Recently I’ve made several new projects to decorate my kitchen. If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you also know that I have a food blog, Amanda’s Cookin’, and that I love to cook and bake. Because of that, I have loads of different utensils. They were completely consuming my drawer space and getting harder and harder to find, so making these utensil holders just seemed to be a given.
Note: I used my Silhouette machine to create the letters and pictures for these, you could definitely print them out on regular copy paper, spray them with clear matte sealer, cut them out and Mod Podge them on.
I started with these plastic beanie baby boxes (which of course I washed out first, gross). My husband called me from work one day and asked me if I wanted a case of them that someone was getting rid of. Being the craft supply hoarder junkie that I am, I of course said yes!
I apologize that I don’t have step by step photos. My camera batteries choked on me in the middle of the project.
I gave them a quick spray with some primer to help the paint adhere to the plastic. Then I simply painted them with Vintage White acrylic paint. I ended up giving them a total of three coats, allowing them to dry an hour or so between coats. I did use a paintbrush and acrylic paint, you could also use spray paint for this.
If you have a Silhouette machine, you can use or edit the template – get it here. The font that I used was Lithos Pro, so you could recreate these in Word if you like. Here’s a PSD file with the clip art if you use Photoshop.
I printed the designs onto vinyl and added them to the containers, being sure they were all lined up with each other. Once I had attached the vinyl I sprayed them with two coats of acrylic sealer (matte finish), allowing them to dry between coats.
For the fabric liner, I simply cut strips of fabric from an old tablecloth and doubled them up using hot glue. Then I glued the doubled fabric to the outside, tucking the extra inside the containers. I added a simple piece of twine around the outside of the fabric and my utensil holders were complete!
I love the way they turned out. I hope that you like them too! They have been a great way to free up some drawer space and keep all my different utensils separate.
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