DIY Bread Box


March 24, 2013 by magpiemenina

I have been looking for the perfect bread box for a while now. I found the bread box of my dreams. Of course, it was $79.99 at Williams-Sonoma. Not happening!

My dream bread box. Wesco Grandy bread box. Image from

My dream bread box. Wesco Grandy bread box. Image from

I’d put the bread box dream aside for the time being; that is, until Jaybird and I went to Ikea the other day. [While Ikea has gotten a lot of flak for its domestic promises and cheap, trendy, cookie-cutter furniture (as in Fight Club), I love it. After all, you can find cheap, generally sturdy furniture and home decor that can be used as a starting point for whatever you can imagine! I like to think of Ikea as providing the foundation for furniture re-imaginings.] As soon as I saw the Ikea Snika boxes, I knew I had found the basic piece on which to create my beloved bread box visions.

The Snika boxes are packaged as one big box and two little boxes made of sheet metal. They come in green, white, and possibly black, and I don’t believe they are listed in the paper catalogue. For all three the cost is $19.99.

The starting point.

The starting point. Ikea Snika storage box.

Here’s how you can make a bread box from the Snika Ikea box.

You will need:

  • large Ikea Snika box in the color of your choice
  • an awl or an icepick
  • metal file
  • one package of two 1 1/2 inch narrow hinges, zinc-plated (I got mine at Lowe’s in the outdoor hardware section)
  • one satin-nickel sash hook lift (same place as the hinges)
  • pliers
  •  rivet setter
  • 6 – 1/8 inch short rivets
  • print-out of tea and pan logos magpiejaybirdandmew on photo paper
  • Krylon Preserve It! spray in gloss
  • scissors
  • Elmer’s school glue
  • paint brush
  • Royal Plaid Decoupage Medium

How to:

1. Using a ruler, find the center of the back of the large box. With a pencil, mark that point.

Line the ruler up with the initial point and radiate out from it, marking small dots every

quarter inch, with three on either side of the first dot. Repeat to create a pattern like the

spokes of a wheel. Fill in the space between with more dots (see the picture below; this is

difficult to explain).

Back of bread box showing hinges and hole pattern.

2. Bore small holes on the dot pattern using the awl or icepick from the outside in. This creates air flow in the box and gives it a vintage look. I have some other old bread boxes with this hole pattern. Take outside and file down the metal edges.

Boring holes.

Boring the holes with the awl. Close-up.

3. On the side with the holes, center each hinge between the design and the edge of the box with the top half of the hinge on the lid and the bottom half on the bottom of the box. Mark holes with pencils and bore, again with the awl, to a width sufficient to hold the rivets without being so large that the rivet passes through the hole (if this happens, you’ll need to add a washer on the inside).

Hinge spacing with holes bored.

4. Using the rivet setter, set the rivets in the holes and compress. Compress a second time to break off the excess metal on the rivet. (Below is the method used for the sash hook.)

Jaybird showing how to set a rivet. Take the rivet and place it in the rivet gun.

Place the sash hook over the holes as shown.

Place rivet gun over holes and tighten. Release handles and tighten again to break off rivet excess.

5. Use the pliers to bend the sash hook so that it forms a U-shaped hook. Center on the front of the lid. Rivet in place using the same method employed for hinge attachment. The hook should be at the top with the rivets below.

Handle / sash hook placement. Holes bored.

Place the sash hook over the holes as shown.

6. Print out the images in the PDF file above. (“Pan” means “bread” in most Romance languages. I included a “Tea” graphic as well because I think one of the smaller boxes would be adorable for tea storage. I don’t need tea storage, so I didn’t make one, but you might. If anyone has suggestions for another three-letter food word for the third box, please comment and I’ll make and upload a third graphic.) Cut out the image.
Spray image with Krylon Preserve It! Let dry.

7. Brush back of image with Elmer’s school glue. Press onto the front of the bread box, positioning as shown below. Let dry. Coat top with Royal Plaid Decoupage Medium. Let dry. (Be cautious with washing. You’ll want to try to keep that part dry.)

Finished bread box.

Bread box open and in use.
Put your bread inside and enjoy!


7 thoughts on “DIY Bread Box

  1. gildedcrow says:

    great project!

  2. adorable!!! I want one in red!! or black!! or yelloW!! Oh, I just don’t knowm but I LOVE it.

  3. Esther says:

    you are welcome 🙂
    great Idea – I love it!

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  5. Toto says:

    I love it and going to make one. Please tell me if it’s easy to open ? I tryed to open the box in the store and it wasn’t easy, so I am thinking if adding the little hook will help… Thank you

  6. magpiemenina says:

    Hi Toto! It is very easy to open once the handle is attached. Enjoy!

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