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Hi, all! I’m back with another super easy but labor-intensive craft. This project looks impressive! I came up with this idea first as a housewarming gift. I also ended up gifting this marble cheese plate to one of my favorite couples for their wedding. Seriously y’all, I want one of these for myself. Check it out!
- Marble Cutting Board (I bought this one)
- Dremel Tool with a Variety of Heads
- Dust Mask
- Eye Protection
- Transfer Paper
There wasn’t much planning for this project. I needed a Dremel tool, a marble cutting board, and a stencil, which I created with the CriCut. I knew I wanted to monogram their initials in the marble, so I needed to find a font. When searching for fonts, I like to look for ones marked free for commercial use.
After finding and installing a font (installation tutorial from skillcrush here), you only have to make the monogram in CriCut Design Space. If you don’t know how to make a monogram in CriCut Design Space, you can head over to That’s What CHE Said and read about it here.
I designed and measured, cut and weeded. Then, using the ruler to help center it, I transferred the design to the marble cheese plate. If you aren’t sure how to do this, I recommend checking out this post by Daily Dose of DIY. I LOVE my CriCut and use it constantly. I feel like you have to get one if you are a serious crafter! It will make your life so much easier.
Side note- if you have been wanting a CriCut, you can get one here.
Carving the Monogram
Once the design was in place, I used the Dremel tool with a wide, rounded head to gently carve out the design (using the proper PPE). Gently being the keyword. You can always carve more, but don’t want a big gouge in the marble. I got the hang of this quickly, thank goodness. Make sure you have plenty of light when you are working.
The wide head carved out the center of the design beautifully, but it was too wide to get close to the edges. I had to change to a pointy, narrow head for that. After switching heads, and cranking up the light, I was ready to carve the outline. First, I worked around the outside of the design from the top left to the bottom right. I carefully traced the outside of the design, then blended my new edge into the existing edge. It sounds harder than it is. This is the time-consuming part. Take breaks if you need to.
Also, If I were doing this project again, I would have opted to use the narrow, pointy head and carve the outline first. It would have been easier to go back and fill in the center of the design after the outline was finished. Also, it would have been easier to blend the edge where the two carving heads meet.
After I got the design carved, I peeled off the vinyl. Immediately, I noticed a few rough edges. It wasn’t that big of a deal. Just make sure you are under a bright light and have the narrow, pointy Dremel head on. Then go to town smoothing out the rough edges on the design. This part of the process really made it shine! Take a look at how it turned out in the end!
To wrap it, I put it in a cake box. The box was the perfect size and left space on top for the other accessories like cheese knives, ramekins and labels. One of these days, I will get around to making one for myself, I hope!