Today may be a normal Friday for many, but it also happens to be Lunar New Year, an annual festival celebrated by hundreds of millions of people around the world. One of the ancient traditions of Lunar New Year is to clean house, behind which lies the idea of saying goodbye to the past year and getting ready for the new. It is with this notion in mind that we created this dog utensil holder (oh yeah, it’s the Year of the Dog y’all) – a little caddy to help you sort through and store the numerous kitchen implements at home. Read on to find out how you can create your own!

What you’ll need:Materials to make a wooden dog-shaped utensil holder

  • Sheets of wood – smaller pieces of wood can be picked up in Toronto at Above Ground Art Supplies, or scrap wood may be used as long as they’re around the same thickness as the pieces mentioned below:
    • Two sheets of 1/8″ x 6″ x 12″ 5-ply plywood
    • One sheet of 1/2″ x 3″ x 24″ basswood (or a heavier wood if possible)
  • Scroll saw (not pictured) & protective eyewear
  • Sand paper – 220 & 120 grit
  • Wood planer
  • Wood glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Varnish
  • Dog face template


Step 1:

Pieces of cut out wood and a bottle of wood glue

Put on that protective eyewear, and carefully cut out the five pieces required with a scroll saw. Remember to follow all the safety guidelines that came with the scroll saw!

The 1/2″ sheet of basswood is used to make the bottom and the sides of the holder, while the plywood is used for the front and back of the holder. Refer to the diagram below for the measurements specific to the holder you see in this tutorial, but feel free to change the sizing depending on your own needs:

Year of the Dog Utensil Holder Guide


Step 2:

Sanding the outside of a wooden box with a piece of sandpaper and a wood planer

Sand down the edges of your wood cutouts, then apply wood glue to the seams to join them together into a box shape. To make the joins strong, make sure to apply a constant level of pressure to the wood pieces while the glue is still wet. A heavy book or plate is usually a good tool for this purpose.

Then when the glue is dry, wrap a sheet of 120 grit sandpaper around the wood planer, and smooth out the sides. Once all the edges have been sanded down, wrap the 220 grit sandpaper around the planer and go over everything again. This will give it a smoother finish.


Step 3:

Painting the outside of the wooden box with acrylic paintPainting the outside of the wooden box with acrylic paint

Time to get painting! We decided to make a pug-esque utensil holder, but there are so many different species of dogs out there, so get creative. 🙂 Apply a couple layers of acrylic paint to the holder, until the wood grain is covered. Then apply a couple layers of varnish once all the paint has dried – wait for a day or two to be safe.



White pug dog utensil holder with spatula and wooden spoons against a grey and white background

There you have it folks – a simple little holder to house all of your utensils. This tutorial can also be adapted to create custom pencil holders, or other tool caddies by adjusting the wood measurements. Feel free to send us pictures of your own custom dog utensil holder on Instagram @demetres, and make sure to check back soon for more DIYs, recipes and behind-the-scenes peeks 🙂

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