DIY Cutlery January 28, 2016

by Tips & Tricks

You know how the dryer eats socks, and you’re left with mismatched feet for the rest of your days? (Side note, I have a theory on this, comment for more details.)

Well, I don’t know how it happens, but something very similar is going on with my cutlery drawer. I know that I bought service for eight and I know, at one point, I had eight spoons, eight knives, and eight forks. I also know, however, that now I only have six spoons, seven forks, and somehow nine knives. It’s a mess in there, and nothing matches from all the years of replacing! I’m pretty sure silverware falls in my purse while I’m out at restaurants, and/or slips through the slots in my dishwasher into the great abyss.

Anyway, that’s all besides the point. The bottom line is, if your cutlery is old and tarnished, or mismatched to begin with (in shape or in number), it might be time for an art project. Make a statement with your service and get creative! Today, mismatched is a style we’re celebrating.


You’ll need:

  1. Spoons, Forks, Knives
  2. Paint primer
  3. Enamel Paint (colors of your choice)
  4. Acrylic sealer
  5. Waterproof tape


What to do:

  1. Stick the waterproof tape in a line across the handle of the spoon, fork or knife to divide where you want to paint from where you don’t
  2. Paint the handles with primer and allow to dry
  3. Paint the handles with enamel paint and allow to dry
  4. Paint the handles with the acrylic sealer, and allow to dry
  5. Remove the tape, wash, and use!


These utensils are sure to brighten up any place setting! Now with HelloFresh you can make dinner AND your table more exciting!


Happy Cooking & Painting!

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Pam Rochester says:

I KNOW exactly where those socks go! They are eaten by the Tiffle Whiffle Piffle. This creature cleverly disguises itself as a dust bunny. They live under the dryer or the beds. They eat socks–preferably one from your favorite pair. The best protection for the socks is to put them in a lingerie bag before tossing into the washer and the dryer. Evidently, the Tiffle Whiffle Piffle cannot penetrate the bag’s net unless it has been carelessly secured. (Actually, the dryer is not the culprit–the washing machine is. The belt on my washer slipped its path. When I opened up the machine to replace the belt, I found about 5 dozen mismatched pair of socks.)

Genna says:

Thanks for sharing, Pam! I thought I was the only one who knew about the TWP, but it seems we’ve both been victims 🙂

Miranda says:

That’s hilarious!! I am passing this along. Although TWP may be eating my socks I’m pretty sure my teenager’s socks just come to the laundry without a mate. I think they go on vacation under his/her bed.

Genna says:

Ah, the wonderful tropical island of UnderBed…I think that’s where the TWP vacations when the dryer is not in use!

Jessy says:

Can you eat off of them if you paint the upper part..?

Genna says:

It depends on what type of paint you use- just make sure to read the label carefully!

Linda says:

It sounds goofy, but we are an older couple, and have time to use a safety pin to keep our pairs together.

Genna says:

Thanks Linda, that is a GREAT tip! You’re outsmarting the dryer troll!

its the first time ive read this article, cute DIY..a way also for me to permanently match my forks and spoon with different color.

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