If you’ve just purchased new silverware, you might be wondering what to do with your old set. Before you abandon all the forks and spoons that got you through every late-night bowl of cereal or Instagram-worthy entrée you cooked, we’ve rounded up five innovative upcycling ideas to repurpose your silverware in a few easy steps.
1. Fashionable Hooks
With a little bending, your old set of silverware can be transformed into a collection of quirky hanging hooks. All you have to do is bend your them into a hook shape, drill a hole through the tops, and nail them to the wall. Use them in the kitchen for a fun place to hang dish towels or other items you need to access quickly. And if you think bending silverware requires Hulk-like strength, use some pliers to get the job done.
2. Napkin Holders
Bend a spoon or fork backwards to make a ring shape and slide a napkin in to impress guests at your next dinner party. To get that perfectly round shape, wrap the utensil around something round like a tennis ball or golf ball. You might even personalize utensils with a steel stamp.
3. Wind Chimes
Drown out the sound of traffic or noisy neighbors with the help of DIY wind chimes made from your silverware. The items you’ll need are about 10 pieces of cutlery, a drill, 10 pieces of durable string, and a round piece of wood or metal. Simply loop string through a hole drilled in the cutlery handle and hang it from the round piece of wood or metal.
Be sure to cut string at different lengths, so your silverware will hang at different heights to create a delicate and peaceful chime when the wind blows. Wind chimes are also a great gift for your friend who loves chilling out in the garden or doing yoga.
4. Cabinet Handles
Skip the trip to Anthropologie and make your own cabinet handles with the help of your upcycled silverware. Use a sledgehammer to flatten that part of the spoon or fork that enters your mouth for easy affixation to the cabinet door. Then bend the utensil and drill a hole where the screw will settle into. Keep in mind that silver is a softer metal than stainless steel. So, if your old silverware is indeed made out of silver, the drilling should come easily. Drilling into stainless steel may take some extra effort. Once the hole is drilled, line up with the holes in your cabinet door and drill in place. You’re set.
5. Silverware Chandelier
Retire your silverware set to the ceiling. Crafting a unique chandelier to be admired by all guests who enter your home. While some chandeliers are seen as gaudy if the surroundings are not up to par, a silverware chandelier is casual enough to match with any décor, but it will still bring in the oohs and ahhs. To save you the hassle of dismantling the chandelier every time you want to clean it, consider painting it with a clear enamel. Once each piece is dry, drill a hole into the ends of your silverware to affix to a hanging light fixture. This is especially useful if you already have a chandelier in your house that hasn’t been updated since the ’70s. Have some other kitchen utensils you’d like to repurpose? Check out these tutorials for light fixtures you can craft from whisks, cheese graters, and more.
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.