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Monday, April 4, 2011

Repurposed Silverware | Family Economics

By Cathe

For years, artists have transformed silverware pieces into beautiful jewelry, wind chimes and more. Some of these projects require special tools to create, but there are unique projects using simple flatware that you can create right at home.

Here are some fun ideas for silverware you no longer need:

• Tuck a note or photo into the fingers of a fork. Stick the end of the fork into a small plant or pot of flowers.

wild bird nest• You can also place the holding ends of narrow forks into food items like apples or miniature pumpkins centered in dinner plates to hold guests’ place cards.

• Curve the end of a spoon handle up and drill the bowl of the spoon into a finished piece of wood trim to create a unique coat or dishtowel hook in your kitchen.

• Create miniature collages or tiny dioramas within the bowl of spoons, drill into the handle to string and create beautiful ornaments for year round decorating. Another pretty thing to add is a little wire bird nest.

• Beautifully tarnished and detailed vintage silverware make lovely bridal shower gift tags. Just tie into the ribbon of the package.

spring egg holder• Photograph individual pieces of silverware against a plain background. Print and place each photo into identical frames and place this collection of beautiful images in your kitchen or dining room. Consider turning photos to black and white or sepia-toned for a more unique look.

• Collect a large quantity of used butter knives and bury the blades into the soil with handles straight up around your prized flower bushes to create hose guards.

• Bend the necks of multiple spoons up. Tie a rubber band around them and then tie around a bottle or jar with a ribbon to create a beautiful spring egg holder filled with fresh flowers or a candle.

Do you have any crafty ideas for silverware?

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On Monday, April 4, 2011, gertie wrote

Wonderful ideas! I'm thinking of making a starburst clock for the kitchen with some old silverware. Still have a bit more to collect before there's enough for the piece. Please drop by our blog to enter a giveaway for six antique blue mason jars at

On Monday, April 4, 2011, Inda in CA wrote

How creative! I've seen silverware that is used hold back curtains, wind-chimes / mobiles, napkin rings, kitchen drawer pulls,(tops removed) also place card holders ~ also forks stem -in the food- used as food labels at a buffet. ((BUT)) never this!


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