Whenever there is a new item that we “need” to buy, my first instinct is to see if it’s something that I can make myself. Most of the time it’s not practical to try to make whatever it is that we want, so we end up just buying the item after finding the best deal. However, there are times when the inspiration strikes and a DIY project is born. This was one of those times.
Baby bottle drying racks are cheap and readily available just about anywhere. Here is one for around ten bucks, for example. Pretty cheap, but $0 is still better than $10. For me though, it’s not just the money saved but the satisfaction from making something with my own hands. It’s nice to tinker with stuff like this after spending most of the waking hours staring at the computer screen for a living. I am also not a big fan of the label below that seems to be on everything that we get nowadays, so not having to buy yet another piece of plastic is great!
Believe it or not, 6 months after making the drying rack I still smile a little bit every time I use it, which happens to be every single day. I’d say that’s a nice return on the investment! I was also thinking that this could be a good alternative to buying stuff off a baby shower registry, although not every expectant mom would make a good candidate for a gift like this, so proceed with caution!
Chopsticks Baby Bottle Rack
- Tennis balls can. Mine was like this but any similar one will do. Cost: $0 – already had it.
- Enough sand to fill the tennis balls can. My sand came from the beach where we vacation for extra sentimental value. Cost: $0.
- Unused chopsticks from your favorite takeout place. I used 6 but there is room for more if desired. Cost: $0.
- Clear caulk. Cost: $0 – leftover from a bathroom project.
- Small drill bit
- Remove the sticker from the tennis balls can.
- Clean the can, the lid and the chopsticks with soap first and then boil them in a pot of water for a few minutes to kill any bacteria. Boiling is probably and overkill, but why not?
- Dry the can, fill it to the top with sand and snap the lid back on.
- Drill a hole in the can using the small drill bit.
- Put a chopstick in through the hole.
- Repeat step 4 and 5 until you have enough chopsticks sticking out of the can. Remember to space them out to accommodate the bottle sizes of your choice.
- Put a little bit of clear caulk where each chopstick goes into the can to seal the hole so the sand does not sip out.
Here are a couple of pictures of the finished Chopsticks Baby Bottle Rack in action sitting on the dish drying mat that we got as a present.
If you do make one of these racks, feel free to post it in the Comments!