Cheese, Please: DIY Leather Stamped Cheese Markers + Food Tags


DIY // Leather Stamped Cheese Markers

I’ve partnered with Seven Daughters wine to bring you a series of posts that revolve around my favorite subject: DIY. And today marks the second post in this series. See post number one here: 7 DIY Entertaining Hacks to Get You Through Your Next Dinner Party in Style.

Now that it is officially fall, the holidays will be creeping up faster than I’d like to admit.

So, I thought I would share an easy food related DIY that is perfect for entertaining, especially during the holidays, in partnership with Seven Daughters wine. Leather stamped cheese markers and food tags.

Cheese platters are always at the top of my list when it comes to entertaining because they’re easy to put together, pair well with wine, and are a good, hearty appetizer / snack before a meal. I’m coming for ya, holiday parties!

DIY // Leather Stamped Cheese Markers

DIY // Leather Stamped Food Markers + Cheese Platter

The process of creating your own set of markers is pretty easy too. If you remember how easy the leather DIY escort cards were, that I made last year, you know what I mean.

Here’s how you can make your own leather cheese markers in 7 easy steps…


thick leather scraps, large bowl for water, wooden mallet, leather stamps, lollipop sticks, hot glue gun (or craft glue), paper towels or cloth

DIY // How To Make Leather Stamped Cheese Markers

How To:

1. Start by soaking a piece of leather in a bowl of water for 30 seconds to a minute. This will soften the leather, making it easier to cut and stamp.

2. Remove the leather from the bowl of water and pat dry with paper towels or a cloth. Basically, you want to stop it from dripping, but the leather should remain wet

3. Cut the leather with scraps scissors, into various shapes. I cut out diamonds, triangles, and circles (which I traced large bottle caps to create). But feel free to get more creative with the shapes (starbursts, hearts, octagons, etc).

4. Next, grab your leather stamps and pick out the letters you’ll need to create the cheese markers, based on the cheese you plan to serve. You can also create additional markers for other foods, if you’d like (olives, nuts, champagne grapes, etc). It’s not necessary, since it’s pretty obvious what those other food items are, but I included them just to make things more cohesive for the finished cheese platter.

5. Stamp each cheese name into the leather shapes and set aside.

6. Now that the leather has been stamped, you can attach the lollipop sticks. Add hot glue to the back of each piece of leather and press the top end of a lollipop stick onto the glue to secure it. Let the glue cool off and remove any glue strings.

7. Cut the lollipop sticks down to various lengths, so the cheese markers will be at varying heights on the platter. Stick into your cheese and you’re good to go.

DIY // Leather Stamped Food Markers + Cheese Platter

DIY // Leather Stamped Food Tags + Cheese Markers

I like the ruggedness of these markers. They’re not too fancy and not too girlie.

But if you wanted to dress them up a little bit more, you could add some gold leaf or even a little paint to add a pop of glam or color.

Chardonnay + Brie or Goat Cheese

Moscato + Blue Cheese

Quick Guide to Wine + Cheese

If you’re looking for some guidance in the pairing department, as far as wine and cheese goes, here are a few suggestions…

-Blue Cheese pairs well with a sweeter, dessert wine, like a Moscato.

-Brie is great with rich white wines because they are full bodied. So a Chardonnay would be a good choice.

-Goat Cheese (my favorite) pairs well with rich whites as well. So a nice White Winemakers blend or Chardonnay would work here too.

-Sheep’s Milk Cheese goes well with a bold red, like Seven Daughter’s Rich Red Winemakers Blend.

Leather Stamped DIY Cheese Markers

DIY // Leather Stamped Food Markers + Cheese Platter

What’s your favorite kind of cheese? Mine is goat cheese. I could eat it on almost anything.  Salad, toast, crackers, etc. Yum.

DIY // Leather Stamped Food Markers + Cheese Platter

DIY // Leather Stamped Food Markers

DIY // Leather Stamped Food Markers + Cheese Platter

Photography by Sarah Eddy
Concept, projects, and styling Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give these leather cheese markers a try for your next dinner party?

This post is in partnership with Seven Daughters Wine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.

17 comments | Click here to reply

These are SO adorable!
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chelsea | October 7th, 2014 at 9:25 am

Thanks Chelsea!

Brittni | October 7th, 2014 at 9:27 am

so cute! your dinner parties must be above and beyond perfect!

love, arielle
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arielle | October 7th, 2014 at 9:41 am

Haha. Thanks Arielle. I don’t know about that, but I try. :)

Brittni | October 7th, 2014 at 10:00 am

These are gorgeous! I love the different shapes and hues of leather you mixed together. I don’t know if I could pick a favorite cheese. It’s a tie somewhere between brie, goat cheese and fontina!

Kelly @ Studio DIY | October 7th, 2014 at 10:46 am

Thanks Kelly. And good cheese choices…can’t go wrong with those!

Brittni | October 7th, 2014 at 11:11 am

I love these!
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Courtney @ Pizzazzerie | October 7th, 2014 at 11:24 am

A cheese plate is just good for every gathering, ever. I love them. This is such a cool way to dress them up! I love it!
The Accidental Mama

Laura | October 7th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Thanks Courtney and Laura! Glad to hear that you both enjoyed the tutorial.

Brittni | October 7th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Awesome idea! I’m addicted to cheese and meat platters.

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Pickles and Palmtrees - Melanie | October 7th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

I totally thought about adding meat to this one, Melanie. But there was already so much food, it seemed like overkill at that point. Next time for sure!

Brittni | October 7th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

lovely styling brittni! what do you use to get that clean white background?

Molly | TLP | October 7th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Thanks Molly. The background is just a large panel from the home improvement store, that has been painted white. Hope that helps. And if you’re looking for more tips on backgrounds and behind the scenes info, check out my Skillshare class, The How To on How Tos: Creating Compelling Tutorials for Your Blog, right here:

Brittni | October 7th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

This is such a great idea! I could see this making a great Christmas gift, perhaps adding a cheese board and knife, or something… Saving this for later!
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