Make This Cutlery Caddy From Recycled Tins and Pallet Wood – Great Home Decor Hack!

From humble pallet wood and tin cans look what you can create!

What I love about this cutlery caddy and I think you will too, is that you can change the colour of the tins and wood to match your kitchen.  This will make a quirky addition to your kitchen counter and it’s also great to take outside for those summer barbecues. In this tutorial I’ll show you step by step how to make this fab cutlery caddy from recycled tins and pallet wood so lets get started….


cutlery holder

Materials you will need to make your cutlery caddy:

Caddy materials

4 x clean food tins (Not the pull top lids as they leave a sharp lip)
2 x pieces of pallet wood 7.5cm wide x 18cm Long 
1 x piece of wide Euro pallet wood 14cm wide x 26cm long
Rust-Oleum Spray Paint – Almond Cream.

Rustic Pine Briwax 
Jute string
Cream cotton string
2 x lolly sticks
Super glue
PVA glue
2 x 40mm 
4 x 20mm screws 
Sand paper
Tools you will need:                                                                                                           
Hole saw cutter

Caddy1How to make this great cutlery caddy.

First cut your pieces of pallet wood to the lengths above. Then mark a pencil line exactly down the centre of the wide piece of Euro pallet wood from top to bottom. Next you need to draw one side of your curved handle starting from the top centre line. This can be any shape you want.

Then cut along this line carefully making sure it is cut in one piece. Take the piece you have cut off, flip it over and use it to mark the other side of the handle.Once marked cut along the line with the jigsaw. 


Hole for caddy


Creating the handle hole.

Mark a small hole about 5cm from the top on the centre line you drew. Line up the centre drill bit in your hole saw cutter with the hole you have made and drill through the piece of wood.

Next sand all 3 pieces of wood.



Base of cutlery caddy

Assembling the base.

Put the 2 base pieces of pallet wood together against a straight edge.  Mark a line exactly half way along the length at 9cm. Then position your handle section on the line. When you place the handle on it you will have a gap at each side. You will be able to see your pencil line, position your handle so the pencil line runs through the middle. Where the handle meets the base wood mark each side with a pencil. Take the handle off and apply PVA along the channel you have marked but don’t go right the the edge just to where the handle will be. Press down firmly and allow to dry for a few hours.


cutlery holderTime to paint the tins and make the labels. While the glue is drying on your caddy handle you’ll have time to paint your tins and make the little wooden labels. To paint the tins you need to use a good quality paint that’s suitable for metal. I  used Rust-Oleum spray paint in Almond cream to compliment the string I have chosen. Rust-Oleum comes in a huge range of colours so you can paint the cans to match your kitchen. I sprayed the inside of the tins first with short light bursts until they were covered evenly. (I recommend painting the tins outside or in a well ventilated room) Then spray the outside of the tins.  Once the tins are dry you can start wrapping the string, PVA glue works fine to hold it in place.

caddy tags

Next make the wooden labels from the 2 lolly sticks.

Mark a line 4cm from each end of the lolly sticks. Then use a craft knife or stanley knife to cut along these lines. Lolly stick wood is very soft so fairly easy to cut. Once you have your 4 bits cut it’s time to shape the straight end of each tag so it matches the rounded end. Cut an angle with a pair of scissors as shown in the picture opposite and use sand paper to round the edges. Use a fine point permanent marker to write on the wooden labels. Cut 4 pieces of string 22cm long and attach them with super glue to the back of your wooden tags. Attach them to your caddy using super glue.


Cutlery caddy base2Finish the cutlery caddy handle. Once the glue has set turn your caddy upside down and put supports either side of the handle so you can press down when you are driving the screws in. Mark a line on the base that lines up with the centre of your waxed caddy handlehandle. Put a 40mm screw in both sections of the base. Now apply the wax stain to your caddy handle with a brush or cloth and polish. I used rustic pine Briwax which gives a great finish. 

finished cutlery caddyTime to assemble. 

Use the 4 x 20mm screws to attach your tins to the caddy handle. The metal is very thin and easy to screw through. Touch up the screw heads with a bit of your paint.

There you have it,  you’re done!  You are now the proud owner of a great looking cutlery caddy. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. To see another one of my pallet wood and tin creations check out my Beach themed candle holder. If you want to see my latest creative recycling ideas then please sign up for The Hackitts weekly newsletter


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