Are crumbs all over your counter, drawer or cabinet from your toaster? When this happens I have to whip out the vacuum cleaner and vacuum up the drawer.
I know that toasters have their own built in crumb catcher but I can’t say it really gets the job done well. Here is what my drawer looks like where we store the toaster. I think I need to fire the crumb catcher…he is doing a CRUMBY job haha.
This is an easy and cheap project that will save some clean up headaches.
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TOOLS FOR CRUMB CATCHER
SUPPLIES FOR CRUMB CATCHER
- 1/4 inch plywood
- 3/4 inch square wood dowel
- Scrap piece long enough for length of cuts (see below) – this will be for the front and back supports
- Wood glue
- 5/8 inch brad nails/nails
- White caulk
- Stencil (optional) made from Silhouette Cameo
*Your cuts will vary depending on the size of your toaster. My toaster measured 7 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. I made my 1/4 inch plywood cuts approximately two inches longer on length and width to accommodate for the border.
CUTS FOR CRUMB CATCHER
- 1- 1/4 inch plywood – 9 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches
- 2 – 3/4 inch dowel or rip cuts – 8 inches
- 2 – 3/4 inch dowel or rip cuts – 13 1/4 inches
STEPS FOR CRUMB CATCHER
Step 1) Apply wood glue to all the border (dowel) pieces and attach to bottom (1/4 plywood piece). Use a square for alignment. I attached several 5/8 inch 18G brad nails to the bottom to secure the border, but this step isn’t necessary the wood glue once set should hold just fine. Apply clamps for a better seal.
Step 2) I applied some white caulk to the cracks and then painted the crumb catcher with white paint. Then to add a little humor I created a fun stencil with my Silhouette Cameo to add to the project. If you would like a stencil to either use as a cut file or to trace click below. *For personal use only.
I painted BIG CRUMBS in black acrylic paint and the rest in gray acrylic paint. I lightly sanded the stenciled area after it dried. Finally I added a spray sealer to protect the bottom of the toaster from scratching it. Here is how it looks in the drawer.