Adorable party idea - state cheese plates, made with clay.

Serving a good plate of cheese is one of the ways I love to welcome guests. It’s easy (just buy the ingredients from the store). Cheese, crackers and fruit – you can’t go wrong there! We made a recent spread extra special by adding in a couple of our favorite states in the form of clay cheese plates. The project is such a fun idea for housewarming parties, or just celebrating a state you love. They’d make adorable hostess gifts too – when given with your favorite stinky cheese.

DIY state cheese plates - love this for a housewarming gift!

OMG!!! California state cheese plate - made at home with clay!

To make the clay state cheeseboards we used air dry clay – you can get it in any color imaginable at a local craft store. It’s better to use air dry vs. bakeable for this project since the air dry clay tends to set more firmly. Which I learned (along with everything elseΒ I’ll ever need to know about clay!) while writing my first book, Materially Crafted.

Create a state template by printing out a photo of your favorite state right here. I would suggest aiming for no longer than 8 inches large for your template. Any larger and it will be difficult to get the clay to lay right.

Roll out the clay on a firm surface to about 1/3 inch thickness and as large as your state template. Place the template onto the clay and use an xacto knife to cut around the edges. Allow the clay to dry in place per the package directions.

After the clay has completely dried, use a non-toxic glaze to set the clay and make it ready to serve on.

The project can be replicated into any shape imaginable. I love having a few favorite states on hand for serving, they instantly become a conversation starter at gatherings.

(Photography Β©A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland).