Turn an Old Rake Into a Kitchen Utensil Hanger

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1 Hour

Just like our pots and pans cabinet, our utensil drawer is a hot mess! In our six years together, we've acquired all kinds of kitchen utensils, but we have a handful that we use on a regular basis so I (Courtney) thought this would be a unique (and of course rustic) solution to our mess. We had this broken rake laying around last year and I thought eventually I'd make it into something (yes, Rob had thrown it away and I had gotten it out of the trash, because one man's trash is another man's treasure, right?), so I hid it away in our garage and then rediscovered it this week.
Supplies: -metal rake (If you have a broken one laying around, great! If not, you can grab one at a hardware store, or maybe even a yard sale or thrift place--not sure if they sell stuff like gardening tools.) -spray Spar Urethane -jute twine (or leather) -hose clamps (You'll find these in the plumbing section of a hardware store--I used 1/2" x 1-1/4" clamps.) Not Pictured: -drill -screws/anchors -chop saw -sharpie -wire brush *This project only cost me $5 because I had all supplies on hand except for the hose clamps and twine.
STEP 1: Cut handle Before I did anything else, I cut the rest of my handle off. I didn't measure it out or anything--I just eyeballed how long I wanted it to be and cut.

STEP 2: Prep rake Next, I took a wire brush just to knock off any debris on the rake, then sprayed my sealer to protect it. It's ok to spray the wood and the rake end.
STEP 3: Plan and place your hose clamps After my rake dried, I measured where I wanted my hose clamps to be. I would recommend flipping your rake over on the side that will be against the wall and marking your clamps themselves so you know exactly where you want to drill your hole. *Note: I would have mounted my rake upside down, but the claws weren't curved enough to hang my utensils which is why I chose to mount it the way I did.
STEP 4: Attach hose clamps Next, I opened the hose clamps and pre-drilled a hold where I wanted them to mount to the wall (not pictured because it was such a pain in the behind to do that). Then, I screwed the hose clamps to the wall; I didn't have to use anchors because there was a stud where I mounted them.
STEP 5: Attach an extra screw for support (optional) Just to be sure that my rake wouldn't sway or move, I added an additional screw under the claws. You don't have to do this step but I wanted to be extra certain my rake didn't move at all once I hung up my utensils.
I'm really happy with how this hanging rake turned out.
Hindsight, I would probably use leather for hanging instead of the twine but I do like the way the twine looks--I'm just thinking for cleaning purposes, the leather may hold up longer. Either way, I love the unique look of the rake holding my most-used utensils.

Suggested materials:

  • Rake
  • Helmsman spray Spar Urethane  (Home Depot)
  • Jute twine
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  • Jean E Colson
    Jean E Colson
    on Aug 1, 2016

    I'm dubious about the jute or leather hangers from the handles...do you have to remove the hangers before washing them, either by hand or machine? That seems problematic to me.

    • Sharon Seiber
      Sharon Seiber
      on Jan 14, 2017

      If you turn the rake head with the tines up, you will eliminate any reason to use cord, jute or those things. Too hard to keep clean, rots, etc. also not sanitary. If the tines are turned up, you can just hang the utensils directly on the tines. This is what I did, and love it! I want another rake head! I have too much stuff. Also if you do it this way, you can add a pretty bow at the top of the rake head. I did not do this with mine. It's simply flat black and I love it.

  • Linda Barrett Dirksen
    Linda Barrett Dirksen
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Would S hooks work better, so you don'f have the jute issue? Would be cute with pans if the clamp was secured to the wall with Mollies. Cute idea, thanks!

  • Vickie
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Love this idea and have an old rake so I am on it just as soon as I can remember where i stored the rake!! My question is, the turner, spoons, etc. that you have hanging have very flat handles. I have an EXTREMELY small kitchen with only one drawer, wait, two if you count the one under the oven, so most things are stacked, contained, etc. The utensils with the large bulbous ends truly take up way too much space in a utensil holder. I am constantly searching for the smallest handles possible with little luck. So if you could possible pass on the info of where your purchased yours it would be greatly appreciated!! Now on to finding that rake, hmmmmmmm

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  • Pat Violette
    Pat Violette
    on Dec 13, 2018

    I have an old Blueberry rake and going to do this, thanks love your idea.

  • Pamela Foster
    Pamela Foster
    on Apr 8, 2019

    I'm going to use a much used family rake, complete with its last handle, very rustic, we'll say. I am covering the tines, very crooked and well used, with shrink-tubing. Very protective, especially if utilizing it for glassware. Plus mine will be hung with handle up.

    Great project!

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