10 Minute Ikea Hack: House-Shaped + Geometric DIY Cutting Boards

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DIY Cutting Boards. Click through for the step by step instructions for this 10 minute DIY idea.

When we were in London, we stayed in an amazing home that is owned by a designer, who has cool little DIYable items all around her home. And one of those items inspired today’s project for geometric (and house-shaped) cutting boards that also happen to be an easy Ikea hack, which you know I love.

The London home owner had a set of house-shaped cutting boards that we used for cutting bread, etc while we were there. And I looked them up while we were there to try to track them down. They’re no longer available, so I took a (very bad iPhone) photo and made a note to make my own when we got back home.

And I finally got around to it! So I wanted to share the tutorial and Ikea hack for anyone looking to add some personality to their kitchen accessories: DIY cutting boards in geometric shapes.

DIY Cutting Boards. Click through for the step by step instructions for this 10 minute DIY idea.

DIY Cutting Boards

Here’s how to create your own custom shape Ikea hack cutting boards in about 10 minutes…

Materials

*You can also use a regular circular saw. I have both, but I like the control of the compact one better for a project like this. It fits better in your hand, is lighter than a circular saw, and feels less intimidating, in my opinion.

**Also, if you have a jigsaw (which is next on my list of tools to buy), you can create shapes with curves that don’t have straight cuts (i.e. circles, arches, waves, etc), which would also be super fun for cutting boards.

DIY Cutting Boards. Click through for the step by step instructions for this 10 minute DIY idea.

Instructions

1. To cut a house-shaped cutting board, you’ll need to make some measurements. Start by finding the top center of the board and making a mark with a pencil. Then create the first angle for the ‘roof’ going down from that center point to the side of the cutting board. And mimic that same angle on the other side as well, by measuring how far down the side of the cutting board that first angle is, and marking it off at the same measurement.

If you’re creating an asymmetrical angle instead of a house shape, you don’t have to worry about measurements, just mark off a design that you like.

2. Add painter’s tape or washi tape to create a more obvious guide to follow for your saw, if you’d like. I did this and found it to be helpful visually, but it’s not necessary if you can see the pencil lines really well.

3. Clamp down your cutting board, using table clamps to keep the board secure while cutting. Make sure that the areas that you are cutting are a safe distance away from the table that the cutting board is clamped to.

4. Make the cuts with your saw, remove the tape, and sand the edges for a smooth finish.

5. Next, apply food safe mineral oil with a cloth to the entire surface (front, back, and sides). Wait 5 minutes or so and wipe off any excess oil with a dry cloth. You can reapply the oil every few weeks, if needed.

6. (Optional) Add a leather knotted strap, if desired. I actually drilled a hole (with a spade bit) in some of the smaller cutting boards that didn’t already have a hole and it was super easy. *Wet your leather first before trying to knot it. This will make it softer and easy to bend, etc. Then will harden back up as it dries.

DIY Cutting Boards. Click through for the step by step instructions for this 10 minute DIY idea.

DIY Cutting Boards

DIY cutting board

DIY Cutting Boards. Click through for the step by step instructions for this 10 minute DIY idea.

Hanging DIY Cutting Board

Photography by Amelia Tatnall and Brittni Mehlhoff
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

What other shapes and designs do you think would be fun for this cutting board DIY?

17 comments | Click here to reply

That’s an amazing idea, I love upgrading Ikea things!
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Michelle | August 17th, 2016 at 9:07 am

Thanks Michelle. 🙂

Brittni | August 17th, 2016 at 9:16 am

Oh my goodness! These are so adorable! I would love to have all sorts of geometric shaped cutting boards all around my kitchen!

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Andrea Handojo | August 17th, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Glad you like ’em Andrea. They’re so, so easy to make.

Brittni | August 17th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Oh these are so cute! Clever idea!

Queti | August 17th, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Thanks Queti. 🙂

Brittni | August 17th, 2016 at 9:25 pm

I love the mix of different shapes! The photo styling in this picture is amazing too!
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Cat Meschia | August 19th, 2016 at 5:06 pm

What a fabulous idea! Love it. ~ Cobs.

Cobs. | August 20th, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Veryvery nice!!!
And beautiful photos!

Nina | August 27th, 2016 at 2:00 am

Other Cutting Board Options: A BBQ Grill Scraper!

We have made a wooden scraper for our BBQ after the result of an unfortunate accident. A tiny wire came off the grill brush, got embedded in some hamburger…and then my throat. 2 surgeries in a row & 4 hours under the knife. We banned the brush & hubby made a wooden scraper with a bevelled edge. Some DIY’s just may save your life!

Kim Schellenberg | August 29th, 2016 at 10:52 am

Creativity at its best!
Awesomely done Brittni 🙂

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Fantastic idea thanks for the tips on Ikea hacks

Zahara | October 11th, 2016 at 5:24 am

Abosolutly amzing idear.
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Oh that’s lovely!
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Marie | April 6th, 2017 at 8:33 am

Hi Marie. I’ve had them both for years, so I don’t think they’re available anymore. 🙁 Bought them from Anthro.

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