These DIY Charcuterie Boxes are the perfect way to offer delicious cheese, crackers, fruit, and nuts to others without worrying about guests spreading germs. Making charcuterie boxes is so much fun – there are so many different ways to build a charcuterie spread. It’s truly art in the making! Not gathering this year? No worries – deliver a mini Charcuterie box to someone’s doorstep as a gift! They also make great gifts for teachers!
Making mini cheese boards is genius if you ask me – especially during a time when it’s frowned upon to share appetizers. Once you gather all your supplies, the fun part begins. Keep reading my guide to finding out how to make your own!
What should go inside DIY Charcuterie Boxes?
A great charcuterie board includes a diverse variety of flavors from sweet to salty to savory to spicy. Many cheese boards include meats, crackers, fruits, nuts, and more surprises people love!
What size box should you use for charcuterie boxes?
Best Crackers for a Cheeseboard
First, Open Nature and O Organics have the products you need to create the wholesomely good recipes and memories that your family wants! The Open Nature line includes products that are plant-based, gluten-free, high protein, biodegradable, and compostable items.
Crackers and bread are essential! Tom Thumb offers the best artisan crackers including:
- Open Nature® Entertaining Cracker Classic Assortment (wheat and classic crackers are included)
- Open Nature® Water Cracker
- O Organic® Flatbread
- O Organics® Stone Ground Wheat Crackers
What cheeses are normally on a charcuterie plate?
This box would not be complete without an assortment of tasty cheeses. Include soft, semi-soft, and hard cheeses such as:
- Mild or Sharp Cheddar
- Colby Jack cheese
- Brie cheese (cut into smaller triangles and wrap in Signature SELECT™ Plastic Wraps)
- Blue Cheese
- Goat Cheese
What meats are included in a charcuterie box?
There are so many curated meats you can include in your board:
- Dried cured salami
- Cracked pepper dry salami
- Turkey and Ham (kids love this option!)
Tip: The secret to making them look pretty in a box is to roll the meat up and group together by using a toothpick to hold them secure. Keep refrigerated up until assembly and directly after to ensure freshness.
What else can be included in a mini charcuterie box?
If you have enough room in the box definitely fill up mini honey jars with this delicious Signature SELECT Clover Honey from Tom Thumb. Tip: This honey pairs wonderfully with the brie cheese!
Since this is a portable charcuterie board I would shy away from certain fruits that may make your crackers soggy upon delivery. Also, I always eat my cheese boards right away, but there may be some that want to save it for later. For these boxes, I went with fresh grapes.
- Berries such as raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and blackberries.
- Dried fruit such as apricots, prunes, and raisins.
- Tip: Always put fruit next to or on top of the brie cheese and places that need some added color!
I ran out of room in my boxes, but the jam is always a popular option to include:
I always include nuts in my boards. Fill in the empty spaces of the boards with nuts. Here’s a wide selection of nuts that I featured in my boxes:
- Deluxe Mixed Nuts
- Whole Cashews
- Macadamia Nut
A great charcuterie board offers a mix of sweet and salty. For these boxes, I included some of the best cookies:
- Signature SELECT Seasons Holiday Shortbread Cookies
- Signature SELECT Biscuits Chocolate
How to decorate a charcuterie box
Add some flair to your board with fresh herbs or floral arrangements:
- Edible flowers
- Fresh flowers such as sunflowers, roses, and chamomile.
How to assemble a Charcuterie box
It’s time for the fun part- putting everything together! I made eight (6×6) boxes with these supplies. Each box can feed up to two people.
- First, I assembled these gift boxes and placed festive tissue paper inside.
- Second, place crackers in different spots with the stacked meats nearby.
- Place brie cheese in a corner next to the fruit.
- Scatter cheese throughout and in between crackers.
- Then, place fruit away from crackers so it doesn’t turn them soggy.
- Stack the dessert cookies in a corner.
- Next, fill in empty spaces with mixed nuts.
- Place the honey pot with the wand in the center for a dramatic effect.
- Insert rosemary leaves in corners or spots that need some color.
- Finally, close the box and seal it with a sticker.
- Optional: Tie with ribbon or twine and attach a festive fork.
- Optional: Use a label or sticker with a custom greeting.
Remember, there are no set rules in making charcuterie boards. The fun lies in the creation phase. No board looks the same and that is what makes it so enjoyable to make. I promise your friends and family will love receiving this delicious assortment of tasty treats. Also, it’s okay if you save one for yourself – you deserve it after the year we have had.
Looking for more charcuterie board ideas?
- Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board – Make a holiday appetizer that looks like a Christmas Tree!
- Kid-Friendly Grazing Board – Kids love to snack on this charcuterie board filled with healthy snacks.
- Valentine’s Day Dessert Charcuterie Board – Filled with sweet treats to spoil your loved ones.
- Hocus Pocus Charcuterie Board – Put a spell on your party guests as they are wowed by this Hocus Pocus-inspired charcuterie board.
- Holiday Frosting Board – Frosting boards are now trending! Make an epic Christmas Tree Dessert Board!