One of the biggest issues I had when I first got chickens was where to put the eggs. You may remember there was a bit of a debate about whether I needed to keep them in the fridge or not. I said no, the fella said yes. My no is based on scientific research. The fella's yes is based on The Ick. As in, Ick ... you HAVE to keep eggs in the fridge. The ick factor is only trumped by the Ack. I Acked at his Ick.
Funny thing is, when we first got the chickens I promised I'd keep the eggs in the fridge because anything else grossed him out. I lied. I knew the time would come that the eggs would be on the counter. And sure enough ...
I got my way. The eggs are out of the fridge proudly displayed in a vintage wire egg basket. I can't even begin to tell you how much easier it is to whip an egg at someone who angers me. They're right there, ready to load in an instant.
Which by the way is the only reason I wanted the eggs to be out of the fridge in the first place. Not so I could easily whip them at anyone who criticized my dirty baseboards, but because I wanted to be able to use my wire egg basket and frankly it didn't fit in the fridge.
I, like most people, am a sucker for packaging. You can take a cruddy, old, chewed up piece of gum and if you display it nice enough people will cherish it like a family heirloom. Or at the very least a 50% off Ben & Jerry's ice cream coupon. Who doesn't cherish those?
I wanted my eggs to look as beautiful as possible and for me ... that was on the counter in a vintage egg basket.
So I started to think of ways to make an equally attractive display for eggs for everyone. One that would work for people who keep their eggs on the counter or in the fridge.
It had to be easy and it had to be cheap because I'm easy and cheap. Hey. Wait ... Nevermind.
This is what I came up with.
Materials and cost breakdown
Piece of worn wood - 5" x 12" apx.
1. Get yourself some wood. The size you use will dictate how many eggs it will hold. I just used scrap wood I found around the house.
I cut my wood to 5" x 12". This size will hold 7 eggs.
2. Mark where you want to drill your holes. I marked exact 1 ½" circles in a staggered pattern.
3. Cut your holes with your hole saw or spade drill bit. If you bought a cheap hole saw by hole #5 you'll be cursing it and its dull teeth. Then you will have a snack to feel better and calm down before starting to drill again.
4. Attach the cupboard handles to the bottom of the board. This will require you drill a hole through the top of the board so you can insert the screws. If you don't want to see the screws from the top of your board, use a countersinking bit to countersink the screws. Then fill the holes with a mix of sawdust from your drilling and Carpenter's Glue. Proportions don't matter. Just mix a whack of it all together until it forms a paste and shove it in the holes.
Once the fill has dried, lightly sand it to smooth it out and if you're using a painted wood board, repaint the top to further camouflage your holes. Wow. "To further camouflage your holes" That sounded very formal and official didn't it? I talk good.
If you want a sort of farmy, rustic chic look use sleek metal handles with barnboard like I did in the first photo. If you want a more contemporary, clean look use straight cut wood. A slice of a spruce 1 x 6 will do the trick.
And you could go nuts with the painting. Doesn't have to be white you know. Pink, orange, blue, black and white polkadot. Whatever.
I swear to you, the fun doesn't end there. Since making these wood doohickeys I've realized they're the most versatile, weird little things I've ever made. I use them for EVERYTHING.
Case in point ... those extra Christmas balls you have that you're completely sick of putting in bowls around the house?
Need a cute little way to serve appetizers or snacks?
These sized holes also are the perfect fit for ... tea lights.
No picture. You're just gonna have to trust me on this one.
So. It's true. If you run out and make one of these things to keep or give away for Christmas you'll be giving the gift of a Rustic/Modern eggholder/ornament displayer/snack server/tealight holder. Uh huh.
All for the low, low price of between $2.50 and $10.
And after giving this you're sure to be met with squeals of joy. There won't be an ack or an ick around. Promise.