DIY Cheese Markers from Plastic Toys


DIY gilded cheese markers - these are so fun!

I used to hate cheese.

I wouldn’t touch the stuff – the smell kept me far far away.

DIY gilded cheese markers - these are so fun!

Oh, of course I ate mozzarella on my pizza but that was as far as it went.

Until …

I discovered Brenta.

It was love at first bite.

DIY gilded cheese markers - these are so fun!

Now I’m addicted and have to avoid the cheese shop at all costs.

But when I do break down, I can show off my cheese in style with these gilded cheese markers.


Cheese Markers from Plastic Toys

1) buy cheap plastic toys from the dollar store

2) spray paint them (I used white and black)

3) add gold accents with a gold leafing pen

4) add to your cheese board, pour a glass of wine and enjoy

DIY gilded cheese markers - these are so fun!

Cheese – we have a love/hate relationship.

I love it but my hips don’t!


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  1. cute…cute.. I don’t like the smell of cheese either but I just block my nose and eat!:)

  2. I loooooovvvveeee cheese… but my hips don’t! May have to raid my treasure box at school for some plastic animals to spray paint now. :)
    xo Heidi

  3. oh i love that!!!!! so fun! i may need to copy you here. :)

  4. Cute! I’ve seen stuff done with the plastic animals before but not the gold leafing – that is genious!

  5. Could I please just live inside your head for one day? (or would it be overwhelming for me?) Where do you come up with this awesomeness? I’ve loved following your blog for the last 3 months. Every. Single. Post. has inspired me to be more thrifty and creative. Including this one!!! Yea for cheese… and the Dollar Store! xoxo jules

  6. Brenta….I have to check this out! Is it kind of like blue cheese?

    And just for the record….. I love cheese….and your cheese markers!

    Have a great day rock star!

  7. This is too fun…I just love touches of whimsy like this!

  8. I’m no cheese connoisseur, I don’t know the names of most, but if there is a sample – unless it says Limburger – I’ll snap it up in a flash. So of course I have to find some Brenta now.


  9. Kelly, only you can make plastic toys like these look uber-cool! I’m no cheese person myself, but may just try this fave of yours. Have a lovely day!

  10. Love it…we have a TON of these lil plastic animals around our house between our two boys and I thought they would make the cutest push pins. I thought I’d cut them in half, spray them with some gold spray paint and then glue them to a tac. Well, when I tried to cut them in half…I started feeling like Sid from Toy Story and I couldn’t do it!?!? lol!!! So, this idea of keeping the in one piece hanging out with some cheese is such a better idea! 😉 lol! I’m also not a huge cheese fan so I will have to try some Brenta! Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

  11. Is that why my hips are expanding? Cheese lover here, but I’m unfamiliar with Brenta. Will look for it because I’m in charge of the fruit and cheese table at a charity event next week! We are using a burlap and farm theme. Your markers would be adorable!

  12. I’ve never had this cheese? Guess I will have to give it a try?! Life to the full! Melissa

  13. So fun! Cheese is my favorite food, I think I have spoiled my 5 year old though – goat cheese is her favorite, no string cheese for her :)

  14. Those are cute Kelly…what a neat idea!

  15. Floyd Gary Thacker says:


  16. You are just a treasure trove of the best kitschy DIY ideas. I love each one more than the previous. I LOVE this idea. Oh I wish I didn’t love cheese so much. The stronger and smellier the better. I could blow my entire grocery budget on cheese. Now, Brenta is a cheese I have not met and I must go search for it! Is it like a Manchego or Parmesan? My mouth is watering thinking about it…….

  17. I love cheese! Sweet markers…

  18. I’ve used plastic toys to identify the different meats at our wild game dinners, but never thought of using it for cheese! What a cute idea! And we are cheese fanatics here…always have a few kinds in the fridge.
    Debbie :)

  19. I love cheese and serve it often when we have a get-together. I love the idea of the cheese marker, such a fun idea. I definitely need to copy this. I would love for you to link this up to my Inspire Me party going on now. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  20. So clever…and it gives me a few more ideas too. Thanks for posting!

  21. Too cute! I have an entire herd in a box downstairs that the girls use to play with. Pigs would be cute with ham cubes! lol Okay…maybe not! I’ll have to try this cheese you speak of. I must remember the name! Brenta!

  22. Well, considering I am addicted to cheese and it says so right on my home page, you must know I just love this.
    Cheese is good. Cheese is my friend. I love these and they def need to be a part of my next cheese platter. Love. Pinning.

  23. Cheese is the bomb!! Glass of wine – some really good parmesan shaved onto some crackers!! Oh yeah! Adorable idea Kelly to add some whimsy to a cheese plate!!! Pinning!

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