Cheese Markers for A Charcuterie

Hello everyone, today I am sharing how to make cheese markers for a charcuterie. These are easy project, and this is a great time to gather ideas for the upcoming season.

First off, I have been thinking about making these DIY cheese markers for my charcuterie for quite some time.   

Because Memorial Day, Father’s Day and graduation parties are around the corner these are a great idea. 

How to Make Cheese Markers for A Charcuterie

Step 1: Purchasing Paint

The first purchase is Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint.  Because I was next to Ace Hardware, I ran in to buy the paint. Also, we are HUGE Benjamin Moore fans!


Next came the plan, make cheese markers for a charcuterie board that are easy, straight forward and pieces I can use over and over.  This is where the chalkboard paint became ideal. Therefore, the hunt began for pieces to create the cheese labels.

Begin with Finding Wood Pieces for These Simple Cheese Labels

Step 2: Wood Pieces for the Labels

First, finding a package of different round wooden shapes at Michael’s, gives me the perfect pieces to make these cheese tags.  They are a great size and will be perfect for seeing the names of the cheeses and other items clearly.  


Small Clothespins to Make an Easy Elegant DIY Stand

Step 3: A Different Stand

So then, I began looking for something to allow these buffet labels to stand.  Wait until you see what I bought! Small wooden clothespins, perfect right? And different!


Finding these small clothespins was exciting because these are so different from other buffet labels, I have seen in the marketplace. By the way have you seen charcuterie markers with clothespins as feet?

Also, clothespins work great, if I need taller feet for instance, using different height dishes for food these are easy to change!

Not having seen these adds originality to this cheese marker craft.   I think these are adorable and I’m adding a bit of elegance a perfect match for our home.

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Next, while in Michael’s I did purchase a few chalkboard pens for the simple cheese signs. I also purchased them in silver and gold. How fun for the holidays! Especially for appetizers and dessert board signs.

Beginning to Make These DIY Charcuterie Markers

Step 1: Paint the Wood Disks

After gathering my supplies in my office/craft room, it is time to begin making the charcuterie cheese markers DIY.

I begin painting each side of the wood pieces with the two coats chalkboard paint.  Let them dry in between each coat.

close up of cheese markers after being painted

Making The Set of Appetizer Feet Look Elegant

Step 2: Paint the Rub N Buff or Antique Gold Paint

Meanwhile as the bases are drying, I grab a favorite product, Rub N Buff in antique gold for my clothespin’s feet.  Using a stencil brush, I add the Rub N Buff covering the clothespins. Besides being an easy product to work with its especially great because a little goes a long way.  Let the clothespins dry completely.


Adding My Quick Cheese Marker Craft Idea to My Charcuterie Board

Step 3: Add These to Your Board for Appetizers or Cheeses

After finishing the markers DIY, I set up a small charcuterie board. By the way, you may be interested in another charcuterie post because I share how I made my cheeseboard from an old wood wine crate.  Wait until you see this, it’s amazing!

I truly love how the clothespins add another elegant element to my charcuterie markers.  Notice how they elevate them, so they are easy to see and don’t get in the way when reaching for your favorite cheeses?


Foods and Dishes to Use on a Cheeseboard

Step 4: Adding Dishes, Pretty Glasses

As a rule, when making a charcuterie board, adding different cheeses, nuts, olives and fruit make great additions.  It’s also a good idea to mix hard and soft cheeses.  For example, Gouda, Asiago, Brie or Goat to the charcuterie.

All the dairy labeled

I also try to make this as pretty as possible because we eat with our eyes first.  I like to use pretty dishes to hold nuts and olives.  Also using pretty dishes to serve on is a great because again, we eat with our eyes.

Use any dishes you have in your home. Adding small forks and spoons for serving adds another pretty look and makes it special.

Picture of cheese marker with smoked cheddar written on it and a bowl full of olives

Also Add Pretty Glasses and Small Utensils for Serving

By the way, these glasses are a new favorite purchase of mine.  First of all, I love the pattern because it is subtle and elegant.  I enjoy adding elegant and rustic touches anywhere I can make pieces pretty for family and friends.

I especially like these glasses because I can use them to serve easy desserts inside if I choose to make a dessert charcuterie board.  Have you ever made one?  They are especially fun, and you may enjoy this post for ideas.

The entire cheeseboard ready for guests

I am so happy I made these charcuterie markers because, we will be gathering for Memorial Day, Father’s Day and July 4th.  And I’m sure I will be using the charcuterie board filled with lots of goodies. 

I hope I have given you the inspiration on how to make cheese markers for a charcuterie DIY.

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

44 thoughts on “Cheese Markers for A Charcuterie

  1. Cindy I love your charcuterie board signs. I have purchased similar signs, but when I saw yours I was asking myself Why? Such a great Idea! P.S. I think I have the same glasses in blue as your pink? peach? ones. I love your color! Thanks for the inspo.

  2. Charcuterie boards are great for entertaining. The cheese markers are really cute. What did you use for writing on the boards? Did I miss that part?

  3. What a pretty way to enhance charcuterie boards! It’s always great to see exactly what delicacies are presented and your chalk markers are the perfect solution for identifying tasty treats!

  4. “We eat with our eyes” oh my gosh, you are so right! Your charcuterie board looks so beautiful. Great tutorial! I love how versatile your markers are. Am going to go check out how you made your board now… : )

  5. I LOVE the charcuterie board and made and use it all the time! Now I can’t wait to make some of your markers so everyone knows what their grabbing! Great idea, Cindy! P.S. I love that you used that Rub and Buff on your clothespins! It adds a touch of class for sure!

  6. Your charcuterie board looks amazing and the markers add to the look! I will definitely give this a try!

  7. These are so cute, Cindy, and would make a fabulous gift set too. I love that you can use them throughout the year no matter what the season. They’re perfection! Big hugs, CoCo

  8. These are so cute – I love that you chose something really unexpected for this challenge.

  9. Love the markers! I really like that they are black, makes it more impactful against the cheeses. Great DIY!

  10. Such a cute project Cindy. The charcuterie boards are all the rage now, so these sweet little markers are perfect. I am happy to feature your cheese markers at Love Your Creativity.

  11. we are huge benjamin moore fans too; we use nothing but in our house! I’ve always wanted to try their chalk board paint; now I have an excuse!

  12. Hi Cindy … I’ve always wanted to have a set of cheese markets. What a clever way to make them. I’ve not tried chalk board paint before … but I’m going to! xo

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