5 Brilliant DOLLAR TREE DIYS Using Bamboo Cutting Boards

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Crafting with everyday items can not only be fulfilling but also transform mundane objects into beautiful home decor. In this spirit, using bamboo cutting boards from a local dollar store has proven to be both a cost-effective and creative venture. With their impressive quality, these boards are perfect for a variety of projects.

A simple coat of sandstone-colored chalk paint delicately applied adds a warm, neutral hue, enhancing the wood’s natural charm. Gentle distressing along the edges brings out a rustic feel, with a floral stencil adding a hint of elegance to the piece. This transformation doesn’t end with just the surface; attaching stained wooden peg legs elevates the cutting board into a sophisticated and functional riser.

Turning to the walls, the sturdiness of doubled-up bamboo boards provides the ideal base for a shabby chic metallic hook. The process involves secure gluing, precise positioning, and careful incorporation of hardware that fades seamlessly into the design. With this, the bamboo boards metamorphose into a stylish and sturdy wall hook, ready to support hanging essentials or serve as an aesthetic statement piece on its own. This intersection of modern and vintage touches can add an unexpected layer of personality to any wall space.

Key Takeaways

  • Transforming bamboo cutting boards into home decor offers a practical and artistic outlet.
  • A combination of painting, sanding, and stenciling techniques brings a bespoke charm to each piece.
  • The projects range from functional risers to elegant wall hooks, demonstrating diversification in crafting.

Crafting with Bamboo Cutting Boards

Factors Affecting Quality and Easy to Find Materials

Bamboo cutting boards, besides their intended use, serve as excellent materials for home decor projects. Their sturdy build and the ease with which they can be found in stores like Dollar Tree make them ideal for various crafts. These boards are typically located in the kitchen supplies section.

Description of Home Decor Projects

In one creative endeavor, a bamboo cutting board is transformed into an elegant riser. To begin, apply a neutral, sandstone shade of chalk paint, ensuring coverage with possibly just a single coat, although a second might be applied for good measure. After painting, lightly sand the board for a distressed look, focusing on the edges and random spots on the surface.

For decorative detailing, a floral pattern is stenciled onto the board using a custom cutout created with a Cricut machine. A white acrylic paint, such as that from Apple Barrel, is lightly applied over the stencil to achieve a slightly faded effect. Wooden peg dolls from Hobby Lobby are used as legs, stained with gel stain for a contrasting look with the painted board. After assembling and drying, the entire piece is sealed with clear wax from Waverly, buffed to the desired sheen.

Another project involves creating a sturdy wall hook by adhering two bamboo boards together. Once dry, a decorative metallic hook from Dollar Tree is attached, along with triangle hangers at the back for mounting. Pilot holes are pre-drilled to ease the insertion of screws into the dense bamboo. White paint is dabbed over the screws to match the hook, yielding a chic wall piece that combines modern and vintage aesthetics.

In yet another creative twist, a wooden wall pocket is crafted by trimming Dollar Tree 12-inch 1X2 wood pieces to size and painting them with chalk paint. These are then attached to a bamboo cutting board, forming a pocket after drying thoroughly. A ruler is used to ensure even placement of triangle hangers, resulting in a versatile wall pocket perfect for displaying flowers or greenery.

For a simpler but equally elegant item, another bamboo board is stenciled with an ornate circle pattern using a stencil from Walmart and white paint from Apple Barrel. Masking tape is employed to secure the stencil and ensure sharp lines, with the paint applied carefully to prevent bleeding. This decorative piece serves well as a standalone accent or in conjunction with other similar decorations.

Crafting a Decorative Riser

Applying Neutral Chalk Paint

For a refined appearance, I covered the bamboo cutting board with a sandstone-hued chalk paint. I used a paintbrush for application, ensuring to cover the surface thoroughly. A second coat added depth, but one layer sufficed given the subsequent sanding process I planned.

Implementing a Worn Look

To add character to the painted board, I lightly sanded along the edges and some spots on the surface using fine-grit sandpaper. For a more weathered effect, I switched to a coarser grit, continuing until I was pleased with the distressed aesthetic.

Adding a Stenciled Flower Design

I customized a floral pattern for the riser by designing a stencil with my Cricut machine. After applying the pattern with transfer tape, I used white acrylic paint to trace the stencil onto the wood. By dabbing lightly, I ensured the pattern stayed subtle, giving it a delicate and slightly faded presence.

Securing the Support Pegs

I chose wooden Peg dolls for the riser’s legs, staining them to complement the top’s neutral tone. Applying gel stain, I brushed and wiped the legs evenly before affixing them at each corner of the board, fully satisfied with the contrast they presented against the stenciled top.

Finishing with Protective Wax

Lastly, I brushed clear wax over the entire project, including the legs. I let the stenciled design dry thoroughly to avoid smudging before waxing. Once the wax set, I polished it to achieve the desired sheen. The resulting decorative riser was thus complete and displayed an elegant, handcrafted charm.

Crafting the Wall Hook

Adhering Kitchen Boards

For a thicker base, two bamboo kitchen boards will be merged into one. A generous layer of quick-set multi-surface adhesive is spread on one of the boards. Once aligned flush, they are joined with clamps to ensure uniform drying, and left to cure overnight for a sturdy wooden piece.

Attaching the Metal Clasp

A decorative white metal clasp is the centerpiece of this creation. After situating it perfectly on the bamboo wood, the precise placement for the screws is marked. Pilot holes ease the introduction of the screws into the dense bamboo. I camouflage the screws with white paint to maintain aesthetic continuity.

Disguising Fastener Tops

To conceal the top of the screws and create a uniform appearance, a little amount of white paint is lightly applied over them. This not only camouflages them but also ties the color palette together seamlessly.

Installing Suspension Hardware

Consistency is key when applying triangle hangers to the rear. Using a carpenter square, I mark the placements for balanced support. With the top edge facing downwards, the triangle hangers are screwed in at the measured marks, readying the wall hook for suspension and completing its functionality merged with design.

Crafting a Wall-Mounted Wooden Organizer

Size and Cut Preparation

  • Measurements: Mark the desired cutting points on the bamboo cutting board for creating sections of different lengths.
  • Cutting: Adjust the board lengths using a saw, producing two pieces at approximately 7.75 inches and a shorter piece at 4 inches for the bottom cross-section.

Decorative Chalk Paint Application

  • Tape Off Areas: Use tape to cover 2.75 inches from the bottom of the cutting board to create a clean paint line, ensuring no paint seeps under the tape.
  • Painting: Employ a round sponge brush with sandstone chalk paint, apply carefully near the taped areas, and use a pouncing technique for an even coat.
  • Drying: Let the paint set; then, slowly peel off the tape to reveal a sharp, unpainted base.

Constructing the Organizer

  • Adhesive Application: Turn the cutting board over and spread quick-dry, multi-surface glue on the uncolored narrow edges of the cut wood pieces.
  • Assembly: Position the pieces to form a “U” shape on the back of the cutting board, using the 4-inch piece to evenly space the vertical parts. Secure with clamps to dry.

Finishing and Mounting

  • Sealer Application: To protect the paint, apply a spray sealer outdoors, ensuring the entire assembly is coated.
  • Attaching Hangers: Install triangle hangers on the back using a ruler for evenly spaced placement.

Crafting a Decorative Round Motif

Setting Up the Stencil Design

Before introducing paint to my creation, I began by shaping my own stencil using a crafting machine. With a chosen floral design from an online design tool, it was then imported into my machine’s software for customization. If you prefer other options, your local craft store offers a variety of stencils and decals that could also serve the purpose. Once the stencil was cut and ready, I attached it to the wood with transfer tape, ensuring it hugged the edge perfectly.

Painting Technique

Upon preparing the stencil setup, I chose a white acrylic paint to fill in the floral pattern. To apply, I poured some paint into a container, dipped my brush in it, and then dabbed off the excess to achieve a light, even application. With a gentle dabbing action, I transferred the paint onto the wood through the stencil. This technique helped in keeping the paint application minimal to avoid bleeding and to create a softly faded effect. After completing one side, I removed the stencil carefully and repeated the process on the opposite side, allowing each layer to dry for a smooth finish.