Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Flatware Ornaments and Bud Vases


I've been picking up old tarnished and mismatched flatware from flea markets and yard sales for years; sometimes one piece at a time and sometimes in bulk.  The stainless steel knife blades are too hard for stamping, so most of them have been getting bundled up and resold until I finally figured out a way to repurpose them.

The inside is hollow which makes these light enough to hang on the tree, or to hang around just about anywhere.

I used a hacksaw to cut off the handle from the blade.  Oops, the first cut was too close to the blade, so I had to make a second cut far enough down to expose the hollow handle.

I drilled a small hole about 1/8" from the top, glued some silver glitter around the top to soften the cut, added a jump ring, and tied on a ribbon.

Matte Mod Podge was used to attach the individual letters on the front.

A beaded angel hangs from the jump ring.

~ peace ~
I made the flower charm by flattening the aluminum top of a glass ornament, then I glued a button and lavender rhinestone on top.  I have several more waiting to be decorated for any season or occasion...they make sweet little bud vases too.


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55 comments:

  1. Very unique and awfully special! Love, love them all!
    Hugs & Best Wishes,
    Loetta

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  2. What beautiful silverware ornaments!They add so much charm to your beautiful tree!
    xx
    Anne

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  3. Be still my heart...these are gorgeous!!! Your imagination never ceases to amaze me!!! Merry Christmas!!!

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  4. They're fabulous, Betsy. The details make them perfect ornaments.

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  5. Those are so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing how to do them.

    Patty

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  6. Betsy, I am sure I sound like a broken record by now but I mean it every time I say that your creativity astounds me!

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  7. Ditto what Kathy said!!!

    I LOVE mine!!! It will remain out in my creative space all year once I take the tree down!!

    We're heading to Nevada City today, burrrrrrr!

    xoxo

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  8. Those are absolutely beautiful!

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  9. Great idea and pretty! Thanks for the tutorial on how you made them.

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  10. These are wonderful! I've been saving knives too...thanks for the inspiration!!

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  11. Betsy...they are beautiful!! I love angels, so that one is my favorite!!
    ~Cindy

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  12. These are absolutely gorgeous, Betsy! I'd love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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  13. Another amazing craft by Betsy! I love these and think they look really great on a tree! hugs, Linda

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  14. Betsy, you are always so clever and talented! Love these! :)
    Susan

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  15. What a wonderful idea. You just continue to have the most unique ideas for repurposing your treasures.

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  16. OMG... How the heck do you THINK of these fab ideas? They are so beautiful! What an awesome decoration idea.

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  17. Another fabulously creative project! I love it

    Carol

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  18. I love the one that says Peace...with the touch of lavender! They are so unique...only you could imagine how beautiful they would be!

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  19. these are terrific.

    i would love to try my hand at making some. i have 2 questions:
    1.
    what kind of glue do you use to keep the glitter stuck on?
    2. did you use a small drill bit to make the hole?

    since it is soft metal, i wounder how easy or difficult it would be to sand or grind the cut edges smooth? have you tried doing that?
    anyway, lovely!

    thanks for sharing the idea.
    happy holidays!

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  20. I used Diamond Glaze for the glitter, and yes, I used a small drill bit for the hole. I did use a dremel with a sanding bit to smooth it out, but added the glitter to soften the whole look.

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  21. These are so pretty and you made it look so easy too. Thanks for sharing your secret.

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  22. I love those. So so pretty. You are amazing! That's such a clever way to repurpose. I need to visit your shop!!
    Karen

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  23. Betsy you never cease to amaze me. I LOVE these. I wish you a very merry Christmas.

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  24. I've seen them used as bud vases before, but not as ornaments! Yours are just beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Betsy!

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  25. I never thought of this Betsy! It looks so elegant and it's like those extravagant decors I see in posh hotels. Genius! Wishing you a happy Christmas and more crafts to amaze everyone :)

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  26. Very cute idea! Love the little angels!

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  27. I'm in love with your handle ornaments, Betsy! They are fantastic!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family and a wonderful New Year!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  28. These ARE very inspiring! Thank you for showing me how to do it!

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  29. so gorgeous!! so you cut them yourself { I'm impressed} I would yelling for hubby ~ Merry Christmas betsy, glad we've gotten to know each other and share our vintage crafty passion with each other:):)

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  30. These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Jody

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  31. Wow! I love this idea. You're so resourceful, once again I'm speechless (which says a lot, considering that never happens to me!) They're all beautiful and look gorgeous on the tree. Happy holidays!

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  32. Very beautiful!!
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!
    Hugs from me!
    Linda

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  33. So pretty!!! And I love your little "snowflake" charm idea too...so clever :)

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  34. beautiful! I love these. They make very pretty tree ornaments.
    For the rest of the year... chain pulls for lights and fans!

    great idea, Pat

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  35. I love this idea--so very pretty! I can totally see them being used at other times of year as well.

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  36. Holy crackers!! I adore these! Your creativity knows no bounds! Would you be my neighbor?

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  37. Adorable....question is, are these silver plated or just everyday type flatware? Nice job by the way.

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  38. These knives have silver plated handles, but the blades on most of them are stainless steel.

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  39. Your creativity is almost unbelievable. Your ornaments made from knife handles are absolutely beautiful.

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  40. They are so pretty! What wonderful ornaments, I love how you found a way to reuse them!

    I am linking over from "the Answer is Chocolate Link Party" hope to see you drop by too.

    Hugs, antonella :-)

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  41. I love these! I have some silver-plate knives that are getting a new life today. Adorable!

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  42. Knew it was you before I even clicked on the picture. Gorgeous as always. So special. I can just see the look on my husband's face now when I say I need to get a hacksaw lol. Thanks so much for linking up.

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  43. Adorable! Can I ask where you found the tear drop shape crystal for the angel. My daughter and I having been wanting to make some but can't find that shape.

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  44. Adorable! Can I ask where you found the tear drop shape crystal for the angel. My daughter and I having been wanting to make some but can't find that shape.

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  45. Featured YOU today on my "Best Of The Weekend" post!!! These are GORGEOUS!
    Hope you can pop over to my page when you have a chance! :) Merry Christmas! - Claire
    http://wp.me/p2ZsWv-yY

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  46. A wonderfully clever use for unwanted cutlery ;-)

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  47. These are wonderful, and you are always so nice to share techniques with us.
    sweet blessings and Merry Christmas my friend.

    barb

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  48. These are beautiful - what a great idea - hopping over from kathy's link at Kluless. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts. Happy new year

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  49. so pretty Betsy! You did a wonderful job on this project.
    I like Patricia's suggestion to use for "pulls".
    thanks so much for sharing at CCC, catching you!
    gail

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  50. Well it's March and I just found these !! They are beautiful!! I'll be a new follower!

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  51. Love these, so I'm pinning them too!
    Bliss

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