Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thrifty Gifty #8—Framed Thrift Store Silver/ Recipe Holder

Beyond The Picket Fence

So, I have a list of ideas for this series. For some of them, I know exactly what I’m going to do, and some of them are very vague. I also, for the most part, did not work ahead for this.
This means that several times I’ve been trying to come up with and execute a project in the evening so I can get it posted for the next morning. This is one of those times.
I knew I wanted to do something with pieces of silverware I have picked up here and there at thrift stores. I wasn’t sure what, and since it was 9 pm, I needed to use only items I already had on hand. Here’s what I ended up with.


I took a thrift store frame and spray painted it black (and yes, it was 40 degrees and raining) and put a pretty wrapping paper behind the glass. I had Craig bend the tines of a fork up, and I hot-glued the fork to the glass.


Now, you could skip the bending part and just leave it as a display of pretty silver, maybe adding a couple more forks of different patterns, or a place setting of knife, fork and spoon.



(Imagine that the fork tines aren’t bent, and that the other pieces don’t have cord tied around them because they hang on my kitchen Christmas tree.)

My original idea was actually to use it to hold a photo, which could be changed out whenever you wanted.


That was okay, but as I was sitting here typing, it suddenly occurred to me that it would make a great recipe card holder on your kitchen counter. And it kind of makes more sense, too.


You should be able to make this for $2-$3, max. It would be nice to give it with some pretty recipe cards, either blank, or filled in with your favorite recipes.

Joining Reinvented's Trash to Treasure Tuesday.


Paige said...

That is so darn cute! I am going to try this! Thanks!

Stonefox said...

Holly, I read your comment on THAT family and had to come over here. This idea is so cute! But what I really wanted to say is that I was very touched by your comment on her blog and it resonated with me because I grew up in a Christian home to....but I was taught and modeled conformity and compliance. Furthermore, God is challenging me to change this in my own life and in what I pass down to my own kids. He is doing some amazing things.

I just had to stop by to say keep seeking Him, from a fellow seeker!

Tracy Suzanne said...

What a cute idea! Got to love those up-cycling ideas.


Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Love it! I like it both ways. To use as a recipe holder or as an adorable photo holder IN the kitchen!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love it! What a very cute idea.


Cindy said...

Oh I love this! Great idea Holly :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love it as a recipe card holder OR a photo holder. Great idea! :) Love the background too. :)

Country Dreaming said...

I like both ideas.

steffany said...

This is beautiful. After checking out a couple of your ideas, I have decided I have to follow you. I don't want to miss one. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is such a cute idea! I will definitely be trying it!

Anonymous said...

Very cute! I think I might give this one a try! Thanks.

Cindy from Chippewa Creek said...

Thank you for the inspiration!!!

You have so many ideas! Many are in the bookmarks to hopefully get created for Christmas this year yet!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

You are one crafty chic! You've got my wheels spinning with this one. I have to tell you a little story. When I was 15, I fell in love with the boy I'm married to today. When I was just a girl, he would come over for my older brothers and whatever he left behind I held on to. So, whether it was a spoon or a shirt..just anything. Anyhow, many years later, with kids in college, I still have his spoon from his mother's house. And I've always wanted to mount it as my testament of my first love! Stop by and see my creation this week and let me know what you think!

Barbara said...

Wow, how creative. I can't wait to try it and I think I will make one for my daugher.


Miss G said...

This is fantastic! I like the way it looks a lot. Great job! Kelly

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks again. I did try this idea out and posted it on my blog with a link to you.

Nikki said...

Fabulous!!! I will definitely be trying this one.

bec4 said...

I love old silverware! Thanks for linking up to my first linky party!

Barbara Jean said...

Love your fork art.

barbara jean