This is a great project if you do a lot of outdoor entertaining or your kids have school supplies in need of organizing. This DIY Cutlery Holder is a great way to recycle old tin cans into something super useful that looks awesome. Fill the cans with forks, knives and spoons for a family BBQ or use them to hold school supplies (like scissors, pencils, pens and crayons).
- 6 tin cans with labels removed
- Enamel paint
- 1 large nail
- 1 small nail
- 3/4" screws
- leather strap
- 1" thick timber
- metal file
- 2 blocks of wood
- Wash and dry your tins cans. Make sure to remove any labels.
- File down the rough edges of the inside of the cans (you don't want to cut yourself on any sharp edges!).
- Paint the tins in your choice of color(s). Let dry.
- Paint your piece of wood timber the same color as the cans. Allow for paint to dry.
- Puncture 3 tins with a nail about 1" down from the top and the other 3 about 1 1/4" 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. Make sure 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.