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Crafts With Old Silverware and Flatware: Windchimes and More

Updated on January 25, 2015
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What can you make with old silverware and flatware?

Just a Few Ideas
Wind Chimes
Hooks
Jewelry
Shadowbox
Lighting
Other Decor

If you enjoy making crafts with recycled materials, you may enjoy tutorials for projects with old silverware and flatware. With ideas ranging from wind chimes to lighting to shadowboxes, there is something here for everyone. Many of these project are too involved for kids to complete on their own but can make great family projects. Happy crafting!

Where can you find old silverware and flatware?

Many people choose to craft with old silverware because they already have it on hand at home. However, if you're interested in tracking down cheap, attractive pieces, consider the following options.

  • Thrift stores, secondhand stores, and garage sales. You can pick up old sets of flatware for next to nothing at many thrift and secondhand stores as well as garage sales. The selection can be hit or miss, but if you visit these locations on a regular basis, it's worth keeping your eyes open. If you're looking for higher end vintage pieces, consider hitting estate sales.
  • eBay. There are lots of listings on eBay at any given time for vintage silverware lots. The starting bids can vary significantly depending on quality and quantity.
  • Craigslist and freecycle. One of the drawbacks to purchasing weightier items such as silverware online is the shipping costs that come with them. Explore local options on Craigslist and freecycle to avoid these costs.
  • Family and friends. You never know who has a huge lot of old unwanted flatware or even a couple cool pieces that are perfect for a smaller project. Put the word out to people you see on a regular basis.

Tip: Mix up your craft project by spray painting your silverware before you craft with it.

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Wind Chimes

Wind chimes are the most popular project that people make with silverware. The concept of a silverware wind chime is very whimsical. There are numerous options for wind chime components. Many people choose to include additional kitchen items, such as butter dishes, teapots, and small bowls. Regardless of the items used, it is important to choose a single strong item that can anchor the hanging silverware pieces. The anchor can be a fork with the tines bent or a larger piece.

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Hooks

You will get an endless stream of compliments about a hook set that has silverware pieces instead of traditional hooks. If you're planning to make your own set of hooks, silverware is a fun, inexpensive option. Forks and spoons both work well as hooks. Consider using hooks for coats and other outerwear, notes/messages (for fork hooks), and kitchen utensils. Some people also use their silverware hooks as planter hangers.

Jewelry

Most of the silverware craft tutorials out there are for décor pieces, but you can also find tutorials for wearable art. Most people turn single forks and spoons into cuff bracelets or fashion spoon heads into pendants. Of course you don't need to feel limited to these ideas. You can stamp, cut, and/or paint your silverware to give it additional visual elements. Some people also add charms and other jewelry components. Finish your piece off with the clasp of your choosing.

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Shadowbox

Putting old silverware in a shadowbox is such a unique idea. It makes a wonderful piece of décor for a kitchen or for a room in any house that has a vintage décor theme. There are numerous ways to customize a piece with different frames, backdrops, and additional components. Are you interested in displaying one of a kind heirloom silverware pieces? This is a great option.

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Lighting

There are tons of stunning images online of silverware chandeliers and other light fixtures. The first link in the list below includes a tutorial for this type of lighting. There is also a tutorial below for a simple tea light wall fixture.

Other Home Décor and Functional Ideas

There are a number of other very creative ideas out there for using old silverware around the house including:

  • Drawer and cabinet pulls and handles.
  • Garden markers.
  • Curtain tiebacks.
  • Napkin rings.
  • Candle holders.
  • Re-purposed clock.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Jackie! Enjoy. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great idea and I see beautiful odd pieces at yard sales all the time. Now I know what to do with them, thanks! ^

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome! Now you have lots of resources if you ever get inspired to do it yourself. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      A friend of mine has spoon hooks in her mud room and they look so awesome. I've often been tempted to do that. Neat ideas for old silverware.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, vesapwoolf! The silverware jewelry sounds gorgeous!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love crafts using repurposed items and this one is no exception. Curtain tiebacks made of silverware are so cute. Here in Peru, there's a craftsman who makes and sells jewelry from old silverware. I have a necklace. She bent the tines around a beautiful stone. These are great ideas and so useful. Voted up across the board!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Carol! I appreciate that feedback.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      How creative and fun. This is a great hub with so many good sources. voting up and pinning.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, sgbrown! That's great. :) Happy crafting!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Such cool ideas and so many wonderful links! I plan on doing some crafts this spring, I am bookmarking your hub! Up and awesome! :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, anuramkumar! That's great that you found some new ideas here.

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      anuramkumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Interesting options...thought of windchimes; however, others are new to me. Great hub. Voted up.