DIY Gold and Marble Cheese Plate

I rarely take reader submissions mostly because I think i’m a control freak and want my blog to be mine, MINE, MINE but when Morgan from PepperDesignBlog sent this to me, I thought, “This is so simple, cheap and cute that America just must see it”. The whole project costs $6 and would be great for a party. You could even paint wood blocks and stack them (like they are tiered) OR paint the wood on the outside many different colors colors (or a black and white stripe?). So here you go, and thanks Morgan for the submission:

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

Marble cheese plates perched atop kitchen countertops or set out casually for an outdoor party make pretty appetizer stations. Here’s a diy project to make your own for about $6. The tile options that could be used for a project like this are really endless, but we chose a marble today because, paired with gold, the combination is so classic and pretty.

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

Materials needed include a 12×12 piece of sample marble tile from your local home improvement store, two 1/4″ x 36″ long wooden square dowels (found right next to the round ones in the lumber & finials aisle), gold spray paint, a hand saw, sanding block and wood glue.

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

To prep your dowels, cut them into to four 12 1/4″ lengths. The dowels are so thin that a hand saw is all you should need. Sand the edges with your sanding block until smooth and spray paint gold in a well ventilated area.

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

Once dowel lengths are dry, apply wood glue along one edge of one piece and firmly press to the side of the marble tile. One end of the dowel should be flush with the tile, the other should overhang the tile by 1/4″ so that the next dowel has something to butt up against.

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

Repeat on all four sides and allow to dry.

Serve with your favorite cheese, fruit and crackers. Create multiples to build tiers or to stagger down a long table for a full spread of yummy appetizers. Enjoy!

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

DIY Marble & Gold Cheese Plate | Emily Henderson & Pepper Design Blog

And you are done. I know that there are a lot of cheeseboards out there and I also know that this one will not last for years, but I love that for a party you could make a lot of these and have the decor be consistent – you could even have 6 in a grid with different cheeses on each of them.

Thanks, Morgan!

  1. Emily

    Wow, great project, I’m glad you stepped outside your comfort zone to share! Definitely pinning this one as an idea for wedding reception decor….

  2. Anna

    love this! so easy yet so chic : )

  3. Kim

    See, sharing is good and something you’re going to want to teach Charlie!!

  4. Ali

    Love this! Fantastic share, thank you.

  5. Amy

    Love this! I also think it would be easy to switch out the wood edges if they ever got worn or damaged.

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  7. Jess Hartnett

    I see myself gifting a few of these! These would be great hostess presents! Thanks for the DIY!

  8. Sam

    Love this. Simple & chic. Can’t beat that!

  9. Very nice! I like this DIY – it’s just my speed.

  10. brilliant! i’ve been lusting over marble cheeseboards. i think it would be great to glue the marble to thick slab of wood and trim it out. would give it some great heft. thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Karen

    Very nice. If you were just doing this for a party, you could even skip the wood and use gold (or other colored) washi tape around the edges of the marble.

  12. You read my mind! I’ve been jonesing for a marble tray and this one is genius.

  13. Yay! Thank you so MUCH Emily for posting :). I’ve been traveling and this is the BEST surprise to come back to! xoxox

  14. Sioned

    This is my favourite diy I think! It looks really fantastic xxxx

  15. Janelle

    I’m a big fan of Morgan’s/Pepper Design Blog and am so thrilled to see her awesome work featured here on your blog!! ;)

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