How to Make a Resin Charcuterie Board Like A Boss

Resin painting cheese board

 

What better way to serve appetizers at your next get-together than by making your own resin charcuterie board? Not only are these fun to make, but they make great housewarming gifts.

Supplies for this resin cheeseboard project:

 

Before beginning, you will need to do two things:

*Protect your workspace with plastic. A painter’s drop sheet works well for this. If you don’t have one of these, here are some other ideas for surfaces resin won’t stick to.

*Have disposable cups to elevate the cheese paddle. This allows the epoxy resin to flow over the edge and drip onto the protected work surface.

cover cheese board with plastic and secure with tape

Step 1:  Cover board

Mask off the handle and a couple of inches of the cheese paddle using the painter’s tape with a drop-down sheet.  Be sure you leave enough wooden space open on the charcuterie board that you won’t cover with resin.  (That’s where you’ll put your fancy cheese.)

Open out the plastic and cover the center of the paddle. This will be the back of the cheese paddle.

smooth tape onto board to make sure no resin leaks underneath

Step 2:  Apply tape securely

Burnish the tape onto the wood paying particular attention to the edge. This will help reduce the chance of resin seeping underneath it and not making a clean edge on your charcuterie board.

measuring resin in a cup

Step 3:  Measure resin

Measure the amount of resin and hardener you will need for this project into separate cups. The amount you need will depend on the area you want to cover. I measured out 2 1/2 ounces (total) which was plenty.

This article details the easy way to figure out how much resin you need.

mixing resin in a cup

Step 4:   Mix together

Combine the two parts together for 3 or 4 minutes until streak-free.

Here are more details on mixing resin if you’ve never done this before.

adding purple pigment to resin

 

Step 5:  Color

Divide the resin amongst three cups. To the first one, add one drop of purple pigment. To the second cup, add three drops of red coloring. Finally, add several drops of white to the third cup. Mix well.


resin colored with pigments

pouring white resin over the cheese board handle

white layer of resin on cheese board handles

Step 6:  Apply the colors

Pour the white resin over the handle and spread it right out to the edges of the charcuterie board with the long side of the stir stick, allowing it to flow over.

pouring colored resin onto white resin

Pour the purple and red resin diagonally across the surface of your resin cheeseboard.

using a heat gun to apply heat to poured resin

Step 7:  Apply heat

Use the heat gun to go over the surface of the resin. You’ll notice a lot of bubbles pop, but the main reason for using the heat gun is to blend the colors and create some feathering.

using a toothpick to apply gold leaf to poured resin

Step 8:  Add metal leaf

Use a toothpick to pick up pieces of the gold leaf and place them onto the resin to create veins. Use the path that colors have flowed in as a guide.

Step 9:  Check the resin curing

After two hours, draw a toothpick through the overflow on the drop sheet. If the line in the resin remains, proceed to the next step. If the resin flows back together, leave it to set longer. The time it takes the resin to reach this point will be dependent on the ambient temperature, so keep checking every half hour or so.

removing tape from cheese board when resin is partially cured.

Step 10:  Remove the plastic

Once the toothpick doesn’t make a line in the resin overflow, it’s time to remove the drop cloth from the charcuterie board. Gently pull the tape away from the paddle and remove the masking tape. Any rough edges should smooth back out, leaving a clean edge. Allow the resin to cure completely overnight.

 

applying tape to the side of a cheese board before pouring resin

[OPTIONAL] Step 11:  Apply a design to the other side

Repeat steps 1 through 10 to make a design on the other side if you want.

preparing a cheese board to pour resin

Leave the resin to cure fully before using the charcuterie board.

How to make a resin cheese board

I love how the colors come together on this resin charcuterie board. The gold leaf really helps to make it look very posh.

DIY resin charcuterie board

To care for your resin charcuterie board, clean only with a damp cloth. Never immerse in water. The wood can be wiped down with cooking oil occasionally if needed.

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Originally written by by Myléne Hillam

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2022 Resin Obsession, LLC

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40 thoughts on “How to Make a Resin Charcuterie Board Like A Boss

  1. Thank you for this great tutorial! Is this resin food safe? So, if someone cuts cheese or something on the resin part of the board, will it be safe?
    Thanks!

    1. Can you use Art Resin instead of the Master Cast Resin? I have a lot of that on hand and would like to use it.
      Thanks

    1. MasterCast was chosen for this project as it is designed for coloring and applying to a flat surface.

  2. Hello 🙂 Is there something I can do so that the resin covers the edge completely? (the side of the board) I´ve done a couple but both ended up with a very thin sort of clear resin edge. Thanks!

  3. Hello, I am getting lots of small air bubbles appearing in my resin as it is drying.

    After I finish pouring there are no bubbles. I leave the chopping board it to dry, when I come back there are lots of tiny bubbles over the resin. How do I stop this from happening?

        1. Hi can thank you for the tutorial can I use acrylic paint and finish it with a coat of clear resin for a similar project

  4. Hello, love your cheese board! I have a quick question. When you removed the tape and the resin is supposed to settled back down so that it appears a move blended line with the board, mine didn’t exactly do that and so I have ended up with a rather blunt edge and some that’s a bit messy. Is there anything I can do with this?

    1. If the resin is fully cured, unfortunately no. You could always put down another layer of tape and try with another layer of resin.

  5. Yeah my edge didn’t look great after I took the tape off it was very sticky and some edges frayed and looked tacky. Luckily I saw you said not to wait til it cures to fix it. I tried it looks better but hopefully can sand down what I couldn’t get off and still look good

  6. I love your technique it may increase my business volume. Such great ideas can change the products look.

  7. Hi, how do u get all the residue, left over resin on the back of ur boards off? Do u sand it? I seem to have resin drip and residue under the tape? Thanks

  8. My resin drips off the board and the colors are very sheer. Is it because I’m using art resin? How do you make it thicker so it doesn’t drip off so quickly?

    1. Hi do you coat it after with a clear wouldn’t the bits you put the flecks on be rough? And eventually flake off?

    1. I haven’t made one before, but after reading some question, some of the excess bubbles may be coming from the wood. Wood can and have water in it, I would suggest heating the board at a low temperature for a couple of hours, let it cool and then pour on it. Also don’t use wood stir sticks.

  9. I keep getting “craters” when pouring resin over my finished board. What am U doing wrong ?

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