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Cool & Creative Ways to Use Your Muffin Tins!

Muffin Tins & Hardware!

on March 25, 2012

Here’s one for the handymen and women out there 😉 These two very cool uses for your muffin tins come from one of my most favorite magazines in the whole world The Family Handyman. We get this at our house and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Best diy ideas & tips ever! When I saw these I just had to pass them along! I am still amazed that they even have them in here, lol 🙂 Can you tell I’m excited?! I will put it all here but make sure to visit the link above if your interested in finding tons of other great diy storage ideas!

Muffin tins are perfect for small parts
Put those neglected muffin tins to work holding small fasteners, electrical parts and more. Screw together a tote from three pieces of 1/2-in.-thick plywood cut to fit the width and height of your trays. Screw plywood strips on the inside to act as drawer runners for the tins and glue or screw on a thin plywood back. The tote shown here holds four tins, but you can build it higher for even more storage capacity. Cut the plywood sides long enough so there’s room to add a 3/4-in. – diameter dowel handle.

Super cool right??!! I think it’s kind of cute but don’t mention that to the guys 😉 Wait till you get a load of this next one!!!!

Install muffin tins under shelves
Work surface cluttered with miscellaneous nails, screws, hardware, whatever? Clean it up and still keep that stuff at your fingertips. Attach a muffin tin under a shelf with a single 1/4-in. x 1-1/2-in. flat head machine screw. The tin pivots out from beneath work surfaces to organize and serve up any little doodad you frequently use. And you store all that little stuff without using up a single square inch of workspace.

Hahaha, they said doodad! 😉

Tins slide out but remain attached to shelves

For best results when installing your muffin bins:

  • Use muffin tins made from heavier gauge metal.
  • Drill and countersink a 1/4-in. hole in the shelf top, so the top of the screw is flush with the shelf.
  • Place 1/4-in. fender washers above and below the rim of the muffin tin.
  • Tighten two nuts against each other on the underside so the threads won’t loosen

I love the way they make muffin tins sound so manly, lol! What’s so funny about this is that I am the resident MuffinTinMommy and FamilyHandyMan at my house, now don’t get me wrong, my husband is capable but I’m an Army Wife which means he’s gone a lot so I am left to do things quite often which means I wear all hats 😉 So to all of my fellow multihat wearing moms out there go build something with your muffin tins! And for all of you guys what do you think? Go get some muffin tins and start building one of these babies you know you want to! 😉

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