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
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.
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26 thoughts on “DIY Cheese Slab With Tutorial”
Oh I love it. What a great job. Hugs, Marty
Wow, Sherry, great job! I love this project and it really turned out wonderful.
This is such a great idea, Sherry, and it turned out beautifully!
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.
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!
dang, you're so smart! love it!
You are so clever! That is just amazing and looks just great!
Hi Sherry! I love this! I'd love to have one of those cheese thingys! 🙂
Be a sweetie,
This is so clever. Those cheese slabs are so expensive. Looks great.
Oh, my gosh, that is amazing!!! How clever you are!!! And thanks for sharing…..hugs….
Love the look you are getting with these! I plan to try it as soon as I get some decal paper on order.
Love it Sherry! So beautiful!
Anything cheese related always gets my approval! 🙂
Oh my…what a fantastic idea!…Such a wonderful piece that you created!…Just love it!
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!!
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!
You are one talented gal. I love them so much. Ooooo la la! xo
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 🙂
Very clever! It turned out great!
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 @ http://chicbytab.blogspot.ca/2014/03/chic-by-you-wednesday-link-party-2.html. Hope to see you there!
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!
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. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/03/centerpiece-wednesday-115-see-and-share.html Hope you will come and party with us.
Sherry this is outstanding!
One of the best craft ideas I have seen yet!
Fabulous! I've never used the decal process you mentioned but oh the possibilities- Thanks for sharing this!
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