Then I saw one of these ...
But when I saw the price ($26.99), my "budget conscious thrifty self" stepped in and said no way. Damn that thrifty self! :)
So, I decided to use what I already had and make a DIY No Cost Wire Cutlery Holder.
This is what I came up with ....
What do you think?
I used a round self painted white & turquoise wire basket (thrifted at a yard sale for $1), some old white coffee mugs, and some highball glasses we don't use much. I fit them all neatly into the basket and then added our cutlery, and the kids as well :) The kids at the front and all the sharp pointy knives at the back in the glass jars, away from little fingers.
I used an old white vase which was the perfect size to store our larger knives. And our other utensils (most of which are in the dishwasher instead of the photo, hehe) are now in a white tin vase that I also got at a yard sale for $1. Then I placed them all in a white tray (also something I had thrifted for $2 and painted myself) on our kitchen counter.
So given I already had everything, it actually cost me nothing. Not too shabby. :)
I'm still considering swapping out the coffee cups for glass jars. Hmmm...
Now I've just got to stop automatically opening the cutlery drawer when I want something! Hehe.