Stop throwing out old knife blocks. Here are 10 amazing ways to re-use them

We might think knife blocks serve one purpose only because, after all, they are just... knife blocks. What more could they be good for? We can assure you there are many magical ways you can transform your old knife block into a unique and useful creation.
Before you throw it away, read our top 10 DIY tutorials on how to upcycle your knife block. Imagine stationary holders, beautified "new" knife blocks and tool holders. These are just some of the projects you can do to repurpose that ordinary block of wood into an exceptional treasure.
1. Upcycle it into a crayon holder
Organize your craft supplies with this colorful crayon holder. Since it's so versatile, you can add other bits and pieces to the holder. This is great for storing your kids' craft supplies so that they won't be scattered all over your home.
2. Turn it into an iPad/tablet holder
With so many online recipes to experiment with, the sky's the limit for creative crafting. This project turns your old knife block into a handy iPad holder. Start with a few basic materials like the ones pictured below.
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Discover how much easier it will be to read recipes while chopping up your veggies.
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3. Repurpose to a thread organizer
Sewing enthusiasts and quilters, this one's for you. We all know the struggle of digging for a particular spool of thread that's most likely buried deep in your thread collection.
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4. Turn it into a tool rack
Reusing your old knife block as a tool rack is a nifty idea! Look at all that storage space.
5. Turn it into a shabby chic knife block
We're in love with this knife block! The shabby chic design is amazing and will give your kitchen a warm, fuzzy vibe.
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6. Turn a wooden knife block into a stainless steel knife block
Do you like the classy look of a stainless steel knife block? Good news! You can transform your stodgy old wooden knife block into something new.
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7. Upcycle into a bold knife block
Need to give your old knife block some oomph? Try the project below:
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8. Upcycle into a patterned knife block
Thinking of color coordinating your kitchen utensils but have a boring, ugly knife block? Don't worry, this tutorial teaches you how to beautify the block. Match-ups are cute, right?
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9. Upcycle it into a flower vase
Transform your old knife block into a beautiful flower vase. It's perfect for holding your fresh blooms or makes a one-of-a-kind gift for your special someone.
10. Repurpose into a stationary caddy
Students and work-at-home moms and dads, you're going to love this project. Convert your old knife block into a handy desk caddy with practical storage space for your pens, pencils and other stationary. It will keep your space neat and tidy, just the way you like it.