide your stain or paint! I recommend testing it out on a scrap piece to see how you like it. Then seal if needed!

If you do happen to mess up where the piece needs to be moved or removed, you can easily remove the veneer quickly while it is still hot (use your straightedge to help and not burn yourself) and reapply. Or if you are past the point where it has cooled down, just heat it up, remove and apply a new piece!

If you happen to have cracks like me, they can be wood-filled. Don't worry!

Now for the review:

As I mentioned, one of these were simple and the other was more advanced. Nothing wrong with that, it allowed me to hone down on some skills and educate you on this in case you want to take the leap and attempt this on something with borders!

I was able to figure out my flaws and I hope this can make you successful.

The whole point as to why I do these hacks, after all, is to give you the perspective of someone who is still new, learning, but curious, and aspiring to do a project that looks amazing.

Ultimately, It is..

- Applicable to multiple surfaces

- Wood

- Stained wood

- Melamine furniture

- Safe to do indoors

- No power tools are needed

- Customizable, unlimited options

- Can be removed and reapplied if an error is made

- Not recommended on painted surfaces (should be sanded down a bit)

- Not recommended to bend over and iron

- Alternative to wood and can be cheaper than wood

- Beginner to intermediate friendly depending on surface and design

Some of these I have not touched on and need more elaboration. For instance, if you would like to do this on a painted surface it will not adhere well. It is best to sand down a bit of the paint to allow it to adhere (it does not need to be raw to the bone.

I tried to create a waterfall effect with this by bending over the veneer while ironing it, it still cracked despite the heat I applied to try to bend it smoothly.

Want to see all the images and get all the links?? Be sure to go to my blog post here! 2" edge banding is hard to find in stores!

Click here for the full tutorial, an interview with the hacker, and what you need to know to succeed with this!

As always feel free to ask any questions or share your own personal experience. And if you have anything you've been debating as a DIY that you would like me to review, send it my way!

Until next time!

XOXO - Jocelyn

Suggested materials:

  • Edge Banding   (Home store)
  • Box cutter   (Home Store)
  • Scissors
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Jocelyn @CheekyDIYHome
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  • Amanda Gerow Amanda Gerow on Sep 17, 2021

    This looks so good! Thank you for sharing!

  • Amy Amy on Sep 19, 2021

    I am working on trying to make 2 dinner tables into 1 the technique you used looks really cute. I will use an unusual pattern. Thank you for the idea and inspiration.