DIY Wood Board and Spoon Butter

January 24, 2021cookwcharacter
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I love wooden spoons and cutting boards. They’re safe to use with everything, they look pretty, and they just feel good in the hands, you know?

But over time, wooden items begin to lose their “glow” a bit. In the past, I’ve used food safe mineral oil, but I ran out and I didn’t want to pay a ridiculous price for it. Plus, it just never seemed to last very long, and it always took more than I thought it would.

So I did some research and decided to make my own “wood butter.”

Its seriously easy to make, and requires only two ingredients. I happened to have those around the house, but they are really easy to get online or at the store. And since everything is food safe, you can use a regular pan to make it.

I’m lazy, so I have a pan I was getting rid of that I decided would be dedicated to things like lip balm and this butter, so I wasn’t worried about clean up.

I’ve done a YouTube video where I take a cutting board I got at the DAV thrift shop and it really made a HUGE difference. I did sand this one – it was WAY too rough not to – but even so, I’m kind of shocked at just how big a difference it made!

The Recipe

You really only need a few things.

  1. You are going to dump your beeswax and coconut oil together, and then melt them together over low/medium-low heat until its completely liquid. Once it is, you pour it into whatever container you want to keep it in.
  2. Let it cool, then use!
  3. I’d recommend rubbing in a dime or nickel size amount (It doesn’t take much) and then letting everything sit for 8-12 hours. Then use a soft, lint free cloth and buff it out. I use the flour sack towels from Wal-Mart for this. No lint.

I’m planning to make a huge batch of this come November, put it with a nice wooden spoon, or a cutting board, and using it as Christmas gifts. It would also make a good gift for any time of year for your favorite foodie, or a hostess gift!


  • Katrina

    January 27, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Oh, this is perfect! We have some prized wooden cooking utensils that are special to us, but lately they’ve started to look worn. I was just wondering how to nurture them back to their former glory. Thank you for this post!

    1. cookwcharacter

      January 27, 2021 at 8:29 pm

      Yay! I hope this helps them shine again!

  • Mihaela |

    January 28, 2021 at 5:49 am

    I never thought this would be something I could do at home! I will try this weekend with a tired looking board:)

    1. cookwcharacter

      January 28, 2021 at 6:43 am

      It is so easy! I hope you love the results!

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