DIY Corner Block Moulding Caddy

We've had 4 pieces of corner block moulding in our scrap wood stash for quite some time and today I gave them a purpose.  

If you're not familiar with these decorative little blocks of wood, they're available in many styles for framing mirrors or door frames. 

We bought them months ago at Lowe's to frame a mirror for our bathroom, but in the process found a ready-made mirror that we used instead.  These cute carved blocks of wood sat unused and unloved until today.


4 corner block moulding (4.5" x 4.5" each)
1 5-gallon paint stir stick
Wood glue
Small tack nails and hammer, or brad nailer
Paint and paint brush
Sanding sponge or fine sandpaper

To begin, I lightly sanded the blocks - they were presanded but a few areas needed to be touched up.

Next, I arranged the blocks to form a square.

Then applied wood glue where edges met, and clamped in place to dry.

After the glue dried, I (actually, my gracious assistant) cut 3 equal lengths of the stir stick to form the bottom of the caddy.

I placed the stir stick lengths side-by-side on the under side of the caddy and attached with a brad nailer.

Next was the fun part - painting!  I used leftover ceiling paint that we had on hand - a flat creamy white.

After letting the paint dry, the caddy was ready to be filled.

For now, it's holding silverware on our island.  But, its forever home will be on my craft table, containing a collection of scissors.

I'm repeating myself, but it's so rewarding to make something useful from items you have on hand that aren't being used.

And wouldn't this little caddy also be great as a planter?  Or, crayon caddy?  So many uses!

Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas!  I try to respond to comments via email as soon as I can. If your email address isn't available, I will comment here. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  1. This is genius! So many creative uses for such a pretty piece!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! And, they come in quite a few pretty styles. Glad you stopped by!

  2. Adorable.. and you are so right... So many uses... Love the idea of putting it in your sewing room..
    Would be a cute holder for Candy canes for Christmas display?
    Have fun with it.

    1. That's a great idea, Judy! I may have to do that right after Thanksgiving, and then after Christmas can pop it into my craft space. I like that idea!

  3. What a great idea! I pass those decorative moulding blocks all the time in Home Depot, but never thought to put them together like that. Pinning!

    1. Hi Vineta! So nice of you to comment. And, you've done some amazing projects - just signed up for your newsletter. Thanks again for visiting!

  4. Very creative! And multiple uses, too! Thanks for posting this idea!

    1. I finally decided they were too cute to keep stored neglected in a cabinet. haha! Thanks much, Bless!

  5. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for stopping by Debbie!' Please come again!!!

  7. Love this idea and you provided an excellent tutorial. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  8. Such a clever idea! Love how easy it is to put together too :)

  9. What a smart idea! I always see these blocks in the hardware store and wonder what I could make with them. Now I know! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week.