Wooden Caddy Tutorial ~ DIY Farmhouse Style

Who here loves a quick and easy project that not only is functional but versatile too? (me, me, ME!) That’s what I have for you today. I have had this project in my brain for a few months and can’t wait to show you how simple it really is. Take a look at this wooden caddy.

Rustic Reclaimed Wooden Caddy with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I whipped these two up in less than an hour and I’m in love! This project is one of those that can be customized to your heart’s content. I built mine out of reclaimed barn wood, but yours can be made with any wood, even new wood. You can paint it, stencil it, cover it in paper or fabric, or even enlarge it to suit your needs. Simply endless ways to finish it. I’m just here to provide the base knowledge.

My wooden caddy contains antique milk glass bottles, but yours can use upcycled jars or bottles from your kitchen, or even canning jars. Or leave them out entirely.

DIY Wooden Kitchen Caddy from Reclaimed or New Wood ~ Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Add flower foam and create a sweet centerpiece for a wedding or everyday decor. It’s perfect for toiletries…

DIY Bathroom Caddy with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…or even your art supplies.

Build an Art Supply Caddy with this Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Top View of DIY Wooden Caddy | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now that you’ve seen it in action, are you ready to get started? Let’s get our DIY on! (psst….if you’re not into DIY, you can find these two in my shop SOLD)

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Here is what you’ll need:


  • 2 jars – canning jars, milk bottles(we love these!), drink bottles, etc.
  • 2 pieces of wire – use old hangers or bucket handles
  • 1- 1″ x 4″ x 6′ board cut – see details below (use fencing, pallets, etc. too)


My inspiration for this project was this set of milk glass bottles my friend found for me curbside (aka #trashure), plus a few I acquired at the flea market.

Antique Milk Bottles for Wooden Caddy Tutorial | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To get started, have in mind you are going to need to measure for 3 different cuts to get 6 pieces as shown below: 2 ends, 1 center, 3 length pieces.

Barn Wood Pieces Cut for Wooden Caddy | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To find your dimensions, place your bottles apart from each other as you would want them to sit in the caddy. For instance, I was using ¾” thick wood, so I left approximately a ¾” space in between them for the middle board. Then measure from the outside widest bottle point  on the bottle to the opposing outside bottle to get the length. Mine was 10″ and yours will depend on what bottle you’re using. This doesn’t have to be accurate since having a little wiggle room is okay.

If you don’t want to use glass, just figure out the length you want and continue. You can even use this same design to create a table trough with separations or completely open like I did ages ago for my centerpiece seen HERE for spring,

DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…and HERE at Christmastime.

Simple Christmas Centerpiece with Pine and Holly, and Beeswax Candles in a Reclaimed Wood Trough by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, cut 3 length pieces remembering to measure twice, cut once.  (ask me how I know 😉 ) My favorite tool on long pieces like this is my little 5″ circular saw. However, my miter, or jigsaw, or even a hand saw would work too. Yes, I’m back to working out in 20 degree weather. Send me some sun, will ya!

Cutting Barn Wood with Circular Saw | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

TIP: If you don’t want to cut or don’t have the tools, the home improvement stores will cut it for you for FREE. Just take in your measurements and ask!

Now, do a dry set up with your boards you just cut. Place one on the bottom, and the other two standing on your surface butted up against the sides of your bottom piece. When all is good, attach using your nailer, or if you prefer to use screws or nails, do so now.

Nailing Wooden Caddy Sides Together | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Measure the length of the ends from outside board edge to outside board edge. Cut two ends and attach with your nailer.

Next, measure from inside edge to inside edge of the center of the long sides. This will be your wooden caddy divider. Cut and nail in place.

Building Wooden Caddy | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I happened to have a couple of little wire handles that had come off my kids pails (you know I didn’t throw those away. tsk.) I used the damaged pails for planters and am using the handles for these wooden caddies.

Repurposed Pail Handles for Wooden Caddy | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

However, if you don’t have any handles, just grab a wire hanger and cut it to make a handle. I do it all the time. Or you can find heavy duty gauge wire at your home improvement store.

Use your drill, and drill bit slightly smaller than the wire, to make a hole on either side. Lay your wooden caddy on its side and drill at a slight angle pointing upward. That way, your wire can help support the weight of the caddy and not pop out.

Drilling Wooden Caddy for Handles | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Tap the wire with a hammer to make sure it is secure. You could always use Gorilla Glue or E600 adhesive to make sure it stays put too.

And you’re done! The smaller caddy was made with pallet wood, so really your options are limitless. It’s fun to create, isn’t it?

Reclaimed Wooden Caddy Tutorial for any use in your home | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You can use this wooden caddy for hostess gifts, holiday gifts, and any ol’ reason gifts. The fun is in the creating and sharing.

Speaking of, do pin and share this project so others will be inspired to give DIY a try too!

Build this easy wooden caddy with step-by-step plans. Perfect for kitchen, bath, storage, and more! | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next week is Trash to Treasure Transformation time and I will be showing you what I did with this thrifted Christmas tree for my front door urn decor. Head here to see!

Urns Ready for Winter Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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More DIYs for you like this wooden caddy:

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  • Tami Toppen

    Very nice project. I love anything made with old barn wood!

    December 8, 2016 at 12:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit, Tami. hee hee hee.

      December 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm Reply
  • Tina Quinn

    You are one handy lady. I love dressing it up for a natural Christmas display.

    December 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Tina. 🙂 That would be a perfect use.

      December 8, 2016 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Nuri Josephus

    I absolutely Love your work and spirit and am grateful for the time you take to interact with us.- I would like to try something but I procrastinate – urrrggghhh!!!! I have an old veneer cabinet that I would like to transform into something useful oh but how I drag things!!! A full video tutorial on re-doing veneer and painting something like that would be so great .!

    with so much love form Cape Town South Africa


    January 23, 2017 at 1:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Nuri! If you search veneer on my blog you will see many times where I used my towel-soak method to remove veneer and what I did after. It can be done! 😀

      January 23, 2017 at 6:17 am Reply

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