How to make a baking cheat board

How to make a baking cheat board

I found this little wooden board when I was in a shop in France which sells end of the line items and it was only €1.25. As soon as I saw it I knew there was potential to turn this into some great! Recently I have noticed quite a few signs popping up of different baking measurements and their equivalents, particularly popular in America. I decided why not do this with this little board to hang up in my kitchen, as I often have to find a webpage when I have a recipe with measurements in cups to work out the grams or ounces. I am not a cup kinda girl! I thought this would be a great little how to post, showing how simple it is to create and make this little sign.

 

 

Materials needed:

  • Wooden Board
  • Mod Podge / Liquid glue adhesive
  • Vinyl cutting machine and software – I use a Silhouette Cameo
  • Vinyl
  • Weeding tools / craft knife
  • Transfer tape
  • Scraper
  • Acrylic / chalk paint
  • Paintburshes

 

Step 1:

Apply a layer of mod podge / liquid glue adhesive to both sides of the board. If the glue is quite thick, thin a little with water. However, do not thin too much as you need to coat the board to allow the vinyl to adhere to the glue coating; it will struggle to adhere if you do not coat it at all or is too watered down.

Step 2:

In your software, design the items you want on your board. I looked up various baking measurements that I usually come across when baking and found the equivalents in others units. I also split it up into sections to include flour, butter, sugar and liquids etc. In addition to this, I found a few baking equipment graphics to cut out. 

When you are happy with the items, and these will work in a layout for your board size, cut these items out in white vinly with your Silhouette cameo. To cut this out I used settings as followed:

  • Blade 1
  • Speed: 1
  • Depth: 10
  • No double cut

I used a speed of as 1 was cutting quite small thin font, so the slowest speed gives the best cut.

Step 3:

After weeding all the pieces, apply transfer tape and peel the backing of the vinyl off. I cut each section up individually to weed and transfer I as thought this would be easier. 

Step 4:

Gently placed each item on the board until you are happy with the position. Once ready stick each piece down and burnish using the scraper until the vinyl adheres to the board and does not pull away with the transfer tape. . 

I found a few of the sections were not as straight as they once first appeared when positioning. I decided for the cooking side of the board I would try cutting and transferring the whole design as one piece.

Step 5:

Go through the same process (2-4) for the second side of the board, ‘Cooking’, using oven temperatures and the equivalent heat settings. 

As I previously mentioned, I decided to cut this side as one piece and as the design was longer than my cutting mat, I loaded the vinyl as a medium without the mat. To ensure the machine would cut all of the design I had to select the 12 x 24 mat (which I do not have), but this meant all the design would be cut on the vinyl.

Step 6:

It is easier to weed a large piece in sections. You can do this by applying weeding lines in the software – if you have business edition I believe this is feature of the software, but if you have designer or basic edition this is not included. Instead you can draw some lines that interact your design but do not go through it. Or, if like me, I did not really think about this till after it was cut and saw how large it was to weed, you can use a craft knife and ruler to do exactly the same as if you had asked the machine to cut weeding lines. 

Once all the design has been weeded,  transfer the design to one whole piece of transfer tape and transfer to the back of the board; again burnish using your scraper until the vinyl sticks to the wood and does not pull away with the transfer tape.

Step 7:

As my board was already painted white up the top I would not create a negative title with white paint so the title would appear wooden. Instead, I designed a stencil in Silhouette and cut this out in Vinyl. I weeded the stencil so I was only left with the negative and transferred this to the board. If you  would like a similar title, apply the stencil is firmly to the board, paint and allow to dry;  you may need to apply more than one coat of paint. 

Once dry, carefully remove the vinyl. Repeat the same process of the other side of the board with a different title.

I hope you have enjoyed this and has inspired you to produce a useful piece of art for your kitchen that is eye catching at the same timel! If you enjoyed this please don’t forget to follow the blog, Facebook and Instagram!



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