We can't leave our knives in the bank of drawers in our kitchen any longer. Our little toddler can get anything out of those drawers, safety latch or not! Nothing like being hit in the head with the end of a turkey baster when you least expect it. He um...likes to throw things. Lol.
The knives all migrated to the back of the counter, behind the toaster. Classy, I know! But with his long reach, we were running out of places to hide them.
Time to get creative and make a knife block! Well... sort of. I had this pretty and simple vase to use as the exterior of the knife block. I wanted it to look a little nicer then a typical block.
Dollar store time! I picked up a whole bunch of broom heads in this pretty blue colour. Six to be exact. I think corn brooms would be fun too but the knife block would cost a lot more to make that way.
Using snips (I actually used metal snips, but sharp scissors with a one piece metal handle and blade construction would work... plastic handled scissors will break), I snipped off all the bristles and kept them all the same direction. See how the bottom of the broom the bristles are frayed? I made sure to keep all of those ends together.
I put them all in my vase with the frayed side down. Once I had enough bristles to make it really dense (I used six broom heads), I removed the bristles, flooded the bottom of the container with an appropriate adhesive and put the bristles back in, making sure they were all pushed down.
I set the vase aside to let the adhesive dry. I left it for days to be sure. After all, the bristles are very dense and make it difficult for the glue to setup since it's not getting a lot of air. So dry time will depend on the adhesive used and how dense the bristles are.
Once I was sure it was completely dry, I trimmed the ends of the bristles with my snips again. This took some time and patience. I also did it outside on the patio so it would be easy to sweep up. Those little bits flew all over the place lol.
I love how it turned out! I'm not going to fool you, it was a lot of work cutting all of those bristles! But I like that I can use it for a wide variety of cutting tools and it looks pretty!