I love going to flea markets, junk shops, and antique stores. They all have one thing in common: tons of mismatched silverware! I have been in so many stores that have box after box of tarnish and time worn pieces that are crying out to be used and made into something beautiful and useful again. This silverware lantern or culinary is a fun and easy project that can be made in one hour or less probably. I recommend making three or five and using the silverware candle holder to decorate your dining room table or even to line your fireplace mantel with. Each one should cost you about $25 or less, depending on how much you have to pay for your silverware. I find pieces for about $1 all the time.
To Make an Heirloom silverware luminary or lantern you will need:
Silverware about 10 to 15 spoons, fork’s or knifes
Glass Jar or Vase that fits your Pillar candle
Black Velvet Ribbon
The first step is to clean your glass vase or jar. I like to use Windex because it has ammonia in it. This will help remove any stick residue, which is important for the epoxy glue to really adhere.
Next up you need to clean your silverware. Most of the stuff I find is tarnish beyond belief. You can use and silver cleaner to remove as much of the tarnish as you want. You can also clean silverware by soaking it in some Tide laundry detergent and some water.
Once your silverware is clean you need to make sure it is completely dry.
Now, apply some epoxy glue to the black of your first piece of silverware. Press the silverware to the lass jar or vase. You wan tot place it vertically. You may need to hold it in place for a moment while the glue set a little. You could possibly use cement glue as well, but that stuff is awful to get off your fingers if you get any on there.
Now, you need to move on, but you have to decide what pattern you want to make. You can rotate forks, spoons, and knives. You could do all forks and flip every other one upside down. You could do any pattern you want basically, there are no rules.
Now, finish adhering all of your silverware to the glass jar.
Let your epoxy glue dry completely.
Tie your black velvet ribbon around the silverware and glass jar. Tie a beautiful bow and then cut off the ends of the ribbon to length.
Drop your pillar candle in and you are ready for a beautiful candle lit evening.
Tip: If you are having trouble with your silverware falling off before the epoxy glue has dried you can hold it on with a rubber band or even a piece of twine. I like to put the rubber band around the jar, then slip the silverware loaded up with epoxy glue underneath and then let the rubber band snap back into place.
For a romantic touch you could also put rose petals or even sand in the bottom of your glass jar. The sand is a great fire retardant. The rose petals wile it a wonderful smell as they warm up.