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Upcycled Utensil Caddy

August 19, 2014
Upcycled Tin Can Utensil Caddy | View From The Fridge

Well, hello there!  It seems like forever since I’ve posted a project on here.  That’s probably because it has been forever.  The end of Summer has us super busy, I have been working on another big project that just wrapped up yesterday (unrelated to the blog), and we’ve been painting lots our our walls and trim ….. white.  Putting white paint on the walls just didn’t seem like a topic worthy of a post (and I’m sure you agree).  Maybe the before and after pictures when we’re done, but the long, tedious process … not so much!  Excuses, excuses … I know.

I AM excited about two things, though, this week.

The first is the ‘All American BBQ’ that is scheduled for bright and early tomorrow.  Basically, we’ve compiled of a bunch of BBQ recipes, drink ideas, crafts, and activity ideas for your later Summer BBQ’s.  It’s potluck, and there are a bunch of bloggers each bringing something to share.

Since ya’ll know cooking and food ideas are not my strong suit (I’m working on it, though), I’m sharing a fun Utensil Caddy you could easily whip up for your next party or BBQ.

Here it is …

Upcycled Tin Can Utensil Caddy  |  View From The Fridge

I was going for the antique-y look.  Or maybe that shabby chic look?

Basically … these guys started out as good ol’ tin cans (beans or tomatoes, I’m sure):

Upcycled Tin Can Utensil Caddy  |  View From The Fridge

 

I simply added a couple coats of white chalk paint (the Americana Decor kind from Michael’s), distressed the cans with a little sandpaper, and applied a wax over the top.

wax

 

My favorite part about his caddy is the little labels.  I made these with scraps of white canvas fabric cut in rectangles, letter stamps, and a black stamp pad.

supplies

 

It’s pretty self explanatory from here …

  • Stamp out the words;  SPOONS, FORKS, KNIVES
  • Cut a hole and trim the canvas to look like a tag.
  • Tie to the can with some Rafia (Baker’s Twine would also be cute)!

Upcycled Tin Can Utensil Caddy  |  View From The Fridge

 

That’s it!

And … if they look familiar, that’s because they made an appearance last month in a post I shared on The Thinking Closet.  That post was all about this fun Nautical Inspired Upcycled Serving Tray and Coasters:

tin-cans-outside

 

The serving set was made from a cake pan and hardware store rope.  The coasters were made from that same rope and a little felt.  Click here to read more about those projects.  And now … the utencil caddy was made of reused tin cans!  We were very thrifty …

SO …. stop back tomorrow morning for the party!  It will be full of fun recipes, crafts, kids crafts, and drink ideas!

And just in case you are looking for some other fun ideas for your patio table, check out these:

Reversible Table Runner (with removable Poms):

Reversible Table Runner with REMOVABLE Poms! | View From The Fridge

Upcycled Tin Can Cork Vases:

Painted Tin Can Cork Vases | View From The Fridge

AND … that second thing I was excited about?  We’re kicking off a new series on Monday called, Kids in The Kitchen!

kids-in-the-kitchen

Basically, I joined this series because I want (and need) to get my boys more involved in the kitchen.  They love to help.  They love to watch me cook (or more often, watch Matt cook).  I want boys that can feed themselves when they leave for college (or better yet, boys that want to cook dinner once every now and then for US when they are a bit older).  I want boys that know how to make healthy food choice.

These other lovely ladies are joining in on the fun:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy

 

It kicks off next Monday, and here’s the schedule:

8/25: What’s for breakfast?

9/1: Let’s do Lunch!

9/8: Dinnertime!

9/15: Delicious Desserts.

9/22: Snack Attack!

9/29: Kid Creations…(Let your kids come up with a recipe! Fail or Success, it will be fun!)

We’ll also be providing a link up if you’d like to join along in the fun.  Link up your ideas to get the kids involved in the kitchen.  Share your kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack ideas!  We’d love to see what has worked for you!

 

Okay … thanks for stopping by!  I have new motivation to get some projects done around here, so hopefully I’ll have some more to share shortly!

k-sign

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply Megan Walker August 19, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Love the cute labels! I think that’s my favorite part too.
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    • Reply Katie August 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks, Megan!!! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet August 19, 2014 at 10:32 am

    These are SO adorable, Katie! Everything from the distressed paint on the cans to those shabby chic labels. You hit the nail on the head with this entire project (and I’m only slightly biased because of your amazing guest post). Hugs!

    • Reply Katie August 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      You’re too sweet, Lauren! I was absolutely honored to guest post on The Thinking Closet!!! Thanks again for the opportunity!!

  • Reply ang August 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I love all your tin can ideas – you’re so clever!
    Pinning!!
    ang

    • Reply Katie August 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks, lady!! Hope you’re having a better week!

  • Reply Melinda @Home.Made.Interest August 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Katie, love the the utensil caddy! Upcycling is always my favorite. The table runner is beautiful.
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  • Reply Sonya~At Home with The Barkers August 23, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Love the utensil caddy!! Such a cute idea. Have a great weekend ~Sonya
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    • Reply Katie August 23, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Thanks do much, Sonia!! Hope your weekend is great, too !!

      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Tara @ Anything & Everything August 23, 2014 at 11:29 am

    These are adorable, Katie! I love your table runner as well! Have a great weekend!
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  • Reply GlamistaHome August 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I love this idea! Since I have a little get together next weekend, I will make sure to do something like this for the utensils. Thank you for sharing. .
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    • Reply Katie August 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it … and might find it useful! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      XO,
      Katie

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