Easily Create a Handy Bamboo Knife Block: Step-by-Step

Are you tired of your knives clattering around in a drawer? Or maybe you don't like the knife blocks available in stores.

Well, here's a simple, customizable, and budget-friendly solution: make a knife block using bamboo skewers! And guess what? It’s incredibly easy to clean and adjust as your knife collection grows.

Why do you need a Knife Block?

First, let’s talk about why you should have a knife block. Keeping your knives in a drawer is a bad idea. Why? They can bump into each other. This can make them dull or even damaged. Plus, you risk cutting yourself when you reach into the drawer.

A knife block keeps your knives safe and sharp. It also makes your kitchen look neat.

Materials You’ll Need

Here's a quick list of what you'll need:

  • 1 Utensil crock or container
  • 12–15 packages of bamboo skewers


  • A flat-faced nail clipper
  • Rubbing alcohol

You can find bamboo skewers at very low prices in most Asian markets. The utensil crock should be deep enough to hold your longest knife.

Choosing the Right Skewer Length

Your skewers should be longer than your longest knife. Skewers come in lengths like 8, 10, and 12 inches. Pick the skewer length that is just a bit longer than your longest knife.

Points Up vs. Points Down

You have two choices for how to place the skewers: points up or points down.

Points Up:

  • Pros: It's easy to insert knives.
  • Cons: Risk of poking yourself; harder to clean.

Points Down:

  • Pros: Safer; easier to clean.
  • Cons: None, really.

For this guide, we’ll go with points down. It’s the safer and cleaner option.

How to make knife block bamboo skewers?

Steps to Make Your DIY Knife Block

Prepare the Skewers

First, open all the skewer packages. Fill the crock with skewers point down. Hold the first few skewers so they stand up straight. After that, the rest will naturally align.

Insert Your Knives

To put a knife into the block, press the blade into the side of the skewers. Then push down. The skewers will hold the knife in place. Simple, right?

Optional Perfection

If you want your knife block to look super neat, you can trim the skewers. Remove the skewers that are too short or too long.

You can use a sanitized, flat-faced nail clipper to trim the long ones. After that, fill in any gaps with new skewers.

Maintenance and Cleaning

This knife block is easy to clean. Just remove the skewers and wash them. You can also wash the utensil crock. If you keep the points down, it’s easier to dust them off.


Can I paint or stain the skewers?

Yes, you can. Just make sure to use food-safe paint or stain.

How often should I clean it?

It depends on use, but a good rule is at least once a month.

Can I use metal skewers?

Bamboo is better. Metal skewers could damage your knives.

There you have it—a simple, customizable DIY knife block that won't break the bank! So, get your materials and start this fun project today.

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