How to Upcycle a Cutting Board Into an Address Plaque

Is your cutting board a bit too small to make the cut? No problem. In just a few steps, you can upcycle it into a stylish stand-in for a front door wreath that also doubles as a pretty address plaque.

May 20, 2022

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Materials Needed

  • small wood cutting board (with handle)
  • large numbers, printed from your computer
  • patterned card stock
  • glue stick
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • wired ribbon that coordinates with your chosen card stock

1. Print, Then Cut Out Numbers

Using the word processing program on your computer, type out your house numbers, one on each line, and enlarge to fit the available space on your cutting board. Using scissors, cut out each number. We'll be using these as a template.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

2. Trace Onto Patterned Card Stock + Cut Out

Using each cut-out number as a template, trace the numbers onto pretty card stock (Image 1) and cut out (Image 2). If pencil marks are visible, erase them (Image 3).

3. Note Center + Attach House Numbers

To help you position the card stock house numbers, first note the cutting board's center by adding a small piece of painter's tape to the cutting board's top and bottom, then note the center using a ruler and pencil. Flip numbers over and apply an even coat of glue to the back of each (Image 1). Using your center marks as a guide, position numbers and press in place (Image 2).

4. Add Decorative Ribbon

Wrap a small bit of ribbon around the neck of the cutting board and tie in a decorative bow. Create a pretty, swallowtail end, that also prevents fraying, by folding each ribbon's end in half then cutting up toward the middle.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

5. Hang on Your Front Door

Hang your completed address plaque on the front door in place of a wreath using either a metal wreath hanger or by looping ribbon through the board's handle and knotting onto a door knocker, as shown here (Images 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can always hang the finished plaque near your front door by just tapping a nail into an adjacent wall.

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