How to Make a No Drill DIY Magnetic Knife Rack

How to make a wooden DIY magnetic knife rack and attach to your kitchen tiles with a no drill approach


No Drill DIY Magnetic Knife Rack. This post has been sponsored by

Wooden diy magnetic spice rack attacked to kit kat tiles. A loaf of bread on a chopping board in front of the knife rack on countertops,

I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted a magnetic knife rack for my kitchen wall.

OK that’s a lie. I can tell you.

5 years and a month if we’re being really specific

…. basically ever since I moved into this property and made it my mission to create an intentional,  joyful home . I’ll admit, that’s a long time to wait for something you know you’ll love right?

But here’s what has always put me off  from having one in the past – the thought of drilling into the kitchen tiles to attach it to the wall. I imagined cracked tiles and/or being left with gaping holes (that don’t look any less grotesque because they’re filled in with  polyfiller) should I ever decide to remove it.

You know I was also going to mention something about my security deposit too , but at this point, I feel like I’m too far gone. Have you seen my house? (Insert emoji with sweat)

Anyway, my point is, is that all that waiting has paid off because I’ve finally found a safe (and also removable way – yes renters take note please ) to hang a magnetic knife rack without damaging the tiles.


3 boxes of sugru new improved diy kits in yellow, green and blue


Sugru  is a new find I’ll have you know, and I’ve already thought about 1000 different ways I’ll be using it in my home!

Its a hand-mouldable glue that sticks to lots of different materials, like ceramic tiles, glass and metals. They’ve just launched three newly refreshed kits (pictured above) that includes four packs of glue,  some tools, a tin and a Sugru project book, packed full of easy-to-follow how-to guides. Its perfect for people who are new to the glue and/or are just in need of some inspirational projects to try in the house. If you want to get 10% off your next Sugru order, sign up to their newsletter here

I’m going to talk you through how I used Sugru to attach this DIY magnetic rack to the wall… wait actually no, let me show you how to make the magnetic knife rack first (I mean why buy one when you can spend £12666 making one right right?)


Close up of wooden magnetic knife rack on wall. three onions in a glass bowl below with a bottle of virgin oil to the right. A loaf of bread is on a chopping board in front


That was sarcasm by the way … it doesn’t cost that much at all. In fact it’s a relatively easy and cheap DIY to do (with the added bonus of customisation that you can’t get in a store FYI) .The only item you might need to go out of your way to buy are the magnets.


Right, let’s declutter those countertops (or drawers) with this functional and very stylish (ahem)  DIY magnetic knife rack



  • piece of wood – I used wood from an old cutting board
  • Sugru – white 
  • 1/4″ forstner drill bit
  • hand drill
  • 15mm x 4mm neodymium (x 25)
  • painters tape
  • superglue
  • Level

Tools needed. Pictured medina hand holding drill and drill bit over a flat lay of level, magnet, sugru kits and wood.



1. If required, cut your wood to size with a hand saw or mitre saw (if you have one to hand). I actually ended up using scrap wood from an old chopping board.

You can literally use any wood for this project as long as its thick  and straight (nothing wonky). Also make sure that if you are using raw wood and want to stain/seal it, use a product that is food safe as your knives will be resting directly on its surface.

2. Measure and mark where you would like to drill holes at the back of the wood using a tape measure. I planned on doing two rows of 5 holes (10 in total), so I divided the length of my wood by 5.


Wood laying on a marble surface with 10 points marked equally on it with blue biro pen. A tape measure can be seen/


3. Drill 2 rows of holes on the back of the wood using the drill and the 1/4 inch forstner bit. Drill as deep as possible into the wood without penetrating through to the front so that the magnets will sit as close to the front surface of the wood as possible. You can use tape to mark the depth on your drill bit for consistency.


Drill about to drill into the wood

wood with holes made with forstner drill bit


4. Next add a dot of super glue (or Sugru) to each of the holes and then place the magnets inside all going in the same direction (I used 5 magnets in each hole) to ensure the wood becomes magnetized and can hold the knives. You might find it easier to cover each end of the wood with your hand for this part to stop the magnets you’ve already placed in the holes from popping out.


close up of 5 magnets to be places in each hole


5. Now the no drill hanging part.

This is where Sugru comes into play.  I highly recommend using a coordinating color for your wall if you plan to eventually remove this rack, as it might leave some colored residue behind. I used white as my kitchen wall tiles are white.


Close up of white sugru packet in my hand,


6. Roll  the glue into two balls in your hand, then apply to each end of  the wooden magnetic rack in a cone shape. I actually drilled in two small holes to each end of the wood before applying the Sugru glue to give it more depth to grip onto.


Close up of two rolled up balls of white sugru in my hand

Wood with magnets in each hole, and sugru places on either end of wood.


7. Use a level to ensure everything is straight, before pressing the magnetic knife rack firmly into the wall tiles.


My hand holding up the wooden magnetic knife rack with a level against the white kit kat tiles.



8. Use the masking tape as below to keep it in place. Leave this for at least 24 hours for the Sugru to set.


4 pieces of painters tape used to hold the magnetic wooden knife rack in place against the white kitkat tiles.


And you are done! Didn’t I say it would be easy?

Now its time to add your knives or other sharp objects and admire your handy work. Don’t mind my kitchen walls by the way, they are yet to be painted. The kitchen redecoration has been a slow process, but I’ll fill you in at another time.


Wooden diy magnetic spice rack attached to kit kat tiles. A loaf of bread on a chopping board in front of the knife rack on countertops,


What do you think of this  project? Do you think you’ll give this project a try? Let me know in the comments if you’re tempted to try out Sugru if you haven’t before! Don’t forget, you get 10% off your next Sugru purchase if you sign up here! 



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  1. So simple and straight forward, thank you! I’m a bit skeptical about the holding strength of the sugru as it looks like white tack but will have a go at it. x

  2. Wow, this is amazing… it seems too good to be true. Somehow I’m not convinced 😂 I need to try it myself to believe it. Definitely going to purchase a pack. The DIY knife holder looks fab x

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