DIY Cheese Slab With Tutorial

by Sherry

I have wanted a cheese slab for a while but the antique ones are rare and normally priced at
$2000+.  Even the reproductions aren’t inexpensive.

Dairy slabs were used in the 1800’s, prior to electricity, by stores selling butter and cheese.
Dairy items were kept cool by placing them on the slabs, which were chilled in water or set
outside in cold weather.

I have had so much fun using the water slide decals I decided to try making my own.



My version of a cheese slab with vintage mustard jars.

How to make your own Cheese Slab

This was a really easy project with the hardest part finding the right size dish to use.

I found this casserole dish at TJ Maxx for $4.95 and spray painted the bottom a gloss
white where the manufacturers name was printed.

With “Microsoft Word”  use the Copperplate Gothic Bold  font and size the word
“CHEESE” to fit your dish.  I used Papilio Clear Waterslide paper and just followed
the directions on the package. (not a sponsored post)

You do have to spray the decal with a fixative or the ink will run when wet. Apply a
light spray at least three times, allowing it to dry between application. The manufacturer
sells their own spray but I just use Krylon Crystal Clear and have never had a problem.

The decals are a little harder to use on a curved object so cut the image in half before putting
each piece in water.  Apply the decal to your dish,  matching up the two pieces. When it is
dry spray a couple of light coats of Krylon Crystal Clear on the decal.

Note:  Lightly apply decal and smooth carefully.  Do not over-rub or the decal can tear or

ink may come off.


The decals are a little harder to apply on a curved object so cut the image in half before putting it in water.  After the decal dries spray a couple of light coats of Krylon Crystal Clear on the decal.

Ready to make your own Cheese Slab?

Please feel free to use the graphic below and I appreciate you crediting me for the source.



Click HERE to see my other project made using waterslide decals. 

Thanks for dropping by!

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) February 26, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Oh I love it. What a great job. Hugs, Marty

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions February 26, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Wow, Sherry, great job! I love this project and it really turned out wonderful.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces February 26, 2014 - 11:02 pm

This is such a great idea, Sherry, and it turned out beautifully!

Judy February 27, 2014 - 12:04 am

you are so smart! i've been wanting a cheese slab (i first typed slap!) but refuse to pay the outrageous prices! i might have to give this a try and especially the 1 pt and 1 qt pitchers!

hope you and your family are doing well.

Kelly February 27, 2014 - 12:20 am

Oh I love how that turned out! Those slabs can be so expensive so it's nice to see someone do a budget DIY on how to make them. Pretty clever!

Debra Oliver February 27, 2014 - 12:27 am

dang, you're so smart! love it!

Nancy's Notes February 27, 2014 - 1:49 am

You are so clever! That is just amazing and looks just great!


Shelia February 27, 2014 - 2:00 am

Hi Sherry! I love this! I'd love to have one of those cheese thingys! 🙂
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉

Bonnie February 27, 2014 - 3:20 am

This is so clever. Those cheese slabs are so expensive. Looks great.

sweet violets February 27, 2014 - 5:54 am

Oh, my gosh, that is amazing!!! How clever you are!!! And thanks for sharing…..hugs….

Maureen Wyatt February 27, 2014 - 7:07 am

Love the look you are getting with these! I plan to try it as soon as I get some decal paper on order.

MONICA LIVAS February 27, 2014 - 9:15 am

Love it Sherry! So beautiful!

Brittany Ruth February 27, 2014 - 11:31 am

Anything cheese related always gets my approval! 🙂

[email protected] Designs February 27, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Oh my…what a fantastic idea!…Such a wonderful piece that you created!…Just love it!

Angie Forte February 27, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Can I just say…brilliant!! I've wanted a butter/cheese slab for so long. Now I can have one for very little money. Thanks for sharing!!

Reply February 27, 2014 - 6:22 pm

How cool is this, thanks Sherry! I have wanted one of those cheese plates for a long time, who knew I could make one! Great tutorial too!

Ron February 27, 2014 - 6:55 pm

You are one talented gal. I love them so much. Ooooo la la! xo

must love junk March 2, 2014 - 6:02 pm

This…is…genius!!! I've always loved these, but like you said the ones I've seen would be cheaper in gold-ha! I have a collection of the marmalade jars, too, and I love how you've got yours displayed here. Great job 🙂

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside March 2, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Very clever! It turned out great!

Tabatha McCaffrey March 3, 2014 - 10:42 pm

I will be searching for these transfer sheets. Thank you for sharing. I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky March 5, 2014 - 1:19 am

Oh, I love this! I have wanted a cheese slab for quite awhile but the price is WAY out of my budget! Thanks for this great tutorial! I will be looking for a suitable dish now!

Karin Brosnan March 5, 2014 - 5:19 pm

This is such a fabulous idea…I did not know about the decals! I would love it if you would come join us for Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your creativity with us. Hope you will come and party with us.
Karin 

AntiqueChase March 6, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Sherry this is outstanding!

The Quintessential Magpie March 6, 2014 - 6:42 pm

One of the best craft ideas I have seen yet!

Christina Paul March 7, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Fabulous! I've never used the decal process you mentioned but oh the possibilities- Thanks for sharing this!

Curtains in My Tree June 18, 2014 - 3:41 pm

I can never do anything like that
I'll send you my dish if you will do it for me, first I have to find a dish LOL
I have wanted those for years also, love the Butter, Lard and Cheese slabs


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