DIY Utensil Organizer

Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
Hi, guys. LaTonya here! Apartment living in New York City is just like everyone describes—tight, challenging, and wonderful all at the same time. You’ve got to learn how to dream and plan beyond what’s right in front of you—no matter how hard that may seem. 😉 Truthfully, I’m really inspired by living in a small space.
Our kitchen is small. Actually, it’s tiny, so we needed help in all forms of organization and storage. Because we have small kids, things like kid-friendly forks and spoons also had to be considered when developing this wooden utensil organizer. We love how incredibly easy and inexpensive it was to make this. (Our vintage box was $10 at our local flea market.) And of course, that wonderful feeling of reusing something old and making it useful, new, and pretty makes me feel amazing. 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
-vintage wood box—7 1/2″ x 12″ (It does not have to be vintage, but most “milk” boxes like this one
-wooden dowel
-two pieces of wood to be used as dividers (You can have as many dividers as you would like. We used two pieces, which created three sections. The size of the wood pieces depends on your wooden box.)
-copper pipe brackets with 8″ extension
-L brackets (optional, to help stabilize wooden dividers)
-shelf liner
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
Step One: 
Clean out and paint your wooden box. Because it’s older wood, I noticed it needed a few more coats than usual. In the end, I used three. I also did some retouches on the finished product as well. When painting over wood, I highly suggest you avoid white, or colors that are super light, unless you want to give it a more distressed look.
  Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial) Step Two:
Once the paint is all dry, it’s time to line the inside of your box. I measured my liner a little larger than the actual space, just to make sure it covered completely. I find it much easier to cut around the edges once the liner is laid all the way down. We chose a simple white liner, but I think it would’ve looked even better with some sort of floral design. 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial) Step Three:
Paint the pieces of wood that will be used as dividers. Once they’re dry, place them inside your box creating a T. When you position them like that, you’ll get three separate sections. You can use your L brackets to help the pieces stay stable. (Our wooden dividers were very stable without the brackets.)
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
Step Four: 
Now it’s time to screw in your copper pipe brackets. You want your brackets to be as centered as possible because this is where your handle will be. I suggest marking it with a black marker prior to drilling.
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial) Step Five:
Insert your wooden dowel inside your two brackets, creating a handle. You’ll need to use your drill to screw in the top screws of the L brackets to secure the handle in place. 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
To help organize each section, we used mostly old Mason jars we purchased from our local flea. They cost us about a dollar or two a piece. Alternatively, you could purchase some small fabric baskets to put inside each divider to hold the utensils. Though, I am partial to the Mason jars. 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial) Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
I already have plans to carry this along on a few local picnic dates. I can see it working just as fantastically for organizing party utensils, crafts, and even plants in the garden! All of this is what really sold Peter and me on making it. If we happen to move to a home with a larger kitchen and no longer need it, we can always put it to work in another way. Lastly, this is completely portable and lightweight! I easily carried it by the handle around the house and outside to our backyard. I hope this helps bring a little more ease into your small space. xo. LaTonya
Credits // Author: LaTonya Staubs, Photograph: Peter Staubs. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
  • This is awesome!! I have no drawers in my place so this is perfect 🙂 !

    Thanks LaTonya !

  • I love this tutorial! It would be such a great thing to have for parties or cookouts, but it would also just look really cute on the table! Thanks for sharing!


  • What is the name of this color?? I love it! It looks like a Greek Island blue!!!!

  • Wowww….it looks so amazing!!!

    What do you think about this Video?

  • LOVE this DIY and straight away I am pinning to my Camping Board. I can see this looking so cute when we set up our camp fire to cook dinner with all the utensils ready in one handy spot.


  • So cute! Would love this for my herbs and spices! xx

  • So cute! Would love this for my herbs and spices! xx

  • What a great idea! I can totally see its potentials for storing other things like art supplies, toiletries and even act as an herb garden!

    Juju Sprinkles

  • I love the look of this! so cool!

    X Malena

  • Love this DIY…blue and copper look so good together..


  • LaTonya, this is super cute! I love the colors and I can see how this could even work in a classroom setting. It could be a great way for my preschoolers to organize their things and prep them for cleaning.

    Thank you!

  • This would be so perfect and fun to have outside for summer BBQs!


  • This is so awesome! If only I had a bigger kitchen I’d make it to display as an accent piece

  • This is genius for a small space and super cute! 🙂


  • What a great idea! You guys make DIY’s so simple.

  • Nice color choice! Seems like such a quick fix.


  • LOVE this post! You make it look so easy. And it’s adorable!

  • Really nice, easy project. It would be perfect for my kitchen!

  • This is such a cute idea! I love the hardware on the handle. It gives it something special instead of being all wood.

  • This is such a cute idea – just in time for summer!

  • Thanks for this, super handy!

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