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DIY Holiday Food Board Letters

November 11, 2021

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DIY Holiday Food Board Letters

I’m so excited to share this holiday entertaining idea that I know you’re going to love. These DIY holiday food board letters are inspired by my friend Kim Shirley, who used giant paper mache letters to build a creative food board display.

This is such a fun twist on a traditional charcuterie board, and this version can hold a surprisingly large quantity of food. It’s sure to be a hit with anyone who is coming over to enjoy it!

Supplies for DIY Holiday Food Board Letters

I headed to Walmart to get all of my supplies and ingredients for these DIY holiday food board letters. I decided to go with the word JOY for this occasion. Walmart always has affordable prices, quality ingredients, and a wide range of food options. (I love that I don’t have to run around to multiple stores to find what I’m looking for!)

Here’s what I picked up at Walmart to fill the food board letters (but feel free to experiment!):

DIY Holiday Food Board Letter ingredients

How to Make DIY Holiday Food Board Letters

The process of making the DIY holiday food board letters is pretty straightforward. Here’s how I did mine.

1. Use a box cutter to cut the top off of each paper mache letter.

Cut off the top of the paper mache letter

2. Remove the top of the paper mache letter by peeling it back, then use it as a stencil to cut out a parchment paper lining.

Trace the letter on parchment paper

3. Line the bottom of the paper mache letter with the cutout parchment paper.

4. Fill your letters with crackers, cheese, fruit, and your other favorite charcuterie board snacks.

Fill the letter with your favorite snacks

Tips for Arranging Food

The sky’s the limit when it comes to arranging snacks within the food board letters. Go with a color theme, embrace a monochromatic look, arrange by type of food—whatever you please! No matter what route you take, I did learn a few things in the process of arranging my snacks and figured they might be helpful to share:

  • Serve dips and spreads in a 2-ounce condiment cup to keep things tidy
  • Cut off the bottom of the salami and roll into layers to create a pretty “flower”
  • Mix up the colors and textures to create a more aesthetically pleasing presentation
DIY Holiday Food Board Letters

Now It’s Your Turn!

I know I’ll certainly be using them several times this Christmas season—there are just so many occasions to use it, and the impressive display always makes an impact!

Now it’s your turn to try this idea at home! Head to Walmart to find everything you need to spark your creativity. The DIY holiday food board letters could be fun for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and tons of other occasions too!


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