Sunday, August 3, 2014

DIY Kitchen Art

As I posted in a previous entry, I have a new home to decorate!  I really enjoy crafting and doing DIY projects.  I guess I'm too picky and want to do things MY way.  I was trying to decide on a few pieces to hang in my kitchen.  UTENSILS!  Utensils belong in a kitchen!  So, how do I decorate with utensils?  Google usually solves all of those random questions like this one.  So, inspired by a quick Google Images search, I created this for my kitchen wall.

Want to make one yourself?  Here's how!

You Will Need:

  • Metal Flatware - I got mine at Wal-Mart ... $0.94 for 4 piece sets
  • Photo Frames - I wanted simple ones, so these are $2 frames that I painted white.  Use whatever you like.
  • A background image - This can be scrapbook paper or an image that you print.
  • Tape Runner or glue stick
  • Strong adhesive such as E6000
  • Spray Paint
Start by removing the glass and inserts from your frame.  Spray paint your frame (if desired) and flatware in the color of your choice.

While that is drying, measure and trim your image to fit the frame.  Glue it down to the backing part of the frame.  I placed mine under a heavy stack of printer paper to make sure that it would completely stick down.

After the paint is dry, arrange the flatware on your background.  I chose to do groupings of 3 per frame.  I once read that when it comes to design, odd numbers tend to be more appealing to the eye.  Once you are happy with the layout, put some E6000 on the parts of the flatware that touches the background.  Gently press down to make sure that you have good contact.

After the glue dries, place your arrangement into the frame.  You may find that it is not a tight fit with out the glass.  To remedy this, I bent the little prongs inward until I had a tight hold.  Alternately, you way want to add a shim by placing a piece of cardboard behind the backing before pressing the prongs into place.
Change it up by using different types of frames or utensils.  Arrange the utensils differently.  Use a different type of background.  My initial idea was to insert chicken wire and tie the utensils on with raffia or burlap threads.  Make it your own and make it fit your decor.

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