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Grab two wooden bamboo cutting boards from the dollar store – we’re making a DIY Wood Bead Riser, customized with chalk paint and a stencil.

how to make a wood bead riser

Follow this quick and easy tutorial to make your own trendy farmhouse-style dollar store wood bead riser.

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DIY Wood Bead Riser Tray from Dollar Store Supplies

In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll guide you through the process of creating a stylish wood bead riser using two plain wooden cutting boards from the dollar store and some wooden beads. Wood bead risers are versatile decor pieces that can elevate your home styling, whether it’s for displaying candles, plants, or other decorative items.

Let’s talk about dollar store cutting boards

I bet you didn’t expect a tutorial for a farmhouse-style wood bead craft to begin with an ode to a simple dollar store kitchen item. Yet, here we are.

It’s no secret that I’m a BIG fan of crafting with dollar store cutting boards. The Dollar Tree used to sell plastic cutting boards with handles – that I used for these 3 Christmas cutting board crafts last holiday season.

But now, it seems like Dollar Tree has been selling these little bamboo cutting boards:

let's craft with dollar store cutting boards

Never the one to abandon a favorite craft supply, I decided to whip up a craft with this new style of cutting board. Here’s what I started with:

supplies to make a bamboo cutting board wood bead riser

And here’s my finished craft:

green wood bead riser with a flower stencil on top

I’m not sure which style of cutting board I prefer. Both have been SO much fun to craft with!

VIDEO Tutorial: Dollar Store Wood Bead Riser

Watch this quick YouTube video to see how this craft came together:

green wood bead riser with a flower stencil on top

DIY Wood Bead Riser

Yield: 1 riser

Grab two wooden bamboo cutting boards from the dollar store - we're making a DIY Wood Bead Riser, customized with chalk paint and a stencil.


  • 2 bamboo cutting boards (measuring approx. 8.5 x 5.75 inches) - from Dollar Tree
  • 1.5cm wood beads (about 40)
  • 4 2cm wood beads (for the riser feet)
  • E6000 glue
  • Chalk paint - Waverly brand in color Moss
  • OPTIONAL: stencil, pouncer brush, and white paint for embellishing the top surface of the riser


  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paint brush


  1. Watch the video tutorial before you begin, and let that be your visual guide for this project.
  2. Place one cutting board flat on a stable surface. This will be the base of your wood bead riser.
  3. Add a bit of hot glue to a small wood bead, and set it at the edge of the cutting board. Continue adding wood beads this way all the way around the perimeter of the cutting board. NOTE: Apply more hot glue to one side of the wood bead, and face this side towards the inside of the cutting board. This will help prevent hot glue puddles poking between wood beads.
  4. Add a line of hot glue along thee top of the wood beads - along the inner, and not the outer, edge. Place the second cutting board on top. Apply hot glue to the tops of the wood bead border
  5. Use a combination of E600 and hot glue to add four larger wooden beads as "feet" to the bottom of the cutting board tray.
  6. Apply two coats of chalk paint to all surfaces of the wood bead riser.
  7. OPTIONAL: Use a contrasting color chalk paint to add a stencil detail to the top of the riser. Seal with a coat of clear acrylic spray.

With a few simple materials and a touch of creativity, you can create a unique and charming wood bead riser that adds a rustic and trendy touch to any space.

DIY wood bead riser tray with stencil detail on top

Don’t forget to PIN this Dollar Store craft for later:

Dollar Store Wood Bead Riser


  1. I want to craft something like this with round cutting boards to place my coffee urn on. The spout is too low to fit a cup under and this would be perfect!

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