From The Painted Apron: Painted Flatware


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What should you do when you have some gorgeous new plates, but no flatware to go with them?


Why, paint some of course!!  These are $1 forks from Target, the same forks that I used for the Seashell Flatware


I used glossy acrylic enamel paint and painted the stems about 1/3 of the way up with a yellow I mixed with a touch of white and orange, to mellow it out a little,  and soften the bright yellow color


Don’t fret that it looks like a hot mess at first, patience!! Let that dry thoroughly.


A flat, square brush works great for adding “checks” around the edge


Next a green stem and some leaves


A dot of orange for some color


The paint brush tip end is great for painting perfect dots


Smaller red dots around the leaves and as a border are added between the yellow handle and the rest of the fork

painted flatware

Ta da!  Once it’s finished you don’t notice any little imperfections~


I didn’t try to copy the pattern, just matched the colors and the general feel of the design

painted forks

Stop by on Sunday and I will show you how they look on my Mother’s Day table~

NOTES:  To wash forks, dip unpainted tines and neck of fork in hot soapy water.  Do not soak.  Paint is very durable but is subject to chipping with rough handling.  You can clear coat it with clear nail polish or spray varnish for extra protection, or to get a glossy finish if using matte paint.




This is one of those rare projects that I could do over and over and over again! It’s easy and artistic and fun, fun, FUN! Even if you are not “crafty” this would be one for you to try.
I bet I could even wallpaper a wall with torn napkins! Just kidding… I’m done with wallpaper for a decade or so. I have wasted months of my life scraping wallpaper OFF walls!
Do you have a napkin addiction like I do? I cannot go past pretty paper napkins without getting them. I got this problem from my mother!  So instead of napkins in my drawer they are hanging on my wall!
Now, let’s get going with this easy peasy diy…
Here’s what you will need…
a canvas or two… or 10  ( mine was 12 x 12″ to fit in the chippy frames)
Mod Podge
decorative cocktail napkins
I made both Art Tiles for less than $6.00!
1. Separate the ply of the napkin. You only want to use the top layer that has the design on it.
2. Tear the napkin. I tore some of  the blue area and some flowers. I used several napkins to make each tile. You don’t have to use all of the napkin, only the parts you want.
3. Using a foam brush, apply a very thin layer of Mod Podge. Don’t go overboard! Very very thin!
Lay down the napkin and press gently on to the cavas. Brush another very thin layer of Mod Podge over the napkin layer. If it tears a little don’t worry just try to stick it back together.
4. Continue tearing and pasting.
5. I used the flowers in the napkins to make a pattern of a profusion of blooms.
6. Don’t forget to wrap the pattern around the edges of the art tile.
Once the Art Tile is dry it is ready to hang!
So easy!!!!