Hi there! It’s the second Wednesday of April and that means it’s time for another Thrifty Chicks challenge. This month it’s silverware. The idea is to upcyle the challenge item into something beautiful for your home. I think you’ll agree once you’ve seen all of the projects, that we’ve achieved our goal!
For my project, I took some left-over silver-plated forks and turned them into darling DIY vintage fork easels. I cannot claim this idea as my own, since I’ve seen it many times at various craft and antique shops, but it’s such an attractive and practical reuse, I thought I’d share it with you. I’m pretty sure you’re going to like it 🙂
They are perfect for holding little works of art, like this Victorian calling card, photographs, business cards, or what have you.
You’ll find links to four more projects created by my talented fellow Thrifty Chick friends at the bottom of this post.
Here area few forks that I had collected over the years.
2 pair of “flat nose” pliers (left)
1 pair of “round nose” pliers (right) (optional)
Step 1: (Not shown) Polish your forks with silver polish. It’s much easier to do before turning them into an easels(!).
Step 2: Wrap your scrap fabric around the tine you are working on (not shown). This prevents your pliers from making unsightly marks.
Next, use the flat nose pliers (over the fabric) to bend the two outer tines forward, at just under a 90° angle.
Step 3: Bend the two inner tines backwards at about a 90° angle.
Now for the tricky part. The front two tines need to be adjusted outward in order for your stand to be balanced.
Step 4: Use one pair of flat nose pliers in your left hand to hold the fork just below the tines, while you use the second pair to–with all your strength–pull each outer tine out to the side by about 25° or so.
[Time for truth. I exerted such force trying to move the tines that I developed a blister on the inside of my ring finger. I didn’t realize it until I had completed all four easels, but it was kind of painful. In the future, I’ll probably apply a band aid on the spot before wrestling the forks into submissions.]
Step 5: Use the round nose pliers to curl the ends of the fork tines forward. Curled front tines allows your artwork to be held in place. Curling the back tines is for decoration.
[Alternatively, you can use the flat nose pliers to simply bend the ends of the front tines upward, at a 90° angle, and that will also hold things in place, if less decoratively.]
Done! It takes a little time to get things lined up and looking smart. Mine are NOT perfect. Over time, I’m sure I’ll get better at it, but for right now, I’m pretty pleased with myself, LOL.
This dessert fork easel is perfect for holding my business cards.
The easels work perfectly for displaying antique postcards.
Here’s a look at the back to give you an idea of how they actually work.
They also hold antique photos masterfully, like this one.
And this cutie, too.
I have to say, I am SO glad I tried this project. Even though it created a painful blister, it was well worth the effort. From a dealer point of view, they are wonderfully functional, but also very salable, perhaps in the $6-8 range(?). From a home decorator point of view, they are beautiful on their own, but, as you’ve seen, are designed to hold beautiful things.
Don’t forget to check out my Thrifty Chick friend’s wonderfully creative silverware posts:
1. Spray Painted Silverware Wind Chime by Thrifty Rebel Vintage
2. Upcycled Silverware Lapel Pin by Little Vintage Cottage
3. Vintage Silverware Art for the Kitchen by Lora B. Create & Ponder
4. How to Make a Candle Holder Using a Serving Spoon by Shoppe No. 5
5. DIY Vintage Fork Easel by Adirondack Girl @ Heart (that’s me!)
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