Summer is a time for projects at our house. Well…let’s face it we have projects all year! But summer is a special time for them. 😉
Our kitchen is small and we cook all day. There is simply never enough room for all our cooking utensils. So we decided to make a little box that can hold them. It’s pretty easy to make and very convenient to just grab what you need and keep cooking! With our Christmas in July theme we thought this would make a really cute gift for anyone who loves to cook.
You can make adjustments to the wood so that the box will be whatever size you need. The concept is the same no matter the size.
A staple gun with 1 ¼in. staples is the easiest way to attach everything. However, a drill and 1 ¼ in. screws will work good too. You can use either wood or drywall screws. If you use screws make sure you use a drill bit that has a diameter that is smaller than the screw diameter to pre-drill the holes so the screw threads will have something to screw into and and will go straight into the wood.
A flat working surface is important to keep the box corners and edges straight and even. Wood clamps are helpful but not required.
You will use 7 pieces of wood:
(2x) Front pieces 2 ½ in. by 10 ½ in. by ¾ in.
(2x) Side pieces 5 3/8 in. by 4 5/8 in. by 1 in.
(2x) Back and bottom 10 ½ in. by 5 3/8 in. by 1 in.
(1x) Inside divider 4 5/8 in. by 2 ¾ in. by 1 in.
Set the back piece on top of the back edge of the bottom piece and attach the bottom piece to the back piece using staples or screws along the back edge of the bottom piece.
Take a side piece and position on top of the bottom at one end. Keep the side piece flush with the back and bottom pieces. Attach the side piece to the bottom and back pieces using staples or screws. Repeat with other side piece.
Find the center of the box and position the divider piece. Attach to the bottom and back pieces using staples or screws.
Align one of the front pieces along the bottom edge of the box. Keep flush with side pieces. Using staples or screws attach the bottom front piece to both sides pieces, to the bottom piece, and to the divider piece.
Align the other front piece along the top edge of the side pieces and attach to both side pieces.
Sand smooth and paint if desired. If you like you can also stencil “Utensil” on the front or you could use vinal lettering.
If you like this DIY you might want to check out our 3 Easy DIY Photo or Quote Frames.
We have another fun use for this box that we will be sharing tomorrow so stay tuned!
Have any questions or comments? Let us know below! We are sure there are a how bunch of other things you could use this box for. If you think of one comment and let us know. We are super curious to see how it works for you 🙂