Zero Budget Project: Acrylic Utensil Holder

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Either I’m a utensil hoarder, or utensil holders are made much too small for the utensils required for making yummy food. I think it’s the latter. I dreamed up this idea while my sister-in-law was still in Utah, and she helped me on it. It just took 1/2 inch acrylic an acrylic heater bender thing, glue, a drill and some string.

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I found out that a local business sells acrylic for a reasonable price. For a 4′x8′ sheet of 1/2 inch acrylic, it was $140. I bought the whole sheet, intending to use most of it for coffee tables. Turns out 1/2 inch acrylic is a bit too thin for coffee tables. Lesson learned: research before buying. They also sell small scraps for cheap, this piece could easily be made out of one of those scraps. They also have black and white acrylic.

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The utensil holder is base-less, there really is no need for a base, since this rarely if ever gets moved (I’ve had this for 3 months and I’ve only moved it for the sake of this picture). The holder is 9 inches tall, 18 inches wide and 3 inches deep. It’s basically a 9″x42″ sheet of plastic that’s been bent, and the seam joined in the middle back. Bending it really easy when you have an acrylic heat bender, but if you don’t have one of those and are in a DIYing spirit you can make one of these.

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The problem that I ran into after I begun using it was since it was too wide, the utensils would fall to the bottom and make it nearly impossible to fish out. To remedy this, I drilled a few holes and thread some string from front to back creating little utensil sections. The white strings are hardly noticeable – Chris didn’t notice anyway.

I love having my utensils out of drawers and within arm’s reach of the stove top. And I also like that it’s pretty. I like having clean, pretty things in my home.

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    1. Summer says:

      Woah! That is seriously cool! And pretty please if you make an acrylic coffee table post the pictures! I love your ingenuity!

    2. phil says:

      remind me , where is your restaurant located ? ;-)

    3. Mayette says:

      this looks so good! I love this idea. you did such a great job–can’t wait to see what you would do for a coffee table!

    4. Lindsay says:

      I love this! It’s so much prettier than the ugly plastic holder I used to have on my counter (which I got rid of). Now my utensils are all smashed into drawers, which isn’t a good solution either.

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