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How to Make a Hand Crafted Slate Serving Board

When we shared our rustic egg cup holders a few weeks ago a lot of people asked about the slate heart we used to stage the photo and how we made it. Silly me, I honestly thought that it was almost too easy to share, but sometimes, the best DIY projects are the simplest.

How To Make a Hand Crafted Slate Serving Board

The gorgeous slate heart serving boards take about an hour to make and hardly cost a thing. With Mother’s Day around the corner, it might just be the perfect gift too 😉

How to make a hand crafted heart shaped slate serving board

All you need is a piece of slate. You should be able to find some at builders yards or tiling shops. If you’re in South Africa then go to Builder’s Warehouse peeps. They have them in the back and you can pick and choose the thickness and colors.

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You’ll also need a spray bottle filled with water, pliers, a rubber mallet, safety gear, a tile cutter, and a tile file.

How to make a hand crafted slate serving board

Before we get into the how-to, I just want to chat a little about tile cutters.

Tile Cutters

You can use various tools to cut slate.  A wet tile saw, regular circular saw with a tile blade, an oscillating multi-tool or even a tile nipper all work. But we prefer using our Dremel and attaching a diamond tile cutting wheel. It’s lightweight and the smaller blade makes it sooo much easier to cut the rounded edges at the top of the heart. It’s like using a girlie-man tool 😉 (I’ll add an affiliate link at the bottom of the post for your convenience). If you don’t have a Dremel, no worries, many hardware stores will rent them out for the day. So you can play without paying to much.

How to make a hand crafted slate serving board

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Making the Heart Shaped Slate Serving Board

To make the heart shape simply score a heart onto the slate using a sharp knife or pointy stick. You could also use a permanent marker to draw the heart. When you’re ready to start, spray the slate with water, turn on the cutting tool and start cutting. The water helps lubricate the blade (LOL, that sounds so wrong) and eliminates airborne dust. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to put on a dust mask and all your protective gear 😉 That fine dust that you see in the picture below is hot, so please be careful.

How to make a hand crafted slate serving board

You don’t need to cut all the way through the slate. About 5 mm (1/8”) should be more than enough. Once you’ve cut all the way around the heart, use your pliers to break off the outer edges. They break off really easily. We saved all those little bits and used them to tile our tiny bathroom. But if you want to be really adventurous you can always learn a new skill and turn them into arrowheads and make some bookends 😉

How to make a hand crafted slate serving board

To break off the larger pieces a light tap with a rubber mallet works beautifully. The slate should break all along the “fault” line you made with the cutting wheel. If there are any sharp edges you can get rid of them with a tile file. Just sand them away. Slate has a tendency to stain so it’s best to put on a food-safe tile sealer if you want to use it as a serving board.

How to make a hand crafted slate serving board

The sealer also gives it a beautiful sheen and brings out all those gorgeous “slatey” colors. Slatey is a word right!!?

How to make a hand crafted slate serving board
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Isn’t that slate just beautiful?

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If you like the handmade slate serving board why not pin it for later 😉

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I wasn’t sure if a few words and pictures were enough to explain how easy it was to make so we’ve uploaded a video just in case. We’re still learning how this whole video thing works, so please let me know what you think. Editing a video is way more complicated than cutting a heart in slate 😉

Did the video help? I really hope so, but if you’ve got any questions, please ask away in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer them.

Oh before I forget, if you’d like to make something similar or prefer to buy rather than DIY,  we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more crafty ideas to share with you

Park Designs Slate Heart Board
Dremel SM20-02 120-Volt Saw-Max Tool Kit
Argon Tableware Heart Shape Natural Slate Drinks Coasters - Set of 6

Wishing you a beautiful week and happy crafting. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, DIY Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts


  • Posted: November 28, 2017 05:58

    Yolandi North

    I love love love this & I am going to get my husband to help me make it. Thanx so much for a wonderful blog. xxx
    • Posted: November 28, 2017 07:06


      That's super Yolandi, let me know how it turns out. P.S. I'm having loads of fun on your blog too. It's always so lovely finding a fellow South African blogger
  • Posted: July 2, 2017 02:17


    Wow! This is so cool! I would never have thought to make one of these on my own, but you sure do make it look doable! xx Neelam
    • Posted: July 2, 2017 12:42


      Thank you Neelam and they really are super easy to make, just be careful of the dust ;-)
  • Posted: May 12, 2017 05:22

    Yeu Doi

    It is so cool and practical. Great for special banquets & dinners!
    • Posted: May 12, 2017 06:46


      Thank you so much Yeu ;-)
  • Posted: May 10, 2017 11:50

    Barbara Montag

    It's very creative and hard to develop and design these trays although it looks unique and appealing.
    • Posted: May 11, 2017 08:35


      Thanks so much Barbara, this one was super easy though
    • Posted: May 11, 2017 08:44

      Barbara Montag

      welcome :)
  • Posted: May 8, 2017 14:35


    this is neat and would make a nice handmade with love gift. love the color and rustic feel. I wonder if using this type of serving tray would add extra minerals to your food?
    • Posted: May 8, 2017 15:44


      I'm really not sure Obi, I'm a useless cook ;-) We use ours as a cheese platter and it's been sealed with a food safe varnish. I have heard that you shouldn't put slate in a dishwasher, but I don't know why though. Sorry. We just wipe our slate hearts after we've used them and they're good to go.
  • Posted: May 8, 2017 04:23


    Amazing board with loads of goodness. Does slate do any harm to the health? or the food on it?
    • Posted: May 8, 2017 07:22


      Not that I'm aware of Swadhin, quite a few restaurants here in South Africa serve appetizers on slate . I probably wouldn't try cutting anything on the slate though, it sounds like someone is scratching on a blackboard ;-)
  • Posted: May 7, 2017 17:21


    This is such a wonderful idea Michelle. I first noticed this slate when you posted about your rustic egg cups! Thank you so much for sharing!
    • Posted: May 8, 2017 07:14


      Oh yay Maya, so glad you like it. Thank you
  • Posted: May 7, 2017 09:03


    Good early (very) early morning. Lol I just saw this beautiful heart that you and your husband made. My question is WHAT FOOD GRADE SEALER did you use, and must you seal it? Could a person just spray it with vinegar water and clean with that after use? Didn't see any questions regarding this. Have a great day. --- Gigi
    • Posted: May 8, 2017 07:14


      Hey there Gigi, we found that slate tends to stain if it hasn't been sealed. We used a South African product called Provencal, it’s water, oil and wine resistant. If you can’t find something similar then tung oil, raw linseed oil or even beeswax will work. Hope you come right
  • Posted: May 6, 2017 20:37


    Wow! Wish I had your talent!
    • Posted: May 7, 2017 05:31


      Thank you Aditi ;-)
  • Posted: May 6, 2017 06:19


    This look so amazing. I love the color so much!
    • Posted: May 6, 2017 06:47


      Thank you Cristina, slate is such a beautiful stone
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 21:52


    Oh wow! this is so pretty and stylish. I am a total disaster on DIY projects, so I don't even try!
    • Posted: May 6, 2017 05:49


      I'm glad you like it Nati. When I first tried DIYing something I failed miserably and then the bug bit me, hard :D
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 20:57


    I love this idea of a DIY hand crafted cutting board! My husband is very much into DIY projects and he would to try to make something like this. I like how you designed it into a heart and added the accessories to it. Very nice!
    • Posted: May 6, 2017 05:56


      I'm glad you like it Jennifer. Maybe you can convince the hubby to make you one ;-)
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 18:40


    This is such a good idea and it's so beautiful!! Doing this and sharing. I'm so pumped I have a dremel tool haha
    • Posted: May 6, 2017 05:59


      Aren't they just the best little tools out there. I love our Dremel. Thanks for the lovely comment Emmy
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 16:28


    This is amazing!! Jodie www.jtouchofstyle.com
    • Posted: May 6, 2017 06:00


      Thank you Jodie :D
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 13:56

    Gennifer Rose

    I love this modern style of kitchen decor! Perfect for entertaining friends and family for holidays :) Gennifer Rose | www.GenniferRose.com
    • Posted: May 5, 2017 14:04


      Thank you Gennifer ;-)
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 13:06


    This is gorgeous! I love how it looks and am so impressed that you made it. Never would have thunk it! The video is awesome, love seeing how it's all done. So cool.
    • Posted: May 5, 2017 13:33


      Oh yay. oh yay Nikki, thank you. I've been so impressed with the videos you've shared and only now realize how intimidating it is and how much work goes into it too. I would far rather make slate hearts than do the whole video thing ;-)
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 04:10

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, I love this slate heart! You do make it looks so easy. This project is definitely worth trying. What a beautiful way to serve food. Thanks for sharing the how-to my friend!!
    • Posted: May 5, 2017 10:14


      That's a pleasure Keri, it really is surprisingly easy to make. Hope you have a lovely week my friend
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 03:09


    Wow! I never thought about making my own serving board, but this looks cool. xo, Elizabeth // txelizabeth.com
    • Posted: May 5, 2017 10:15


      Glad you like it Elizabeth, thanks so much
  • Posted: May 5, 2017 02:12

    Yuen Mi

    OMG. This is awesome. I was looking for some more creative food photography background, and this is it. This is going into my to do list. Hopefully I can get it done by next week. Thank you for sharing this.
    • Posted: May 5, 2017 10:15


      Oh that's great Yuen, let me know how it turns out
  • Posted: May 4, 2017 14:56


    This is so gorgeous!!! Love it, love it, love it!!! Great idea and even greater tutorial!!!
    • Posted: May 4, 2017 15:18


      Oh Christina, thank you so much. I'm really glad you liked it.
  • Posted: May 3, 2017 17:11


    This is so beautiful! I don't think I can make one by myself but I think my husband has the tools and maybe he could do it!
    • Posted: May 4, 2017 07:07


      Glad you like them Ntina, maybe your hubby can show you how? ;-)
  • Posted: May 3, 2017 17:08

    Manavi Siddhanti

    That's one of the most useful yet aesthetic DIYs I've come across!
    • Posted: May 4, 2017 07:08


      Thank you Manavi
  • Posted: May 3, 2017 13:45

    Candy Rachelle

    This is something I most certainly wouldn't make but I sure wish I knew someone who WOULD make it for me. I 'LOVE" this piece...absolutely gorgeous and different. No one else will have it! www.keepingupwithcandy.com
    • Posted: May 3, 2017 14:24


      Thank you for your lovely comment Candy. I know it seems like it's complicated, especially if DIY is not something you do. Maybe one day you'll try it or find that someone who'll make one for you. I hope so, you deserve it ;-)
  • Posted: May 3, 2017 13:36


    Kudos! This is a very intricate art project! So nice of you to share this tutorial. I bet this will be an ice breaker for visitors coming to our house!
    • Posted: May 3, 2017 14:19


      Everyone loves them and I never thought about putting a tut up. Thanks Kevin I appreciate the comment
  • Posted: May 3, 2017 13:35


    How lovely is this?! I never thought of making my own slate serving board before, although I did use an old roofing tile as one for awhile! :)
    • Posted: May 3, 2017 14:18


      That works for me too Elizabeth ;-) Love your food photography shots BTW, I just want to eat my screen
  • Posted: May 3, 2017 09:25


    very nice :)
    • Posted: May 3, 2017 14:56


      Thank you so much Anon :D
  • Posted: May 2, 2017 17:59

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    Great video tutorial, you really do make it look easy! Cant wait to find a bit of slate and give it a go. :)
    • Posted: May 3, 2017 12:53


      Videos still freak me out Sarah. It takes forever to edit. If only they were as easy as making the slate heart I'd be happy
  • Posted: May 2, 2017 15:28

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    How cool Michelle! I love the serving board! I haven't ever thought of using my dremel to cut anything. I need to try this, you make it look so easy.
    • Posted: May 2, 2017 15:53


      I'm so glad someone invented a Dremel, they're fabulous, and it really is easy Linda.
  • Posted: May 2, 2017 09:18


    Thank you for paying back my curiosity, since I was one of those people asking about this heart :) Loved it! And I thought it was harder to make this lovely heart. I was wrong!
    • Posted: May 2, 2017 11:56


      ;-) It's a pleasure Gabi. I'm so glad you asked about the heart. Thanks so much
  • Posted: May 1, 2017 22:33

    Angie ~ ambient wares

    I loved watching how the slate was cut and removed. It was so cool to just watch it fall away especially with the mallet. I know that's how a score works but, it's one of those things where you're still in awe that it just broke away so easily :D It is absolutely gorgeous!
    • Posted: May 2, 2017 07:30


      Thanks so much Angie. I love watching it break too, it's so satisfying, even when the break isn't perfect it still looks wow :D
  • Posted: May 1, 2017 21:46


    What a beautiful and easy project! Thanks for the tip about the Dremel. I definitely need to get one of those for our future projects. And it would probably take me a few times to draw a heart that wasn't lopsided haha. Yours turned out beautiful!
    • Posted: May 2, 2017 07:32


      Dremels are the best ever. We have two at home, one for hubby and one for me and we love playing around with them. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Meg
  • Posted: May 1, 2017 19:27

    Sadhna Grover

    Hi, Michelle, you have explained every step so nicely in the video, you had mentioned it is easy to make, but it is not that easy for a person like me. I love the shape and the slate, I want one for myself, maybe I will ask you to make one for me.
    • Posted: May 2, 2017 07:33


      We'll make one for you anytime my friend ;-)
  • Posted: May 1, 2017 18:28

    [email protected]_diem

    Hi, Michelle! I was visiting one specialised store with all items related to food producing industry (various food item, cooking untesils, serving etc) couple of days ago. My eyes were set on certain black serving board that said to be made out of a rock. I was thinking how cool it is, but also so so expencive. So, when I got to see your post in my news feed, I was like "WHAT???" I looove it! And - I neeeed ooooone LOL ;)