50+ Crafty & Clever Projects For Your Kitchen

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Here are lots of crafty goodies and gadgets you can make for your kitchen, many are useful for organizing while others can be made to make things a little more pretty. Enjoy!

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ashleyannphotography.com

Retro Kitchen Shadow Box:
What a charming retro kitchen display piece, and easy to make too!

DIY Magnetic Knife Rack:
The trick is to cover a knife rack with your choice of fabric to match your kitchen decor.

thefarmchicks.typepad.com

thefarmchicks.typepad.com

missmustardseed.blogspot.com

missmustardseed.blogspot.com

Gorgeous Glass Canisters Tutorial:
Turn ordinary glass canisters into something special with this crafty project.

Etched Glass Pantry Jars:
Store pantry staples in these nifty jars labeled with etching cream.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

countryhome.com

countryhome.com

Hanging Kitchen Storage: Spray paint vintage tins, attach small chains and hang with an “S” hook for this handy storage project.

DIY Oil & Vinegar Bottles:
Rebottle and label cooking oils and vinegars for a charming kitchen display.

designspongeonline.com

designspongeonline.com

howaboutorange.blogspot.com

howaboutorange.blogspot.com

Mid-Century Clock Magnets:
Save those bottle caps for this crafty project, clock designs available via free pdf download.

KitchenAid Makeover: Banged up KitchenAid hiding in the corner? Try this creative project for making it lovely again.

youcraftmeup.blogspot.com

youcraftmeup.blogspot.com

flythroughourwindow.com

flythroughourwindow.com

Dish Mat Tutorial (pdf):
Tired of looking at that rubber or plastic dish drainer? This is the project for you!

Kitchen Canister Decals:
Retro-style decals via free pdf download…tutorial available for applying them to canisters.

justsomethingimade.com

justsomethingimade.com

kojodesigns.blogspot.com

kojodesigns.blogspot.com

Kitchen Tea Wreath:
Here’s a colorful way to organize & display your favorite teas.

BBQ Menu Board:
Paint a wood board with chalkboard paint, modge podge some scrapbook paper and you have a fun menu board.

blessedlittlenest.com

blessedlittlenest.com

larkcrafts.com

larkcrafts.com

Coffee Bag Basket Liner: One 28 x 44-inch coffee bag will make two liners.

Coffee Bag Rug: With a bit of clever cutting, thread pulling and finishing off the edges (with a serger), the bag is transformed into a lovely kitchen rug.

maidenjane.blogspot.com

maidenjane.blogspot.com

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heatherbullard.typepad.com

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser: Take an ordinary mason jar & add a pump dispenser to make this charmer.

Vintage Bottle Soap Dispenser: Fit an olive oil dispenser into a pretty vintage bottle & fill with liquid dish soap.

diylife.com

diylife.com

handmademommy.blogspot.com

handmademommy.blogspot.com

Quilted Cannister Sleeves: Use pretty fabric scraps to make the sleeves, labels are made using your printer and printable fabric.

Reversible Toaster Covers: With a pretty print on the outside and flannel on the inside, your toaster will be nice ‘n cozy on the counter.

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sewmamasew.com

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chrisdiclerico.com

DIY Knife Block:
Either make or buy a wood box, stuff it full with bamboo skewers and voila! a handy knife holder.

Tea Towel Kitchen Rug:
Turn a pretty tea towel into a lovely kitchen mat.

madewithlovebyhannah.com

madewithlovebyhannah.com

alilbird.blogspot.com

alilbird.blogspot.com

Cookbook Holder Tutorial: Transform a cheap wooden card holder with decorative paper and mod podge to make this handy cookbook holder.

Recipe Card Holder: Made with a jumbo paper clip, wooden nickel, candlestick and base.

lifessweeterwithchocolate.blogspot.com

lifessweeterwithchocolate.blogspot.com

bhg.com

bhg.com

Kitchen Utensil Holder: Made with rolled magazine pages, a metal or cardboard can, wooden balls and a bit of paint.

Vintage Fork Napkin Rings: You’ll need old forks, a metal stamp set, a vise, a piece of galvanized pipe and vise grips for this project.

brooklynlimestone.com

brooklynlimestone.com

johnnyinadress.com

johnnyinadress.com

Colorful Knife Block: Paint and sand a plain wooden block, add a monogram to personalize.

Retro Soap Bottle Apron: Anyone remember these cuties? Can be made for both large or small soap bottles. Free pdf pattern download.

hostessblog.com

hostessblog.com

niftythriftythings.blogspot.com

niftythriftythings.blogspot.com

Pretty Fabric Bread Basket: Easy project made with pretty fabric prints, fusible batting and crochet lace.

Little Acorns Recipe Book Page Holder: Acorns top wooden candle cups and wooden clothespins then decorated with fabric, ribbon and lace.

sweettidings.blogspot.com

sweettidings.blogspot.com

gingercake.typepad.com

gingercake.typepad.com

Dinner Roll Holder: Made with two pieces of cotton fabric, small snaps or ribbon and coordinating thread. Tutorial available via free pdf download.

Bread Buddy: Make a fabric bread bag for toting home loaves of bread (smoosh-free) from the grocery store.

modabakeshop.com

modabakeshop.com

madiganmade.com

madiganmade.com

DIY Dry Erase Placecards/Table Signs: Made by cutting doily shapes from black vinyl then attaching to pieces of counter tile edging. Names/labels written with dry erase marker.

Recipe Stand & Cards: A clever folder and stand that is made with chipboard covered with decorative scrapbook papers, includes templates for recipe cards.

theprojectgirl.com

theprojectgirl.com

donation2decor.com

donation2decor.com

Plinth Block Towel Hooks: Old silver plate forks and spoons are mounted on salvaged pine plinth blocks.

Redneck Wine Glasses: Ha! These are made with mason jars attached to glass candlesticks with epoxy glue.

kraftingwithk.blogspot.com

kraftingwithk.blogspot.com

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instructables.com

The Book Apron: Protect cookbook pages with this project made with clear plastic, ribbon and rick rack.

Embellish A Cookbook: Add a pencil holder, ribbon bookmark and an envelope on the inside cover.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

fredashive.blogspot.com

fredashive.blogspot.com

Waffle Dish Cloths: Cut waffle cloth into squares then trim with pretty fabric prints.

Easy Bread Basket: A large fabric napkin or dish towel is folded and stitched to make this cozy little holder for buns & rolls.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

theautocrathaley.blogspot.com

theautocrathaley.blogspot.com

Diva Rubber Gloves: Basic instructions for adding a pretty fabric ruffle along the edge of rubber gloves.

Cloth Bread Bag: A simple drawstring bag is sewn (using two kitchen towels) then “Bread” is painted on top (pdf template provided).

momtastic.com

momtastic.com

houseofearnest.com

houseofearnest.com

Faux-Enamel Handle Wooden Utensils: Oh I like these! All you need is some craft paint and a high gloss food safe shellac to make them.

Cross-Stitch Basket Cloth: A fun summer design with watermelon slices around the border, made with 14-count cloth. Free pattern and color key download.

countrywomanmagazine.com

countrywomanmagazine.com

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housetohome.co.uk

Cafetiere Cover: Sew a cozy for a french press or press pot using a pretty fabric print and lined with cotton fabric (buttons & loops for wrapping).

Wooden Cutting Board Transfers: Make a nice decorative piece for your kitchen using a design of choice, wax paper, a credit card and your printer.

unexpectedelegance.com

unexpectedelegance.com

freshhomeideas.com

freshhomeideas.com

How To Make A Wood Cutting Board: Made with Ipe or hard maple, includes a template or make it in whatever character/shape you like.

Chair Toppers: Protect walls from wooden chair backs with these simple to make covers.

crochet-with-cris.blogspot.ca

crochet-with-cris.blogspot.ca

radicalpossibility.com

radicalpossibility.com

DIY Confetti Tumblers: An Anthropoligies knockoff made with thrift store glasses and acrylic paint.

Salt & Pepper Shakers: Learn how easy it is to recycle cute jam jars into salt & pepper shakers.

sweetpaul.typepad.com

sweetpaul.typepad.com

onceuponbaby.blogspot.ca

onceuponbaby.blogspot.ca

Wet Bag: Ideal for storing the daily used cloth napkins, towels and dishcloths until they can be laundered or tossed in the hamper, this hangs from the oven door handle.

Bread Cloth: A cloth ideal for using to cover dough while it’s rising, it’s weighted in corners with a coin.

zeahrenaissance.blogspot.ca

zeahrenaissance.blogspot.ca

missabigailshopechest.blogspot.ca

missabigailshopechest.blogspot.ca

Wood Burned Spoons: Nice and easy bridal shower gift idea, you’ll need a wood burning tool to make these.

Bowl Covers: Made with oilcloth and can be used to replace plastic wrap or to keep dust out of mixing bowls.

myittybittyquilts.blogspot.ca

myittybittyquilts.blogspot.ca

elsiemarley.com

elsiemarley.com

Utensil Tin Can Cover: Make a cute linen cover for a tin can (utensil holder), includes free needlework designs to download (pdf).

Utensil Organizers: Cheap Dollar Store plastic bins are spray painted white and trimmed with strips of fabric (held in place with hot glue).

loveseweetlove.blogspot.ca

loveseweetlove.blogspot.ca

beeinourbonnet.com

beeinourbonnet.com

Drink Coaster Tray: Here’s a neat way to keep track of everyone’s drinking glasses for the day.

Hand Woven Tea Cups: (scroll down page for directions) How sweet would these be for holding packets of tea and specialty coffees!

handwovenlife.blogspot.ca

handwovenlife.blogspot.ca

sewwoodsy.com

sewwoodsy.com

Washi Tape Knife Block: Jazz up a boring wooden knife block with a few strips of washi tape in complementary colors.

Ruffled Dish Drainer Quilt (pdf): Recommends using low-loft batting so glasses won’t tip over. From maryjanesfarm.org.

maryjanesfarm.org

maryjanesfarm.org

cally-cruze.blogspot.com

cally-cruze.blogspot.com

Favorite Recipe Utensil Crock:
You’ll need a smooth crock in a solid color for this to work best, a little paint and a steady hand.

Casserole Tray: Nice job! Supplies needed are 1×4″ furring strips, wood glue, finish nails, wood stain and handles.

shanty-2-chic.com

shanty-2-chic.com

A Shelf Of Bright Plates – Vintage Idea

This article is from the Kitchen-Klatter Magazine, August, 1952

A SHELF OF BRIGHT PLATES
By Alice Hoey Shaffer

When my new house was being built, I had the carpenter put a narrow shelf over the low window above the kitchen sink, with a skirt board below to protect the curtains.

A few days after I had moved in, the building contractor came to the house to finish some small job, and noticed my row of bright-colored plates standing on the window shelf.

“Would you like me to put a plate-rail there?” he asked, “those plates would be safer that way.”

I told him they were safe enough, since they were only paper plates, and he could hardly believe me.

I had taken large, smooth-finished, picnic paper plates, and painted each one a different brilliant color with show-card paint, and later varnished them. They look very bright and colorful, and have earned a great many compliments.

But what most of my friends do not know is that on the back of each plate I have copied a favorite recipe; and I know at a glance, for instance, that on the back of the green plate is a recipe for green apple pie, the gold one has a gold cake recipe, etc. So they are useful as well as supplying a very cheerful note to the kitchen.

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Published: November 19, 2010
Updated: November 7, 2012

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9 Comments to “50+ Crafty & Clever Projects For Your Kitchen”
  1. Angela says:

    What a great collection of projects! I see several I would like to do and will probably start with the etched jars. Thanks!

  2. Maria says:

    I just wanted to thank you for publishing my post on my KitchenAid Makeover. I still receive hundreds of hits a day on it- thanks to you! I didn’t even know it was on here till a reader commented she found me through you. That day I had thousands of hits (that had never happened before and I had no idea what was going on! :)) So thank you thank you!!!

  3. maggi says:

    what a great collection of projects. there are several im going to do for myself. thanks so much for this.

  4. Deb says:

    An injury to my arm stiffened my fingers. My therapist suggested I try to crochet something because the actions are small and will flex the fingers. I was looking for something easy and the covers for the chair-backs seems to be just what I need. I will be able to make something useful and help my fingers too! Thanks for the great idea.

  5. Patty says:

    I am thrilled to see my daughter’s wet bag tutorial listed here. Way to go, girl!

  6. Barbara Shine says:

    Re: Vintage Fork Napkin Rings: A cute project, though you might want to alter the description to change “vice” to “vise” in the two places it appears. After all, you don’t want folks to try working with tools while in the grips of an alcohol or gambling binge.

    Regardless of verbal errors, I love the site and look forward to the new tips and crafts each week. it’s the first place I’ve ever seen troubleshooting for my old KitchenAid stand mixer!

    Thanks, TipNut

  7. PattyP says:

    Thanks for all the fantastic ideas!

  8. katie says:

    thanks for featuring my washi tape knife block!


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