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Reclaim, Recycle, Renew - Cutlery Holder

When I made the decision to start blogging, it was partly inspired by wanting to share my experiences of being a woman in STEM.

Before starting my business I had no knowledge or experience within the woodworking field. Over the past couple of years I have learnt so much; trying new things, making mistakes (lots of them) and educating myself on my craft.

With a passion for sustainability; I continuously think of creative ways that I can recycle off-cuts of wood and other materials, to make useful items. With that in mind, I decided to create a DIY blog series 'Reclaim, Recycle, Renew.' I hope to encourage others to try some fun craft projects and in the process, reduce or recycle household waste.

My sister is re-decorating her kitchen and asked me to make a cutlery holder. After trawling through Pinterest for inspiration, I decided it would make the perfect craft project for my first DIY blog.

So here it is...a cutlery holder made from recycled tins.

Follow the tutorial below if you would like to make one.

For this project you will need:

*A chopping board

*A piece of wood (for the base)

*Four tins


*Nuts and Bolts

*Wood Glue

*Hand Drill




*Paint or Oil

*Craft Materials (optional)

Step 1 - Cut a chopping board to your required size and cut out a shape to make a suitable handle. If you don't have the tools to do this, you could buy a board with a pre-existing handle.

Here are some suggestions below:

Step 2 - Find a suitably sized base, for mine I cut a piece of oak 17.5cm x 20cm.

Step 3 - Find the centre line of your base and mark with a pencil.

Drill two holes equal distance from the edge of the base (50mm - for my base)

I used a 4mm drill bit and did a countersink, so that the screw sits flush to the surface. If you do not have a countersink drill bit, you can partially drill with a larger drill bit. (bigger than the head of the screw you are using)

Step 4 - Glue the bottom of the chopping board with a suitable wood glue and screw the chopping board onto the base, from underneath. The countersink you created in Step 3 will stop the screws from sticking out of the bottom of your base.

Step 5 - When the glue has dried, sand and add your desired finish to the wood. Depending on your choice; you may want to paint, varnish or stain your wood. I used teak oil to create a natural finish.

Step 6 - Decorate your tins, you could spray paint or decoupage them...let your creative flair run wild! I used PlastiKote Metallic Grey - £6.99 The Range.

I most certainly did not let my creativity run wild...not the most dramatic of transformations (my sister chose grey)

Step 7 - Position your tins onto the base, measure the halfway point of your tins and mark onto the chopping board. Drill holes (6mm) in both the tins and chopping board.

Step 8 - Glue tins onto the base and screw into place with 30mm bolts, place a nut on each bolt to secure into place.

Step 9 - Add custom labels to your tins. I engraved some wooden tags but you could use slate, card or magnets, for a quirky finish.

Voila...the finished product...

We'd love to see your version of our DIY tutorial.

Share your makes with us on Facebook or Instagram @createandmakecelebrations

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