Today I am sharing the DIY project that I did this weekend. Now that it is the time of year that we are dining outside often, I wanted a new flatware caddy that is both functional and decorative. I couldn’t find what I was looking for and decided to make my own. I found most items at my favorite craft store, Michaels.
-4 galvanized tin cans
-1 6″ square of unfinished wood
-black acrylic paint
-2″ alphabet/number stencil kit
-round foam stencil brush (called spouncers)
-round head fasteners (from staples)
-wood stain (I used Minwax in special walnut)
1. Stain your piece of wood by applying with a brush or cloth and wiping off any excess. Allow to dry for about an hour. I didn’t apply a top coat since the wood doesn’t really show too much and I am not that worried about wear and tear.
2. Apply the paint with the stencil and the foam topper and allow to dry. I applied numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4, but you could do letters like K, F, S, and N for knives, forks, spoons and napkins or leave blank.
3. Cut your rope to about 21″ and hot glue ends to the center of the board, creating a rope handle.
4. Hot glue the tin cans to the bottom of the board, around the rope making sure the painted side faces out. Once the glue has dried, turn piece over and drill holes in the bottom of the cans. Place fasteners through the bottom and bend prongs (inside can) to further secure the cans to the board. Put a dollop of hot glue on top of prongs to hold in place.
5. Turn over and pull rope through two of the cans like below…
6. Put a dollop of hot glue over the rope to keep it in place. This helps to balance the handle when carrying when you are using stainless instead of plastic cutlery.
The actual time spent on this project(not include drying time) might have been 30 minutes. I would love to hear how it turns out and see photos of yours!
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