Turn an Old Knife Block into a DIY Crayon Holder

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Do you ever walk by something at the thrift store and your brain says, “Whooooa, hold up–I can make something with THAT!!”

Well, that’s what happened when I stopped by the thrift store one day. I was walking past this section of knife blocks and inspiration hit. I’ve got a great idea for a DIY knife block! I can’t even say what that inspiration was.  I just saw all that wood sitting there and I started salivating. I just knew I was supposed to buy one. And boy am I glad I did!



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….Because now one of those old knife blocks is a DIY knife block that holds crayons for my kids!


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Materials List – DIY Knife Block

The good news is that the things you need for this project don’t cost much dinero. You may even have most of it lying around!

  • Old knife block – Find one for about $2.00 – $3.00 at the thrift store, but you can also buy an empty one from Amazon!
  • A power drill
  • 3/8 drill bit – Use the size drill bit for the thing you’re storing in your knife block. For crayons, the 3/8 bit works well.
  • Milk Paint – I used General Finishes Corinth Blue.
  • A few metal two-hole straps – About $1.50 or less.
  • Wood shims – $1.00 for a pack – Or any small, thin piece of scrap wood will work.
  • Screws – Use wood screws in the blue pack – About $2.00 or less (#10 x 3/4″).
  • Washi tape – Or you can use scrapbook paper and Mod Podge, or duct tape or anything sticky, really.
  • A couple small mini nails – To attach a wooden shim.
  • A small hammer


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DIY Knife Block Ideas: Why This Project is Easy, Easy, Easy

It’s hard sometimes when you read a blog, isn’t it? There are all these great projects, but many of them require you to have things you don’t own or can’t afford to buy, like circular saws and craft supplies out the ying yang. Plus, many of you have crappy thrift stores that offer hardly any good selection (I know!! **SOB SOB**). But this old knife block you could probably find somewhere in middle America in the worse thrift store on a little corner where no one visits :). Okay, I can’t guarantee that, but I highly doubt people are grabbing old knife blocks off the shelves of thrift stores like there is a knife block famine or something, so I bet you wouldn’t have any problem finding one to make this project! LOL

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Make a DIY Knife Block

Step 1: Paint and Drill

When drilling, you’ll want to map out where you want to place your holes. There are no rules here other than try to keep the drill straight. Because of the knife slats, the wood can chip easily if you drill too fast. Go slow. Use the tape on the drill as a stop marker so you can keep the holes uniformly deep. I think 2″ is about good.

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STEP 2: Cover Up Your Imperfections

….Aaaaaannnnd even when you take your time drilling, there’s always mess-ups. That’s why I added the washi tape. Putting strips of it around the holes helped to cover the knife slots and distract from the poor drilling job I did. LOL. You can use scrapbook paper and Mod Podge, or even duct tape or fabric pieces to cover up the areas in between instead, as other options.

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STEP 3: Add the Hardware

Keep a steady hand. You might want to pre-drill a little hole so that it helps it easier to get the screw in. Get creative! Add the hardware wherever your little heart desires. Here, I added one that would sit at an angle so the scissors would be angled, too.

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I put some on each side, and some on the back. I didn’t show you in this pic, but I added two more pieces of hardware at the bottom of these brush feet so that they wouldn’t slide around. I just forgot to snap of pic of it :). Forgive me!

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STEP 4: Add a Little Foot Rest

Yep, those paint brushes back there need a little foot rest to keep them from falling out. Or if you’re holding some markers or pencils back there, they will fall out without a ledge to stop them. That’s where the wood shim comes into place. Use a sharp pair of scissors or something and just score right through a thin piece of shim. Thankfully, most (if not all) knife blocks come with this little raised butt in back. LOL. It flips up and is just enough space to add a little wooden shim (you can even use an old paint stir from Home Depot). Then paint it to blend in with the rest of the crayon holder!

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STEP 5: Add the Awesome Crayons and Supplies

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More Uses – DIY Knife Block Ideas

Here are some other ideas for things to hold in your DIY knife block:

  • Markers
  • Knitting needles
  • Crochet hooks
  • Add skewers and hold spools of thread
  • Colored pencils
  • Makeup brushes

My kids loved how it turned out!

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Hey there, I'm Serena, a 38-year-old working mom of 3 young boys who can't get enough DIY! If you actually made it to the bottom of this post to read this, it means you're really enjoy my blog. That means SO much. If I can inspire just one person through my passion and energy for DIY, then I'm fulfilling my life's purpose. Thanks for joining me, and I hope you'll subscribe so we can keep in touch! ~Serena

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  1. Maxine Warner-Rasheed says:

    Hi Serena, My name is Maxine from Upstate NY and I just wanted to let you know that I DID Finish the Whole Video (smile) and It was Very Inspiring. I’m Not Sure WHAT Yr. you posted the vid. (I heard you mention 2015 as being your Goal Yr), but it is 2016 NOW, so I Hope you were Able to Reach That Goal……..Many Blessings to You on Your Endeavor and Keep Doing What You Do…..I LOVE Your Work (smile, Again).

    Much Love, Maxine

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