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DIY Glittered Flatware

by Jenny Batt

With the holiday season comes festivities.  My mom always told me…never show up to a holiday shindig without a tiny thank you for your host or hostess. So, I have been thinking and I dreamed this little diy up. Seriously, I had a dream and in it I was creating this diy. Painting, photographing, wrapping…I know it sounds corny, but it went a little something like this…

Materials Needed: wood flatware , glitter paint (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Antique Silver-The secret to this whole project is the glitter paint. Unlike regular glitter the glitter paint doesn’t get glitter everywhere and when dry the glitter doesn’t come off on your fingers! Really!!), and a paint brush. To wrap these lovelies for gifting: wood berry box, 2 sheets of parchment paper, wire twine  and pinking shears.

Use a sheet of wax paper or freezer paper to cover your table before you paint. Start with one layer of paint on the bottom of the handle. Let dry for 10-15 mins and add another layer. Repeat until you have 3 or 4 layers, depending on the amount of coverage you would like. I painted both sides of the flatware. I let each side dry overnight before I started wrapping them.  I also used wood cups, so I could give a matching set for a party throwing pal.

I wanted something simple to wrap them in that could easily be reused by the recipient. These wood berry baskets were perfect and can double as storage for these glittered babies until they get used.  For the filler, take one sheet of parchment paper and fold it into fourths lightly, don’t press your creases. Cut 1/2 inch strips with pinking shears. I used a full sheet to fill the basket. Sort the cutlery by placesetting.  Cut four 1″ wide strips of the second sheet of parchment paper.  Cut each strip in half and wrap each placesetting.  Tie with ribbon or wire.

Place the wrapped sets in the filled berry box.  Cut a four inch wide strip of parchment paper and wrap the berry basket. Tie with decorative ribbon, I got the silver leaf garland ribbon here. Make a bunch all at the same time (save on dry time) and give as gifts to your next dinner party or just give them to sparkle loving friends. It’s guaranteed to brighten that next batch of leftovers they have to bring to work.

  1. Josie

    November 17, 2011

    Made these myself for an upcoming project I’m involved in. So much fun but the glitter gets everywhere!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • November 17, 2011

      Josie, this project is so great because Jenny used glitter paint. When dry, the glitter doesn’t come off! Totally genius!

  2. Emily

    November 17, 2011

    LOVE this idea, Jenny! It’s so festive, pretty, and practical = perfect for the holidays!

  3. Another, more mature, Kelley

    November 17, 2011

    Hey Kelley,
    Didn’t your mother ever teach you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all?

    I happen to think this is an adorably sweet (like all of the other ideas featured on Oh Happy Day) idea.

    -Another Kelley

  4. Cecilia

    November 17, 2011

    I do liked it!

  5. ashley

    November 17, 2011

    i have never seen a bad idea on oh happy day!! have been reading this blog for years and years! thank you.

  6. Kirsteen

    November 17, 2011

    Wow I love this idea! I’m going to do this for my family this year. Fab x

  7. Molly @thewaffler

    November 17, 2011

    So fun! The kids will love this.

  8. @3samovar

    November 17, 2011

    so pretty!

  9. veronica

    November 17, 2011

    what a great idea!

  10. Rachael

    November 17, 2011

    this has definitely inspired me in the way of glitter-gluing ERRYTHANG. thanks dude!

  11. rhiannon

    November 17, 2011

    love this! what a great idea.

  12. Laure

    November 17, 2011

    Oh Happy Day is one of my favorite sites to visit for creative, lovely projects and ideas . Perhaps the glitter doesn’t photograph well, because these look more like a grade school project instead of a hostess gift. Dipping the ends in silver paint and then adding the glitter on top would maybe give it a more finished look. Glitter paint is a great tip and gives me hope of using glitter again with out the lingering mess.

  13. Emily @ Little Bits of Delight

    November 17, 2011

    This is fantastic! I could see these tucked into a fancy picnic basket with bubbly and the like… The little basket and the cups charm the pants off of me! (not literally, of course.) ♥

  14. Garnish

    November 17, 2011

    Brilliant!! You did Garnish proud girl. Glitter paint…that doesn’t rub off?! Double brilliant!!

    Garnish + Enjoy,

    – Suzanne

  15. Elexia

    November 17, 2011

    I absolutely LOVE this idea. I purchased a set of 100 of these utensils and wasn’t sure what to do with them. Now I know! Thanks for sharing!!!

  16. rachel!

    November 17, 2011

    you are brilliant!

  17. Jessica Meyer

    November 17, 2011

    Are we sure these are food-safe?

  18. Brittany

    November 17, 2011

    so cute! and i love the idea of glitter paint instead of pouring glitter all over. will definitely make these!

  19. Anabelle

    November 18, 2011

    Hello Jordan,

    Just found your blog via French Cannes Cannes. Ah! This lovely blog of your just brightened my day! Happiness the way I like it :) I’ll have to come back later to see what other great ideas and pics you have there…

    I am a French girl, Parisian on top of that, and sharing my life with my American darling, and our baby boy, my 10-year-old daughter and his three children. Wow, yes, I know.

    Come visit if you have a minute :)

    Have a lovely day!


  20. Courtney

    November 18, 2011

    gosh, you always post the most fun DIY’s!! this one i would love to try for the “fancy dinner party” i have with my friends every holiday season. i didn’t even know wooden flatware existed and now i am going to be on the hunt!

  21. lyndsey @ the stationery place

    November 18, 2011

    i LOVE this project! what a fun idea — i’m always in need of good hostess gifts, and this one is perfectly unique & classy. great job jenny!!

  22. Sue

    November 18, 2011

    Where did you get those adorable wood cups??

  23. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark!

    November 19, 2011

    This is a great idea. Sparkle is always fabulous!

  24. Betty

    November 20, 2011

    Love your blog- love this idea- am very inspired to have a glittery party of my own :).

  25. Fox and Beau

    November 21, 2011

    Such as great idea! Thanx for the share!

  26. jordan

    November 22, 2011


    Hey All,

    I almost never get unkind comments on my blog and in the rare case I do I always delete it. Jenny worked hard on this project and I personally think its clever. No need to be negative. If you don’t like it consider it your personal opinion and move on.

    On the other hand if you want to be constructive with a suggestion, those comments are always welcome. Pure criticism is not helpful or welcome here.

  27. Mikki Sage

    November 22, 2011

    Hi there! Love you blog and this post… so I reposted on my blog just know.

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