Vintage Silverware Art

4 Materials
2 Hours

Old, mismatched silverware can easily be found if you don't have a stash of it yourself. This simple, easy DIY project elevates the humble fork, spoon and knife to unique art status. A great way to enjoy some of those vintage, sentimental pieces everyday!

Gather some vintage or old silverware and a drill. If lots of details, flowers and scrolly patterns are your style, go with those. If mid-century mod is more your look, choose silverware that is straighter and more simple.

Choose a word you want to spell out with the silverware. Straight-lined letters will be easier than anything curvy. The word "EAT" is a perfect word for some kitchen art. Play around with how you want the silverware to face and overlap. You can copy this layout if you want! Snap a pic on your phone of the layout you decide on, so you can remember.

Choose a board to attach the silverware to. We chose some old chippy green beadboard to harmonize with the vintage green color in our kitchen. If you're going for a more mod or farmhouse look, something simpler and sleeker would work. Maybe a black or white painted smooth board.

Using a ball peen hammer, flatten the silverware ends and curves. You can leave the designed end the same.

Decide where you're going to attach the silverware to the board. The necks are too skinny and the spreading part of the knives was hard to drill through. Try not to interrupt the pretty designs too much either. Drill holes in the silverware at your anchor points.

Using non-shiny rounded screws, anchor the silverware in place, overlapping joints as desired.

Enjoy your totally custom Vintage Silverware Art! For more vintage repurposing projects and a checklist to promote your repurposing ideas, visit the whole blog post!

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Frequently asked questions

 2  questions
  • Sailor on Oct 26, 2019

    Cute idea,but wouldn’t hot glue or gorilla glue hold eveything together with less effort ,just asking because I don’t have a drill.

    • Lora Bloomquist on Oct 26, 2019

      Yes, I'm sure a strong adhesive would work just fine!

    • Tammy on Nov 02, 2019

      Gorilla Glue expands a lot and doesn’t clean up well so you have to use it very sparingly with caution and WAIT until it completely dries. I made this mistake doing a very similar project.

    • Carolyn Davis on Nov 02, 2019

      Try a glue called Goop. It is quick and holds almost any thing.

    • Mary McDonald on Nov 02, 2019

      E6000 is my go-to. It gets tacky before long and once dry is permanent yet I’ve used the glue on projects I didn’t like and was able to peel the dried glue off with a little work.

  • Kathy on Oct 26, 2019

    HI! What a great idea! They'd make great gifts! I love it and would love to try it. Could you please tell me if it was hard to drill through the silverware and if you used a special drill bit? Thank you and take care! :)

    • Lora Bloomquist on Oct 27, 2019

      It was not hard to drill through the silverware, Kathy. We used our drillpress, but you could use a normal drill & bits. Definitely wear safety glasses!

    • Susan Shea on Nov 02, 2019

      Glue it. E 6000 or goop.


  • Daisy@TX on Oct 29, 2019

    I really like this I may even try this. I have the cutlery saving for wind chimes but I like this idea better.

  • Lora Bloomquist on Oct 29, 2019

    If you've already got the cutlery saved, then you're ready to roll! Glad you liked it, Daisy. Good luck!

  • Kathrine Anderson on Oct 29, 2019


  • Debbie on Oct 30, 2019

    I made a wind chime with some

    • Stacy on Nov 02, 2019

      That’s what I’m doing as well 🙏

  • Lajuana Longoria on Nov 01, 2019

    This is great. I always run across utensils that catch my eye but never knew what to do with them so I passed them up. Now I know. And watch, I will go look specifically for some and won't be able to find any. Hahahaha. Thanks for this idea!

    • Lora Bloomquist on Nov 02, 2019

      Too funny, Lajuana, that happens to me all the time, too! If I know exactly what I'm looking for I can never find it:( Good luck!

    • Barbara on Nov 03, 2019

      You sound just like me. I was thinking the same thing. But we must not give up on trying to find flat wear, because this is a project that is really cute and can use our imagination the create Christmas gifts that are unique.

      Thankyou for this idea Lora.🤗

  • Doing 4 Welke on Nov 02, 2019

    I have a small tub of vintage silverware that I'm gonna use for this idea!! I'm so EXCITED to try this!! I will try and post pics or give an update!!

    • Lora Bloomquist on Nov 02, 2019

      Yay! Glad you've got the materials already so you can get started. Definitely share your version for us all to see! I'd love if you could find it on Pinterest too, and let others see your version there!

  • Big shot on Nov 05, 2019

  • Clever idea! Thank you for sharing...

  • Sarge on Nov 14, 2019

    This is a great idea! It would really pop if the backdrop was a darker color to make the "silver" stand out.

    • Lora Bloomquist on Nov 22, 2019

      Yes, you could totally change the vibe by the background you use and the silverware. It could go much more modern if you used a more simple, streamlined flatware.

  • Do cute Lora!