This post is the third in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “Festive Holiday Drink Garnish”)
How to Make Copper Flatware Knock-Offs
I’m obsessed with all the beautiful mixed metal, copper, rose gold and gold dinneware I’ve seen becoming more and more popular. Someday I hope to own some of these beauties from West Elm, but until then, I wanted something to give a similar feel at a fraction of the cost. These mixed metal DIY dinnerware ended up costing around $3 per set buying all supplies needed (I got enough for 8 sets)!
Now, I’ve seen a few different posts on spraypainting silverware. They are all GREAT! I wanted to share my process and what I did differently. One, I used copper instead of gold! I know that this isn’t a huge difference, but I’ve seen this done in gold before and wanted to give it my own small spin. I love gold, but the copper flatware gives the look a little bit of depth. Second, I used a silverware that was already two-tone. The two piece flatware from Ikea had a plastic handle that set it apart and when painted looked purposeful and helped keep it safer for eating.
A big thank you to the Tigrad, Oregon Orchard Supply Hardware store for the the painting supplies!
Copper Flatware DIY Supplies:
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- Painters Tape
- Copper Spray Paint (I used Krylon Premium Copper Foil Metallic 1070)
- Clear Sealer ( I used Krylon Crystal Clear)
- Ostron Flatware from Ikea
Copper Flatware DIY Directions:
- Make sure your flatware is clean and dry. Do this with your gloves on to prevent the oils from your fingers messing up your paint.
- Cover the eating utensil part of the flatware with painters tape. Make sure this is completely covered— spray paint is not food-safe.
- Put the dinnerware on a flat surface and spray according to the directions on the spary paint can. This may take a couple of coats, do so with 15 seconds in between coats.
- Turn the dinnerware using the paint-tape covered part of the flatware. Continue spraying and turning until the flatware is completely covered.
- Let flatware dry completely. Use your paint directions for drying times. The Krylon Premium paint was dry within 15 minutes, could recoat at anytime, and can be handled after 2 hours. This is not common for many spraypaints.
- After the flatware has dried completely and is completly covered in the copper color, cover in a clear coat according to the directions on the spraypaint.
I don’t have a dishwasher so I have not tested the flatware in the dishwasher. I hand wash carefully trying not to scratch the paint!
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Photos from this project was from a recent Holiday Styled Shoot collaboration between myself and Suzannah of Create/Enjoy and Macey from Motormouth Studio. Check out my main post with links to DIY projects & recipes: “Natural Green and White Holiday Party + Free Printables”