For Christmas this year, it was all about the time and love put into the gifts we gave to our family and friends. In addition to an array of home baked cookies and made by hand pasta, we gifted personalized calendars made by us in iPhoto and handcrafted slate cheese boards. Oh, and wine from the case we purchased back in October specifically for Christmas gifts. Glad we managed to save a few bottles; it was touch and go for awhile ;) How cool if we could’ve made the wine, too?
But back to the slate cheese boards.
It’s about a 3-day process to do them right. Each 12″ x 12″ tile was thoughtfully chosen, scrubbed clean, and allowed to dry overnight. The following day, we cut out and adhered a cork backing to each tile to protect countertops and surfaces the slate might be placed on.
Next step was to seal the tile with food-safe mineral oil to make it non-pourous. It also gives the tile a nice polished look.
After drying overnight, we applied second and sometimes third coats as needed. Once set, dry, and ready to give, we packaged each with a ‘use and care’ sheet, chalk, and twine. Ta-daaaa!
Where we got supplies to make our own:
- Slate tile from Home Depot
- Cork backing, non-toxic wood glue, and twine from Michaels Arts & Crafts
- Non-toxic, dustless chalk from Target
- Mineral oil from Walgreens