ISSUE 94  |  Handyman Special

DIY: A Hipster Cutting Board

October 17, 2013 11:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

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Ikea’s Swedish blog Livet Hemma is indisputably clever; our latest DIY obssesion? Making our own wooden cutting board with leather hanging cord. Here’s how to get the look:

Photos via Livet Hemma

Above: You can accessorize a cutting board by looping, twisting, or nailing a piece of leather strapping or cording to it. Some of these decorations double as hangers.

Above: Use a Leather Hole Punch Tool to make holes; $6.89 via Amazon. (Or get your local shoe repair shop to punch the holes for you.)

Above: Furniture nails and rivets can be sourced from any hardware store. 

Above: A pair of Genuine Leather Straps (1/2 inch wide and 20 inches long in total); $12 from Cocosheaven via Etsy. 

Above: Natural Leather Cord (2 millimeter wide, 5 yards long) is $3.49 from Hempbeadery via Etsy. 

Above: Real Flat Leather Cord (10 millimeter wide, 3 feet long); $3.29 from Basic Pretty Supplies via Etsy. 

Above: The Proppmätt Chopping Board is made from birch; $5.99 from Ikea. A leather strap can be threaded through the hole. 

Above: The Proppmätt Chopping Board is $2.99 from Ikea. Leather cording can be wrapped around the handle. 

Above: The Architec Gripper Wood Hardwood Cutting Board is $14.99 from Amazon. A leather strap can be affixed to the top of the board. 

Above: Leather straps and cord dress up an otherwise ordinary tool. Please send us examples of what you make.

 We have a weakness for great cutting boards. You, too? Check out our posts DIY: Pastel-Painted Cutting Boards, 10 Easy Pieces: Display-worthy Chopping Boards, and Dip-Dyed Cutting Boards.