Vintage Cheese Labels And How To Print On Wood

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Printing On A Wooden Lazy Susan With Vintage Cheese Labels (An IKEA HACK)

The other day when I was going through my vintage label collection, I came across these old cheese labels. I had a simple birch wood Lazy Susan from IKEA (SNUDDA). I thought that it would look fabulous jazzed up with one of these vintage cheese labels.

My small collection of labels are for just two types of cheese. French Camembert and Swiss Gruyere.

When I started looking into the labels further on the internet, I discovered that collecting cheese labels in France was a thing. There is a fabulous website that displays hundreds of different Camembert labels and their monetary value.

That isn’t surprising, as the French are well known for loving the cheese they produce and are very proud of it. Here is a gastronomic map of France that shows the regions and the food they are well known for including the different cheeses.

Camembert was first made in the late 18th century at Camembert, Normandy, in northern France. It is similar to Brie, which is native to a different region of France.” Most towns in Normandy make their own Camembert, hence the variety of labels.

The cheese tends to be packaged in whole in thin, round, wooden (poplar) containers. With a round label on the top often displaying the Normandy town where it was made.

Lazy Susans are round turntables designed for distributing food around a table. I thought it would be fun to use one of these round cheese labels to print on a round wooden Lazy Susan.

vintage cheese labels.

The downloaded vintage cheese labels will be of a higher resolution than the image on the website. Just click on the title above to download.

I will display the vintage cheese labels first. Then I will show how to print on wood. I will also provide a .png format of the labels for those who want to use them for a craft.

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The Vintage Cheese Labels

1. Camembert Pont-Audemer

Pont Audemer is a commune in Normandy France.

2. Le Dauphin Camembert

Dauphin was the son of Louis XIV.

3. Jollit Freres Camembert

This JOLLIT freres Camembert is from the commune in Normandy of Saint Chtistophe Sur Conde.

vintage cheese label Jollit freres Camembert

4. Laiterie Camembert

Laitere is the French for dairy. I presume this is a Camembert from the dairy in Moulin de Ver.

Vintage cheese label Camembert

5. Le Coutancais Camembert

From the commune Coutances in Normandy famous for their cathedral. Hence the cathedral on the label.

Vintage Camembert Cheese Label.

6. Process Gruyere Cheese Label

This is a label for Swiss Cromlech Gruyere Cheese. Cromlech is an ancient stone circle in Switzerland (like Stonehenge) hence the image on the label.

Process Gruyere Cheese Label

7. Tiger Gruyere Vintage Cheese Label

This is a popular brand of Swiss gruyere cheese. I’ve used this label to print on wood (see tutorial below). Just because it was my favourite design, I love the image of the tiger. Despite being a Swiss product the tiger gave the label a more oriental feel.

Vintage cheese label

How To Print On Wood With A Cheese Label

I thought it would be fun to print one of these cheese labels onto an IKEA (SNUDDA) Lazy Susan. I use my Lazy Susan as a cheese board so it seemed very apt to decorate it with a vintage cheese label.

The reason I chose to print on wood rather than decoupage is that I prefered the vintage worn finish you get with printing. If you want a smooth unblemished look I suggest you decoupage instead.

DIY printing on wood works well and I love the look. The finish will not be perfect it’s hard to avoid small blemishes and a worn look. I wanted my finished cheese board to look aged and well worn, that is why I decided to print.

What You Need To Print On Wood

  • IKEA SNUDDA Lazy Susan – or any other Lazy Susan or round wooden board.
IKEA SNUDDA Lazy Susan

How To Print On Wood

1. Firstly, you will need to print a mirror image of your chosen label to size. I choose the Tiger cheese label, a high resolution .png of all the labels are provided below.

The Lazy Susan was 39cm in diameter so I printed the label onto A2 paper at my local print shop. You can use photoshop or free software such as Canva to adjust the size of your label. In the software program just choose a canvas A2 paper in size and enlarge your label so that it fits onto the canvas with a margin of about 1.5 cm from the edge.

Either flip the image horizontally whilst in the software program to make a mirror image. If you can’t do this for some reason ask the print shop to print it as a mirror image.

To print on wood the label needs to be printed on laser printers and not inkjets. That is one of the reasons I use my local print shop as all their printers are laser printers.

The .png files. Just click on the label you want below and a .png of the image will download.

  1. Camembert Pont Audemere
  2. Le Dauphin Camembert
  3. Jollit Freres Camembert
  4. Laiterie Camembert
  5. Le Coutancias Camembert
  6. Process Gruyere
  7. Tiger Gruyere

2. Next, to prepare the wood for printing. Sand off all the varnish from the top.

Sanding off the varnish

3. Cut out the printed mirror image of the vintage cheese label.

Printed mirror image label

4. Cover the printed side of the label with a thin layer of mod podge. Also, cover the top of the wood with a layer of mod podge. Then stick the label face down onto the wood. Use a ruler or credit card edge to smooth out any bubbles in the paper. Leve for several hours to dry fully.

sticking label to board face down

5. Once the Mod Podge has dried, using a sponge and a bowl of water dampen the back of the label.

Wetting the label.

6. Next, gently rub away the wet paper with your fingers. You will notice that the paper comes away from the wood leaving the print behind. You have to be both gentle and firm with the rubbing.

Rubbing away the paper.

7. Carry on rubbing until all the paper is removed. You may have to keep on adding water to the paper in between rubs. The whole process takes a little time and you will have to go over the same area several times to remove all the paper residue.

Occasionally, you may rub a little too hard and remove some print. Especially on any areas that weren’t sanded very well. Don’t worry about this. It only adds to the character of the vintage cheese board look. Also, you can tidy up these mistakes at the end by colouring in the areas with coloured sharpies or paint over them with acrylic paint in matching colours.

Removing paper.

8. Once the Lazy Susan is dried, brush away any loose bits of paper from the top. Finish off by sealing the board with a varnish. If you are going to use the board for serving food directly on to it make sure you use a food safe varnish or wax.

Finished printed Lazy Susan
Vintage cheese label cheese board.

I choose a vintage cheese label as I use my Lazy Susan as a cheese board. You can of course print any image you want onto the board. I like the idea of a chocolate board!

If you liked this post you might like to check out these decoupaged vintage seed packets art. Or if you fancy a fruit board, there are some fabulous botanical fruit images here.

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11 thoughts on “Vintage Cheese Labels And How To Print On Wood

  1. That is my favorite label, as well.
    I’m glad I came across this project. Last month I was planning a project using Mod Podge on a bowl. I couldn’t find any information regarding food safety.
    After drying, is it waterproof and is it safe to eat on?
    Thanx!

    1. Thank you. I suggest using a food safe varnish to finish it off. The varnish should be waterproof enough for a wipe but I wouldn’t soak it in water.

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