I think we’ve all seen those large blocks of wood, with slits already cut into them, that sit on counter tops and hold knifes. The wooden blocks usually come with a set of knifes and each one has it’s own slot. If knives get misplaced or damaged those particular slots stand empty. Some people use the empty slots to store other knives but the other knives rarely match the set. And, the design of some other knives simply doesn’t allow the replacement knife to fit in the wooden block. All of that’s too much trouble, isn’t it? Why bother with expensive wooden blocks and purchasing new knife sets just because you’d like to have the block? Instead, make your own knife holder that will store any size knives you have.
If you use paper towels it won’t cost you a thing to make the basic knife holder. You can, however, make a more impressive version of the organizer by using cheap craft supplies or other things from around your home. Although the knife organizer you make won’t be a huge block of wood, and it goes in a drawer rather than on top of the counter, you’ll still love the design and how easy it is to make. In fact, it’s so simple to make that it literally only takes a minute to create the basic design.
An empty paper towel roll is all you need to make the initial design of the knife organizer. Just hold the cardboard tube steady and use a sharp knife to cut slits into it. Cut the slits so that they are all on the same side, are perfectly aligned, and are adequately spaced apart. If you want, you can cut a slit, place a knife in it, then cut the next slit. That way, you’ll always make sure you have enough space between each knife handle.
To make sure the cardboard tube doesn’t dent as you’re cutting the slits into it stuff it first with grocery bags, newspaper or similar items. Stand the tube on one end and begin stuffing it. Use a wooden spoon handle or similar item to pack the stuffing tightly into the tube. The stuffing will prevent the tube from caving as you slice it. After you’ve created the slits push the stuffing out through one end.
After you’ve created the slits all you have to do is position the knife blades in the slits. Place the sliced-up cardboard tube in a drawer, place a knife in each slit, and there you go! The handles of the knives, along with the slits in the paper towel roll, work together to hold the knives up while making it much safer to store knives in a drawer. Now, instead of accidentally stabbing or cutting a finger while digging through drawers for a particular knife, you can simply open the drawer and view all the knifes, aligned and protected.
You can make a slightly more impressive version of the knife storage by simply wrapping the empty paper towel roll with decorative paper. However, it’s important that you first coat the cardboard tube with glue. Thick paper, like scrapbook paper, works best but you can actually use most any paper. Options include wrapping paper, newspaper, a picture from a magazine or even tin foil. Cut the paper so that it is an inch or so longer, on each end, than the cardboard tube. Spread white glue all over the roll, wrap the paper around it, then tuck the excess paper into the ends of the cardboard tube. After the glue has dried you can then cut the slits into the paper towel roll.
There are still other ways to improve the look of the simplistic knife organizer. For example, after wrapping the tube you can glue painted wooden balls to the ends. This will cover the openings of the paper towel roll while giving the knife organizer a more finished look. To make the knife holder more substantial you can mount it to a base. The base can be a thin, rectangular piece of wood from a craft store or can just be a painted piece of cardboard. Wrap the cardboard in decorative paper or cloth for still another effect.
Things similar to cardboard tubes, like empty potato chip cans or rubber hoses, can also be used to do the project. Although you can set the finished knife storage on a counter top it’s perfect for organizing drawers while keeping fingers and hands safe from sharp blades. Cut skinny rectangles into the cardboard tubes, instead of slits, and you can make organizers for spoons, forks and other implements, too. Just think, you can have all new knife storage pieces for your kitchen in minutes – at no cost, whatsoever!