At stylish Eve we like this type of project and for one very good reason. This is just perfect if you have a color-coordinated kitchen. You can choose any color you want for this clever and practical cutlery holder to ensure it fits in perfectly with your current kitchen color scheme. The other thing we also like about this project is that it has a strong element of recycling materials in it. We came across this great idea on Madame Creativa’s website, and it seems that green doesn’t just apply to the color of the cutlery holder! We are all for simple and effective DIY projects at Stylish Eve, but occasionally we like to offer you something that requires a little extra practicality, though we aren’t talking anything major – just being handy with a screwdriver and file will be a plus! So what do you need? Well half a dozen empty tin cans, a metal file, a clamp and two blocks of wood. In addition you will want some enamel paint, a paintbrush, a large nail and small one, some ¾” screws and a leather strap or metal cupboard handle. Finally you will need a screwdriver, small hammer, and a piece of measured 1” thick timber.
Start off by thoroughly washing out and drying the 6 tins. Firstly file down the rough internal edges of the tin to make sure there is nothing sharp remaining. Place three tins together in a row and then place a piece of timber behind which is about 1” higher than the tins. Just ask your hardware store for a piece of timber of the dimensions you need. Paint the tins with a metal-appropriate paint, such as an enamel one. Paint the timber the same color as the tins and allow the paint to dry. Then clamp two bits of wood to a table – one bit underneath and the other on top to protect the table itself. Puncture 3 of the tins with a nail about 1” down from the top and the other 3 about 1¼” from the top. Place a tin at one edge of the painted wood and mark a spot through the puncture hole with a pen. Place the small nail on the mark made by the pen and tap with a hammer to make a hole about ¼” deep. Then screw the tin in place. Repeat the process for all 5 remaining tins, ensuring that the puncture hole in the tin on the opposite side of the timber is at a different height. Finally attach the leather strap or handle to the top of the block of timber. You’re done!