25+ Upcycling Ideas and Repurposing Projects for Cutting Boards

25+ Upcycling Ideas and Repurposing Projects for Cutting Boards

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: cutting boards and wooden bread boards from thrift stores are some of my all-time favorite treasures. Sure, they’re plain and scarred from knife use. BUT, they are truly blank canvases that are destined for any number of upcycling ideas and craft projects. 

There are just SO many ways to repurpose and upcycle them- heck, I’ve reused them in several projects myself! 

For instance, this farmhouse tray started out as a thrift store cutting board:

Farmhouse tray or wood tray with handles from a cutting board

And I upcycled a cutting board on a small footstool when the woven rush seat had come unraveled:

Restoring a small footstool with a rush seat by upcycling a wooden cutting board

So, if you see any vintage cutting boards in a garage sale pile or on a thrift store shelf, you may want to snag it for a future project. Especially if it’s older and made of solid (i.e., not pieced together) wood.

To get your crafty and creative juices flowing, I’ve gathered some of the best upcycling ideas for chopping boards around.

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Upcycling Ideas for Cutting Boards

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Are you feeling inspired to do any cutting board crafts? I’ve always got a few wooden boards in my project-to-be stash and I am definitely due to try out a new cutting board idea.

DIY garden signs with grill forks

From table tops, to signs, to decor, to organization, there’s just no limit on the ways to repurpose them into something amazing.

And if you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for wooden bread boards, then you’ll love this craft idea for a wire bread basket!

Vintage farmhouse decor with a wire bread basket and galvanized spray paint

Craft on!


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  1. So many good ideas! I love the stool, the herb planter and the modified one for more counter space but they’re all great ideas. Question: most I find are not only very dinged up (that doesn’t bother me!) but also are often “oily” so it makes sanding difficult. What’s the best way to clean them to remove that oily layer? Any ideas? Thanks!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hmm, I haven’t encountered that before. Have you tried sprinkling it with baking soda or corn starch and letting it sit overnight? Maybe scour the soda into the board with a brush, too?

      • Kathy A. says

        I’m wondering what sprinkling with salt, then scrubbing with a cut lemon would do. Thanx for collecting all these great project ideas in one place. I am keeping my eye out for bread boards with no luck so far!

  2. Wendy Oyler says

    My husband & I have planed these down to make them usable again as cutting boards but I think the next ones I buy will be finding alternate uses! You have some very cute ideas. Love it!

  3. GREAT round-up, Sarah!! Some really cool ideas to consider and pin. Thanks for including my vintage sign project–much appreciated 🙂

  4. Their all amazing, but since I haven’t seen the stool made from a cutting board I think it’s my favorite!

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