Anthropologie Inspired Knife Block

by - June 05, 2020

Hello everyone and welcome back! A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through the Anthropologie website when I stumbled upon a knife holder that I fell in love with. The only issue was the prize, which was between 48-98 dollars. Yup, there's no way I was going to pay that much. That's when I had the magnificent idea to try and recreate the knife holder myself, and let me tell you, I freaking loved how awesome it turned out!!! It looks almost identical to the one from Anthropologie, and I made it using mostly items from the dollar tree, so if you guys want to learn how I made this unique looking knife holder, then keep on scrolling...

My initial plan was to use the tumbling tower blocks to make the knife holder as they're already the perfect size. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough blocks to make it. If you happen to have enough blocks, I recommend using them instead of the popsicle sticks, as it would be easier and a lot faster to make. 😊

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  • A pack or 2 of popsicle sticks
  • Wood Stain
  • Hand Saw
  • Scissors
  • Wood glue
  • 3 thin plywoods
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 canvas panel
  • Skewers or bag of lentils


1.) Begin by cutting the ends of 30 popsicle sticks. Cut more if needed.

2.) Cut 7 popsicle sticks in half. ( You should end up with 14 smaller sticks in total.)

3.) Line the sticks down the center of the canvas in a "zig-zag" pattern.

4.) Paint the canvas board a color similar to the wood stain you are going to be using.

5.) Glue the sticks in place.

6.) Stain the rest of the popsicle sticks. Making sure to stain some darker than the others.

7.) Carefully cut them into randomly sized pieces.

8.) Glue the sticks on the canvas. One row at a time until you reach the end.

9.) Repeat the same step a second time for the back of the board, or paint it. Whatever you'd prefer.

10.) Meanwhile, everything dries stain and cut the plywood to size.

11.) Once everything is fully dried, glue the 4 pieces to the 3rd plywood to form the knife block.

12.) Glue some sticks along the edges to reinforce the knife block.

13.) To make the knife block look identical to the one from Anthropologie, place some bamboo skewers inside.

Unfortunately for me, the bamboo skewers were a couple inches taller than the knife block, and I didn't have the patience to custom-cut each bamboo skewer to size.

However, I did come up with another idea, which was to fill the block with lentils, and honestly, it looks just as good.




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