For awhile now, I’ve been in search of the perfect utensil holder for our kitchen. I haven’t seen very many that I absolutely loved and the ones that did grab my eye, seemed so expensive. Rather than continuing to search for one, I spontaneously decided that we should make our own.
I ran down to the garage, found an old piece of fence wood and asked my husband to cut it into 4 pieces, all of the same length, and to also cut a bottom for the box.
The pieces of wood can be cut to any length that you want and if you don’t have a husband willing to help you cut your wood, you could always try to find someone at your home improvement store to help you. It’s amazing what people will help you with, if you just ask!
After the wood was cut, my husband used a drill to screw the pieces together. Now, his work was done and the rest was up to me!
I brought the box inside with me and sanded up until it was smooth. It didn’t need to be perfect because I was hoping for more of a rustic and weathered look.
After the box was sanded smooth, I stained it with a wood stain that we had on hand. I’m not even close to being a staining expert but, I’ve discovered that staining wood is fun, easy and a frugal way to really transform that wood that you’re working with.
After the stain was thoroughly dry, I painted on one coat of gloss. This gloss will help protect the wood and it gives the box just a touch of shine.
I let the gloss dry for about 24 hours and then the real fun started…..Burlap! I wrapped some burlap around the box and then used a staple gun to fasten it to the back of the box.
Now, all it needed was a big, chunky burlap flower. Turns out, burlap flowers are super easy to make!
First, cut out 5 large circles of burlap.
Fold four of the circles in half and then in half again.
Use a hot glue gun to glue the four circles of burlap onto the fifth one.
To make the flower complete, it needed a button. I ran to my sewing box, found a button and sewed it on. Next, I hot glued the burlap flower onto the finished box. All done! I love that this utensil box was super inexpensive to make and that it’s large enough to hold a lot of stuff. When you’re creating something, remember that it doesn’t need to be perfect. Just have fun and let your imagination take over!
Angela’s Adventures is written by Angela, a stay at home mom of two little ones. Angela loves writing about daily life with her 3 year old and 1 year old and also, her crafting and cooking adventures. Creating tasty recipes and making her home beautiful, without spending much money is a passion of hers. To read more of Angela’s Adventures, please visit her blog at http://www.angelastrand.com/. You can also find her on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/angelastrand/