Have you ever recycled or re-purposed something in your home?
It could be on a small-scale, perhaps reusing a bundt cake pan to create a planter. Like this one we featured a couple of months ago.
Or on a larger scale, maybe taking an old desk to create a rolling cart. Like this one.
Karen and I often try to find new uses for items we have in our inventory. For the past year or so I have become smitten with dipped kitchen utensils. It’s actually something I could see myself displaying in my own kitchen. So when my favorite Craigslist seller gave me a small collection of wooden utensils, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them!
Four of the wooden utensils were miniature. I spotted this little wooden crate in our inventory, somewhere inherited along the way too, I knew it would be perfect for these petite utensils.
If you’re going to have a cute set of paint dipped wooden utensils, they should at least be displayed, right? The most common way seems to be in a mason jar on a counter top.
But I wanted to do something different.
I “dipped” each of the miniature wooden utensils first, allowing them to dry while I focused my attention on this display crate. Here is a nice and simple tutorial by HGTV for painting “dipped” utensils.
In the next few steps I used supplies and extra hardware I had in my tool tote. I added four cup hooks, evenly spaced, along the bottom side of the crate. I drilled a hole into the handle of one utensil and added an eye hook to another utensil. The other two utensils were already prepped for hanging.
In order to hang the organizer onto a wall, I turned the wooden crate over and attached a coated piece of wire to two eye hooks on the back.
Then I simply used the two eye hooks and two small pieces of twine to hang the four utensils from each of the cup hooks. The small crate is perfect for displaying small kitchen items…
…like a toothpick holder, or your favorite salt and pepper shakers.
This is more of a decorative kitchen item, but a larger version of this for full-sized wooden utensils could be made as well. Use 1x boards or scrap wood to create a box or crate of your own and run with it!
This little kitchen wall display is currently listed in our Etsy shop. Click here to view the listing.
I also have a collection of larger wooden kitchen utensils to help inspire another kitchen accessory project. Any suggestions? Post in the comments below!
Upcycled Miniature Dipped Kitchen Utensil Organizer
Happy Salvaging! -Kathy
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