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DIY Bread Box

Build a beautiful DIY bread box to store your bread and keep it contained on your counter.

I hate having loaves of bread in bags all over my kitchen counters. Not enough to stop eating bread, but enough that I decided it was time to come up with a much prettier way to store those loaves.

So I partnered with Kreg Tools new project plan site,, to make a DIY bread box with loads of storage that looked beautiful in the kitchen.

DIY bread box in the corner of a kitchen counter.

Nothing beats a loaf of fresh made bread or a crusty loaf of artisan bread. But storing those loaves is kinda a pain.

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Sealing bread in a plastic bag causes the crusty outside to get soft. They need a little bit of air to keep them perfect!

That is way a bread box is so amazing. They create a wonderful environment to store your non-sliced bread to keep it perfect. Soft insides with crusty outsides. And the best part, it looks so pretty on your kitchen counters. 

Close up view of the DIY bread box full of bread on the kitchen counter.

Since our family is definitely in the carb eating category, we needed a large bread box with room for more than just 1 loaf of bread. One loaf is just an appetizer and I don’t have time to run to the store daily for more!

But our new DIY bread box now has enough room to keep my family in bread for a solid couple days.

There is a large bottom compartment to store lots bread. And the cute little window means I can easily see when we are getting low (or what ‘s available for lunch!). 

Lower door of the DIY bread box open to show how much room there is inside.

But my favorite part of the new DIY bread box is the top shelf with the plexiglass cover. That top shelf is more than just a shelf… it’s a pull-out cutting board! 

Yep, store your favorite hearty loaf right there and then when you are ready to serve, just slide the entire shelf out and you have a beautiful cutting board ready to go.

I made a simple cherry and hickory striped cutting board and love it. Then I can just slide it back into the bread box to store for later (it there is any left).

DIY bread box with pull out cutting board shelf with baguette on it.

And this bread box was a fun weekend build with the Kreg Jig! I love this jig for making solid joints.

Build one for yourself of make a fun DIY gift for the bread lover in your life.

How to Store Bread

The bread box is great for storing non-sliced loaves of bread. Once sliced, you will want to store in a more tightly sealed environment to prevent the inside of your bread from drying out. 

For non-sliced loaves, you can still store them in the bread box. Just place the sliced edge down on the bottom of the bread box to help seal it more from drying out. This will keep the outside crusty and the inside soft. 

DIY bread box made of cherry wood with pull out cutting board shelf.

How to Make a Bread Box

If you want to make your own DIY bread box, I am sharing the free plans over at Click here for the complete build plans.

And for another fun build project for your kitchen, check out the free build plans for the popular farmhouse paper towel holder.

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And to keep your cookbooks open while you are busy in the kitchen, make this easy to build DIY cookbook stand too.

Cookbook being held open for hands-free cooking in a DIY cookbook holder.

Happy Building!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

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Wednesday 19th of July 2023

If the location for your breadbox gets sunlight on it you can use wood instead of the plexiglass to prevent the inevitable condensation and subsequent mold.

Susan mccoy

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

Any plans for an L shaped bread box for counter top. Want to declutter


Thursday 14th of April 2022

This bread box is so perfect! We are going to have to make one for our kitchen here in West Jordan. We are doing some kitchen cabinet refinishing and this would be the perfect thing to finish up the space. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Jack Spencer

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

I'm currently building one of these from cherry as a present for a neighbor. I see that you mounted the hinges on the top plexiglass door upside down. Did you attach the hinges to the plexiglass?


Thursday 11th of February 2021

I drilled holes through the plexi and mounted the hinge just under the plexi. I used small bolts (through the holes in the hinges) and nuts to hold it on.

Brian Smith

Monday 9th of March 2020

Im a novice but could you explain the round cut outs inside the box. Their purpose and best way to do them. Cheers


Thursday 12th of March 2020

I am not entirely sure what you mean by round cut-outs. Are you referring to the pocket holes? The pocket holes are used to hold the screws that attach the boards together. They are made with the Kreg Jig. If that is not what you mean, please let me know and I can better clarify.

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