Sunday, June 7, 2009

Party cutlery holder

Last week I spent lots of time on my son's graduation--cleaning the house, preparing for guests, looking at baby pictures, crying. You know. The mom thing.

One thing I wanted for his graduation party (and for other parties, for that matter) was some kind of cutlery tray--something to hold plastic forks and spoons. Seems like most of our entertaining is of the casual variety--not a lot of sterling-silver-cutlery parties here. But plastic cutlery won't just lie there nicely on the table; it needs to be corralled.

My budget for this: $0.00. My money needed to go for other things. The cutlery tray was just something that I wanted.

Here's what I came up with.

I rescued this from the trash.

I thought about covering it with colorful paper, but then I decided to keep it neutral so that I could change it up at will, so I was going to cover it with brown kraft paper.

Then I realized that I had a can of spray paint was pretty much the color of kraft paper: "Nutmeg" by Rustoleum. So I spent about 60 seconds spray painting it.

Then I added a green ribbon (for my son's school colors) and some graduation scrapbooking stickers I had picked up. And here's what I ended up with:

And for my next party, I can change out the ribbon and stickers. . .or even leave it plain. Might look cool with just a few strands of raffia tied around it.

Like it? I love it! And it did its job really well. Those plastic forks and spoons never had it so good.

Shared with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and with Kim's Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented


Mrs. Petrie said...

Very clever! I always end up with cutlery in glasses.

Deanna said...

Very cute idea!
Your header is beautiful.
Blessings to you,

Anonymous said...

I'm totally stealing that idea for DDs graduation this Saturday!!! I also have a baby shower coming up next month ....Oh I'm so glad you posted this!!!!

Lisa Shatzer said...

So cute! What a clever idea.

Joyce said...

Great way to recycle and make it to fit any occasion.

Michelle said...

How FUN!

Cathy said...

Too cute!!! What a clever idea!!!

I love your header photo...beautiful!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

ButterYum said...

What an adorable idea!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Fabulous!!!! And it turned out so cute as well.

Jen said...

Now that is real trash to treasure! I love it!

Jane said...

Great idea!

Melissa said...

Very smart you are!

Condo Blues said...

I use those things to keep mustard bottles from tipping over on the door of refrigerator. Yours is much cuter because I didn't decorate mine!

Tia said...

That turned out great! I did one a few weeks ago that I use for my scissors in my craft room. Great repurposing!

janet said...

that is great idea, i normally have mine in cups.

Carol said...

Clever! I wouldn't of thought of that!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

That is a fabulous idea, I love how you can change it up for different occasions! Thanks for linking up to trash to treasure Tuesday, sorry it took me so long to get here! :)
Congrats on your son's graduation!

Nikki said...

This is a great idea.

Patricia said...

WOW is that the most clever and cute utencil holder ever!!!

Kelly W. said...

Great idea! Beats my plastic solo cups!

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