Red, White, and Blue…Inspired Maker’s Challenge

Repurposed Cutting Board to Patriotic Serving Tray

Welcome to this month’s addition of the Inspired Maker’s Challenge!  Each month a bunch of us get together for a maker’s challenge, the only rule is that it has to fit the month’s theme.  The theme this month is red, white, and blue…after all it is almost the 4th of July.

Now, I just have to confess that I don’t do a lot for the 4th of July as far as decorating goes.  We have our flag out on the front of the house and that is about as far as it goes.  So when this month’s challenge came around I really had to rack my brain for something I could do.

Plan A was to make pillows for the chairs on our deck.  I had planned on making them out of a vinyl tablecloth.  I bought the tablecloth (it was so cute with red, white, and blue stars) for just $3.99!  I thought they would be awesome and waterproof!  I made the first one, it turned out okay.  When I went to close up the second one I ended up bending the needle on my sewing machine…grrrrr.

On To Plan B

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repurposed cutting board to patriotic serving tray

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Supplies Needed

  • Cutting board
  • Rustoleum Spray paint: red, white, and blue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Stencils for USA
  • black craft paint
  • 2 drawer pulls

I already had all of these supplies except for the drawer pulls, so this little repurpose only cost me $5.35.  SCORE!

I am certain you know how this will go, but humor me, if I don’t give you the tutorial this will be the shortest post in the history of this blog.

  • Clean your cutting board and let dry completely (I let mine dry overnight)
  • Spray the entire board white
  • Tape off the board to spray on the red, then the blue

repurposed cutting board into a patriotic serving tray

  • Stencil your patriotic saying.  I chose USA, but you could put anything on there that will fit.  Some stars would even jazz it up some more.  I chose to do a transfer stencil.
  • Print your letters on your printer, turn it over and shade across them completely with pencil.  Lay the pencil side down on the board, trace the outline of the letters and when you lift the letter it will be there outlined all nice for you to paint in.
  • Distress with sandpaper to take some of the shine off
  • Add your handles and voila’

repurposed cutting board into a patriotic tray

Not too bad for a quick and easy repurposing project and now I have a bit of decor for the 4th of July…wink, wink.

In case you are wondering what those pillows were going to look like, here is the one that got finished.  Still nice and dry even after the morning dew

outdoor pillow made from a vinyl tablecloth

How do you decorate for the 4th of July?  Do you go all out, or just add a little red, white, and blue?  I would love to hear all about in the comments!

Have a wonderful 4th of July, be safe, and enjoy the long weekend with your family!

Don’t forget to visit the rest of our hosts for more patriotic inspiration!

Follow with #InspiredMakers and #InspiredMakersChallenge to see more amazing projects each month!

The rules are simple – whatever the project is, it has to fit the monthly challenge theme, which is something different to inspire you each month!

June Challenge: Red, White, and Blue
Load up on all the patriotic inspiration from your hosts:

Kimm @ Reinvented | Denise @ My Thrifty House
Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Victoria @ Dazzle While Frazzled
Toni @ Small Home Soul | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs
Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Susie @ The Chelsea Project



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  1. What a great reuse for a tired cutting board. I have one I bought new from the store that is grainy and course after I washed it so I’ve never used it to cut anything. I think it needs to become a tray 🙂

    Love the pillow, you have to make more of those. I might have to go shopping for a tablecloth now 😀

    1. Yes it does Toni!! And if I can get my sewing machine to self thread again I might be able to finish those pillows, lol! Be careful the vinyl tears easy in the sewing machine, but is holding up great outside 🙂

  2. Never thought to use door handles!!! That’s such a great idea, I love how your tired cutting board turned out! I have one that I hide away, I need to grab some handles and get going!

    1. Yes you do! I was going to throw it away when the light bulb went off, lol! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

  3. LOVE your tray. I’m crazy about our country so seeing it poudly displayed USA really rocks my world. Love your pillow, too! What a shame about the sewing needle, but that tray!!!! Wowzers. Three cheers for Plan B!!! Have a happy holiday!! XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Thank you sweet friend!! I am bummed about my needle, because now I have to get out my manual and try to fix it, lol! Total sewing machine novice over here! Have a wonderful 4th of July!!

  4. What a fabulous repurpose of a chopping board!! I’m sure you will use it a lot over the coming weekend! Great idea using the door handles too!

  5. Super cute project friend. Bonus points for using door handles.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  6. Not just one, but TWO creative projects ! That’s an accomplishment – broken needle or not! They both look very patriotic in honor of our country’s birthday! Thank you for the tutorial!

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