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:

Loretta Thomas said...

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

Anne said...

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

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

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

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

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

pbrenner said...

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

Patty

Kathy said...

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!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

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

Peggy said...

Those are absolutely beautiful!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

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

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Love them, Betsy!!!

marie said...

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

cynthia lee designs said...

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

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

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

Linda @ A La Carte said...

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

must love junk said...

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

Pam said...

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

Maureen said...

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

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Another fabulously creative project! I love it

Carol

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

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!

Rebeca Trevino said...

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!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

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.

Little Miss Maggie said...

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

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

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

Roxanne Reinhart said...

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

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

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

Diane Writes said...

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 :)

UPON A HILL said...

Very cute idea! Love the little angels!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

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

Laurie said...

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

Connie Mercer said...

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:):)

Jody and Stan said...

These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Jody

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

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!

Linda said...

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

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

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

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

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

Blessed Serendipity said...

Really pretty!

xo
Danielle

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

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

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

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

Pam Jackson said...

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

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

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

Trisha said...

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

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

These are beautiful Betsy!

Antonella said...

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 :-)

Daena from Bad Rabbit Vintage said...

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

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

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.

gdyup said...

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.

gdyup said...

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.

Claire @ A Little Claireification said...

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

SweetPepperRose said...

A wonderfully clever use for unwanted cutlery ;-)

Barbara Jean said...

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

barb

CATHY said...

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

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

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

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

These are so so pretty! I love them!

Linda said...

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

Bliss said...

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