The charcuterie board infatuation is not losing its appeal any time soon. In fact, I keep seeing newer and more interesting ways of creating them. Which is why you’re here, am I right? You are curious about this new option and how easy/difficult it is to make. On a scale of “my 5th grader can do this” to “only Martha Stewart and her team of experts are qualified”- I’m here to say it’s completely achievable and takes less time than you imagine.
So let’s jump right it and skip all of the chitchat!
What you’ll need:
• 12 inch craft letter box (found mine at Joann fabrics)
• knife or cutting blade
• variety of finger picking foods; vegetables, fruit, crackers, cheeses, cold cuts, nuts
• honey or fruit/ nut spreads
• parchment paper
• paper towels
• fresh flowers (optional)
How to make it:
First things first, let’s cut out the top of those boxes. This is perhaps the most “challenging” portion in this process. It’s not rocket science, you just have to try and cut as neatly as you can. I used a knife to cut out the top face of the letter. A little trick that helped me keep things in a straight line around the edges was to cut and pull just a bit. It almost created a perforation effect. I would cut with the knife along the edge, just an inch or so, and lift off as much as it would allow for an easy and clean cut. It helps reduce the amount of time too!
Once you cut out the top face of the letter, remove any excess scraps and wipe inside with a slightly damp paper towel. I lined the inside of the letter box with dry paper towels first and then added a second layer of parchment paper. The paper towel helps keep the box from becoming soggy and the parchment paper keeps the food clean. Another benefit is that you could also reuse the letter box in the future.
Now the fun part! Stuffing your letters! You can arrange the finger foods and spreads however you’d like. I like to add a lot of color and texture per letter box to keep things visually interesting. I also like to include a fresh flower or two because it adds a little bit of whimsical beauty.
Pro tip: adding sprigs of fresh herbs creates more depth!
Please watch tutorial video for full instructions!
It’s such a beautiful way to set up a charcuterie board. Perfect for special events and celebrations. Let me know if you give it a try!