Eating is a big event in our house, so we own a lot of cutlery. Even so, we’re somehow always finding ourselves with pieces missing from the set and mismatched forks and spoons all over the place. We’re not too picky about needing all our cutlery to match, but every once in a while we like to clear out the older random pieces and get crafty with them instead of sticking them back in the drawer.
Just in case you love the idea of using your mismatched cutlery for a DIY project or two just as much as we did, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration!
1. Bent fork egg cup
Are you the kind of guest host who adores making a full breakfast with the complete family table experience for your guests and out of town family members who stay the night? Then we think making yourself a few of these bent fork egg holders and adding them to your breakfast plate routine might be nice! Get the full details for making them happen on Make Fun Creating.
2. Bent spoon cupboard handles
If you’re going to get crafty with your household wares, would you actually kind of prefer that people visiting your house be able to see just how creative you can really be in the details of your home? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Homesteading and High Adventures made these adorable cupboard handles from bent spoons!
3. Spoon flower garden ornament
The inside of your house isn’t the only part you can decorate with old cutlery! In fact, there are actually plenty of things you ca make with forks and spoons you don’t need anymore that suit the outside area, yard, or garden better. Check out how Instructables made this fantastic spoon flower garden decor to see precisely what we mean.
4. Stamped spoon herb garden markers
If you’ve never done metal stamping before then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something really fun! We’d suggest getting started trying it out by making something simple, like these letter stamped spoons that A Cultivated Nest turned into simple, adorable herb markers to help them keep their herb garden organized. Stick the spoon handles right into the dirt!
5. Silverware wind chime
Are you actually kind of keen on making something that you could hang inside or outside, depending on the day? Well, if you’ve ever loved the sound of wind chimes (we can’t blame you; we adore them) then we have a feeling you’ll get a kick out of the way Songbird made this set from old spoons and forks string together and embellished with beads!
6. Silverware lampshade
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make a homemade piece from scratch from something you wouldn’t necessarily conventionally craft with then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how DIY Showoff made this fantastically rustic and yet somehow also kitschy cutlery lampshade for one of their hanging lights!
7. Vintage fork napkin rings
Making our own napkin rings from interesting materials might literally be one of our favourite pass times. There are just so many different things you can make them with! We doubt you’ll be surprised, then, that we felt the need to include these fantastic roundly bent fork napkin rings made by Brooklyn Limestone.
8. Fork photo holder
Eggs aren’t the only thing an old fork can hold! We’re actually kind of in love with the way Pretty Handy Girl made a tree-inspired photo stand that uses forks as the “branches”s, letting you slide prints of your favourite photos between the prongs in order to put them on display for everyone to see. We love thew ay they embellished theirs with beads and curled wire for a bit of decorative detail!
9. Old fork bracelet
As if we didn’t already love the simple concept of a bracelet made from an old fork enough as it is, Instructables took it one step further and outlined, step by step, the process of bending the prongs of your old fork inward and down a little on each other to make them look like hearts! The finished piece looks quite rustic, but in an almost ancient way.
10. Ladle succulent planter
Just in case you’re looking for a very simple concept indeed that actually doesn’t required bending or altering your utensil at all, here’s a fantastic tutorial from Home Road that teaches you . how to turn a wall mounted ladle into a little succulent garden! We know a ladle isn’t technically “cutlery”, but the idea was just way too cute to pass up.
11. Kitchen tool votive holders
While we’re on the concept of upcycling other types of kitchen tools besides just cutlery, we think you simply must take a look at the way La Belle Assiette made these absolutely stunning kitchen utensil tea light candle hangers using a series of ladles and whisks that have been wall mounted. There’s something so vintage inspired and calming about these!
12. Bent and stamped spoon coat rack
Are you actually feeling quite intrigued indeed in the idea of doing some letter stamping into the metal of your old utensils but you don’t currently have an herb garden so you just don’t need any plant markers right now? Then we’d suggest giving this fantastic personalized bent spoon coat hanger concept a try instead! Get the full details for making your own on Stroovi.
13. Pretty fork bangle
Just in case you were very interested indeed in the idea of making a lovely bangle from a bent fork but the heart prongs idea just isn’t quite your style? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Beading Gem made this alternative, slightly more modern version in just a few simple steps! Try mimicking their design or created one of your own.
14. Fork place card holders
By now, you’ve probably started imagining just how many different things you can actually use forks as stands for, just like we were when we started collecting ideas and seeing all the different options. Just in case you haven’t quite found the one for you yet, here’s a fantastic tutorial from Smarty Had a Party that shows you how to make bent for place card stands!
15. Vintage spoon table numbers
For your consideration, here’s one more alternative metal stamping concept before we go! Vintage, upcycled, and DIY details in weddings are huge right now so, just in case the fork stand idea we just showed you above isn’t quite what you’re looking for, here’s a tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes that shows you how to make and display flattened and stamped spoon table numbers for your wedding guests instead.