I don’t usually discuss my crafty side because well, I really don’t have one.
Don’t get me wrong, I try very hard to be crafty, but alas, I belong on one of those “pinterest fails” websites.
Lately, my DIY itch has involved a cheese grater. Yes, a cheese grater. I’m weird.
This is what I had in mind:
I’ve seen these all over the Internet lately and they look just weird enough for me.
The problem is, NOBODY has posted a DIY tutorial for this. I know, I know, you can just look at it and get a basic idea of what to do, but the question to me was: what is holding the cheese grater to the board? Did they hold the drill just right to screw screws at an angle through it? Did they thread wire or zip ties through the little holes in the back then drill two holes in the wood and just make the wires/zip ties THAT tight so it would hold? Nobody shared how they did this, so I’m going to. I’m sure in the next 24 hours I’ll have 15 people email me to let me know that they did a step-by-step DIY tutorial on this or they found one on xx site. Well, I hate to tell you this, but you might want to tweak your SEO because I’ve looked tirelessly for about a week and couldn’t find your site.
What you need:
1 Cheese Grater
1 Board–size depends on how much you want it to show around the grater, I’d use at least 1/2″ thick
6 1/2″ screws
Paint or Stain if desired
Jute String or ribbon (optional)
- Clean your cheese grater–nobody wants come over and see dirty food hanging on the wall!
- Find a board:
3. Paint or stain board if you wish:
Also, I didn’t think to snap pictures until about halfway through so my holes are already there.
4. Put holes in your cheese grater–no, little zip ties do NOT work. Don’t ask how I came to this conclusion. Just take my word for it. For this you could use a drill with a wide drill bit or if you have one a cropadile. Who knew.
If you don’t have one, I don’t know that a regular hole punch would work since this thing is “spiked”, but it might. I’d use a drill with a 1/4″ drill bit if you don’t have a cropadile.
5. Put the grater on the dried board and mark where the holes are:
6. Remove grater and drill pilot holes:
7. Screw grater to wood:
8. Decide how you want to attach it to your wall. You could either screw it straight into the wall/cabinet as it is (but I would use screws longer than 1/2″ to do so). I opted not to screw the board into my cabinet because my few years as a realtor makes me cringe when I see things screwed into anyone’s house. In my state, anything screwed in is now considered part of the house and when it comes time to sell…it goes to the buyer. If you do unscrew it and set it aside before showing the house, you’ve just created some nasty holes. The other option is to hang it from a nail. Here’s what you do:
9. On the back screw one of those 1/2″ screws about half way in, then tie a string, ribbon, chord, wire, etc, around the screw, then screw it the rest of the way down, making sure to screw the ribbon down with it. Repeat on other side.
10. Hang it up!
Now, I can hear the grumbling already, that is one ugly dish towel rack, but it does have some other function: