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Framed Cocktail Silverware

Framed Cocktail Silverware

I was thrifting with a friend a few months back when I came upon a couple of narrow frames. They were $1.91/each and the store was advertising a “Huge 50% off” Sale. I was all excited to only pay a buck for each of my treasures. Apparently what the sign really meant, though, was 50% off of everything except what I was trying to purchase. I’m only slightly bitter annoyed about that.
The sales clerk assures me that I still got a “great deal” because they’d just marked it down from $4.94. Whatevs. If you’re going to put up a sign that takes up your entire store front, I’m thinkin’ there’s plenty of room for a disclaimer or two. I’m just saying, is all. Again, still not bitter, but it just goes to show just how “frugal” I am.
Take a look at the frame:
The water color is actually kind of cute. I was going to use it in another project, but a freak Christmas bulb painting accident involving red paint ended that option. I ended up Mod Podging right over the original print.
I bought this frame with another project in mind, but one day when I opened my silverware drawer  I spied some heirloom cocktail silverware that’s been in the back of drawer for the past few years. I had a Eureka! moment that had me switchin’ gears, toot sweet.
I guess it was only a partial vision of inspiration because not long after I spray-painted the frame in some lovely Oil-Rubbed Bronze (ORB), I had another Eureka! moment. This one involved Wall Fix and cake decorating tools and you can read about my Embossing Technique using the Piping Style by clicking on the picture. I won’t go into the details since it’s on the other post, but this is how the frame turned out.
embossing -  close up
I tried to mimic the pattern from the vintage silverware onto the frame. I wish this embossing method would have let me show more detailed, but I do think they ended up going together quite nicely.
The silverware really should be called “Yellow-ware” or “Not-Quite-Gold-ware” since there’s a definite yellowish color to it. For some reason the spoons are more yellowed than the forks.
vintage cocktail fork and spoon
I found some scrapbook paper that I thought looked nice with the silverware and that really helped show them to their best advantage. It’s just a little bit of bling, without being too flashy. I bought the paper from JoAnn’s scrapbook paper section. It was with the wedding papers. It has a little cluster of glass beads glued onto the off-white paper. The picture above shows a truer color of the silverware, while the picture just below shows a truer color of the paper. Weird.
For this project, I also got brave and broke out the Gorilla Super Glue to attach the silverware to the scrapbook paper. My challenges with Gorilla’s Super Glue have been well documented (see here and here) but I only had one very brief mishap of gluing my fingers together this go round.
To be honest, I didn’t expect the glue to hold the silverware onto the paper like it has. Because of the arch in the utensils, they are only glued on at the very end of the handle and at the back of the spoon and fork where it rests against the paper, as illustrated above. I didn’t think that was going to give it enough “grip-tion” as my boys like to say.
Bravo, Gorilla. It’s reasons like this that I keep coming back to you, despite your attempts to glue my various body parts together.
In the end, here’s what the whole thing looks like (see? Yellowed silverware, white paper):
embossed frame with vintage cocktail silverware
I have this in my dining room on a shadow box Hubs made for me several years ago out of an old window from our first Ohio home. The handprints in the frame are Daja (right), Buddy (left) and Kiddo (center) from two separate years. I have one from Man Child, too, but it’s a different style so it wasn’t framed with the other kid’s prints. Hubs and the kids made these for me for different Mother’s Day gifts. The pictures on the shelf are of Man Child and the Daja eating things, which amuses me to have in the dining room.
Again, I feel compelled to apologize for the photo quality. Cell phones can only do so much.
embossed frame with cocktail silverware on wall
Cost Breakdown:
Vintage Cocktail Silverware – Free (an “inheritance”)
Scrapbook Paper – $1.99
Frame – $1.91
Mod Podge, Embossing materials, paint – Stock on Hand
Total Project Cost – $3.90
Total Project Time – About 3 hours, (but only because of drying time for paint, embossing and Mod Podge, plus a few indecisive moments about silverware layout)
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  2. SO fun! I love the effect on the frame! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  3. I love how your embossing technique plays off the detail in the silverware! Thanks for being a part of “Amaze Me Monday”.

    ~Dittle Dattle

  4. I love how you made the frame match the silverware pattern. Great job on this. Must keep this in my inspiration folder!

  5. Unbelievably cool. Loads of talent and creativity. Terry

  6. I love how these turned out!

  7. I LOVE this project!! It looks so expensive! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites- Trash to Treasure Tuesday! We are doing a LABEL giveaway today, so come back and check it out!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  8. AWESOME! I love how you did the frame! I love it all! Thanks so much for linking up!
    Made my day!!!

  9. Delightful! I’m definitely going to check out your embossing technique, thanks!

  10. What a lovely way to display the silverware. Gorgeous.

  11. what a great idea…. the silverware looks wonderful… and honestly…how clever were you with the decorating of the simple frame…. my hat’s off to your inventiveness….

  12. It looks really pretty!! I LOVE what you did with the frame. 🙂

  13. very cool embossing technique and I love the silverware in the frame!

  14. Well done! I’m not at all sure I would have come up with that combination, but I love it! I have a small cut crystal relish plate from my Grandma– you want to come up with a clever way for me to display that? 😉 I think pretty framed silverware like that would be a perfect way to decorate my kitchen!

  15. You are just too crafty! Love the frame you frou-froued up with the piping, too. I have some miniature silverware I would like to highlight and I always wondered how I could attach it to a backing- who knew glue? I was going to sew them onto a fabric mat. This is easier! Stay warm- we’re supposed to get hit here w/snow. ~ Sue

  16. OMG!! Love the vintage silverwear as art. So inspired, must try this out, thanks!

  17. That is awesome! I have a spoon and was wanting some ideas, so thanks!!!

  18. wow thats pretty cool, thanks for showing how to do it!

  19. I love this! You inspired me to make something similar for my own kitchen. I featured you today on my favorite things 🙂

  20. Love this! I saw something similar somewhere and had been wanting to try it. Love it!

  21. now i really want to make one of those!

    Come and join me at my first linky party over at

    crafty mondays!

    -The tootsie wootsie

  22. What a great idea!

  23. Suesan, thanks for advice! I don’t have much paper or fabric for background but I’ll try to make it beautiful 🙂

  24. Thanks so much for linking up!

  25. Very pretty!

  26. What a great idea! I’ve been wanting to do something with silverware in my kitchen and now I have the inspiration! I’d love for you to come link this up next Friday at my party:

  27. Great idea…love your choice of flatware – very unique…also looks great where you have it displayed

  28. That frame is so cute. I have the original tutorial bookmarked. I want to try it soon. The silverware idea is good also.

  29. That is so cool. I love looking at your blog for inspiration. I have done a few projects after looking at yours and getting inspiration. Thanks so much Kris

  30. What a cute project! Very shabby and chic, love it. Great complement to your cool frame.

  31. Svetlana, you may need to play around with backgrounds a bit to find the right one. I thought a beige/neutral background would look good with the spoons, but it ended up making the goldish tone look kind of dull.

    I’d love to see a picture when you get it done.

  32. What a great idea!!! i have 6 gold covered teaspoons with ennamel hands and I bought them 6 years ago for framing them. I thougt about gold frame and burlap backgraund

  33. Love the piped embossing! Very cool! And your project turned out wonderfully!!

  34. It looks so cool. I love your embossing method and have been meaning to try it for awhile now. What a neat way to display that awesome silverware. Love it.