Kitchen Craft Ideas

Cyndee Kromminga
Kitchen Crafts

Freshen your kitchen with a few crafts that accent and provide functionality. Use recycled and repurposed items you already have to make these quick and easy projects that are no-cost or low-cost.

Vintage Bakery Sign

A basic vintage sign in your kitchen will create farmhouse charm when painted in black and white. If desired, simply change the paint colors to coordinate with existing room colors.

Things You Will Need

To make this sign, you will need the following items.

  • 1 x 6 scrap wood
  • Measuring tape
  • Jigsaw or chop saw
  • White flat acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 5" letter stencils
  • Masking tape
  • Stencil brush
  • Black flat acrylic paint
  • 1" sawtooth hangers (2)
  • Hammer

What To Do

To make the sign:

  1. Cut a scrap 1x6 board 23 inches long using a jigsaw or chop saw.
  2. Determine which side will be the front of your sign. Dry brush the front and side edges using white flat acrylic paint.
  3. Tape 5-inch letter stencils together to spell out the word "BAKERY".
    Tape the letter stencils together.
    Tape the letter stencils together.
  4. Center the taped word stencil on the front of your painted board. Using a stencil brush and black flat acrylic paint, stencil the word onto the board. Allow the paint to dry.
  5. Turn the sign over with the back facing up. Attach 1-inch sawtooth hangers to each upper corner.

Vinyl Record Napkin Holder

Grandma will love the retro appeal of this napkin holder. From start to finish, this project can be completed in less than an hour, not including drying time.

Vinyl Record Napkin Holder
Vinyl Record Napkin Holder

Things You Will Need

Gather the following:

  • 78 rpm vinyl record
  • Baking pan
  • Oven
  • Potholders
  • Food box with 2-inch depth
  • Flat acrylic paint-base color and white
  • Paintbrush
  • 5-inch decorative stencil
  • Stencil brush

What To Do

Complete the following steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay a 78 rpm vinyl record on a baking pan. Place the baking pan in the preheated oven. Allow the record to heat for three minutes.
  2. Stand a food box with a 2-inch depth on its side. Note: The box used for this project was a rice box, but a small cereal box would also work. Remove the pan from the oven. Using potholders, lift the hot album and place it over the box. Working quickly (before it cools), center the album over the box and allow it to slump naturally. Remove the record when cool. Your record now has a napkin holder shape.
    Form the napkin holder shape.
    Form the napkin holder shape.
  3. Using a base color of your choice, dry brush the inside and outside of the napkin holder. Allow the paint to dry. Dry brush white paint over the base color. Allow the paint to dry.
  4. Lay the napkin holder on its side. Arrange a decorative stencil on the holder's side. Using the base color and a stencil brush, apply the stencil to the holder. Allow the paint to dry. Repeat on the opposite side of the napkin holder.

2x4 Candlesticks

Don't throw out those tiny scraps of 2x4! Those humble wood scraps will make beautiful, shabby chic candleholders.

2x4 Candlesticks
2x4 Candlesticks

Things You Will Need

Gather the following materials:

  • 2x4 scrap wood
  • Measuring tape
  • Jigsaw or chop saw
  • Sandpaper
  • White flat acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood glue
  • Drill and 3/4-inch bit
  • 10-inch white taper candles-two

What To Do

Complete the following steps:

  1. Measure and cut five 3 1/2-inch lengths from scrap 2x4s for each candlestick. Note: 2x4s are actually 1 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch. Each cut piece will be 3 1/2 inches square.
  2. Paint all sides of each wood square using white flat acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry.
  3. Sand all surfaces and edges of each painted square to distress and expose portions of the wood.
  4. Using a drill and a 3/4-inch bit, drill through the center of one square for each candlestick.
  5. Stack five wood squares, with the drilled square at the top. Turn every other square with the corners extending over the sides of the previous square. Apply wood glue between each wood square to secure. Allow the glue to dry.
  6. Insert a 10-inch white taper candle into each drilled hole.

Pot "Handle" Holder

There will be no more burnt fingers from hot metal skillet handles when you outfit your handles with a pot "handle" holder. Use a basic square potholder to create this clever snuggie that slips on over your skillet handle.

Pot Handle Holder
Pot "Handle" Holder

Things You Will Need

Gather the following:

  • Potholder
  • Seam ripper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 1-inch wide, single-fold bias tape
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Optional-scrap fabric for applique

What To Do

Complete the following steps:

  1. Using a seam ripper, remove the binding around the edges of a square potholder.
  2. Cut two 3 1/4-inch by 6-inch rectangles from the potholder. Round the corners on one short end of one rectangle. Use this rectangle as a pattern to cut the corners on one short end of the other rectangle.
    Cut rectangles from a potholder.
    Cut rectangles from a potholder.
  3. Optional Step: If adding an applique, do so now. Cut any simple shape from a fabric of your choice. Top stitch around the edges of the shape to attach.
  4. Choose which side of the rectangles will be the front. Turn one rectangle with the back facing up. Lay the edge of 1-inch wide, single-fold bias tape along the straight short end and pin. Sew the pinned edge along the crease line of the bias tape. Fold the tape to the front of the rectangle and press with an iron. Top stitch the edge of the tape to the front. The bound edge is the top of the pot handle holder. Repeat with the remaining rectangle. Trim the ends of the tape even with the edges of the rectangles.
  5. Place the two rectangles together with the backs facing each other. Align the edges and the curves. If an applique has been added to one side of the rectangles, this will be the front of the holder. Attach the bias tape to the sides and bottom in the same way as the top edges. Leave 1/2 inch of tape extended from the beginning and the end.
  6. Fold and press the ends back on themselves. Fold the tape to the front of the holder pocket in the same way as the top edges. Top stitch the edges of the tape to the front.

Make Multiples

Each of these kitchen crafts can be completed quickly, with minimal supplies and expertise. Make a few extras to have on hand for last-minute gifts or new craft show offerings. Don't forget the new neighbors who moved into the house down the street, or the young adult who just moved into her new apartment. Any or all of these projects will be a much appreciated gift.

Kitchen Craft Ideas