I’m coming at you today with one of the easiest DIY ideas in the history of just about ever! This one is super budget friendly, requires all of about three supplies, and won’t take you more than an hour to execute. It’s like the trifecta of crafting! I’m talking DIY copper gilded flatware, a look that’s super glam and Insta-chic and that you can easily customize to shine with your preferred metal finish. Make it copper, make it silver, make it gold. Just make it shiny!

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

What I love about the finished product is that you have something that really dresses up a dinner-party place setting without requiring you to make a big investment. Bust out your everyday dinnerware, basic white dinner napkins and wine glasses, and your new forks, spoons, and knives will steal with the show while effortlessly giving you a really elegant look.

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

I’m working with $2 shop flatware here! Or flatware you still have hanging around from your student days. Or stuff you keep stashed away for camping trips. Or the mismatched stuff being sold for a song at op shops. Whatever it is, it will work and it will be beautiful!

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

Supplies:

  • Old flatware
  • Painter’s tape
  • Metallic spray paint (I used copper.)

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

Instructions:

Step 1: Begin by taping off all of your flatware with painter’s tape. You’ll want to leave just the handles exposed. Make sure you have a nice secure seal so that no paint ends up on the end you eat from.

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

Step 2: Place your taped flatware on a protected surface (a cardboard box is great), and give the first side two to three light, even coats of spray paint, allowing fifteen minutes or so between coats. Then flip, repeat on the second side, and allow to dry.

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

Step 3: Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel off the tape and you’re all done! Keep in mind that your new glammed-out flatware will not be dishwasher safe. Your best bet is to hand wash, being sure not to scrub excessively on the painted parts.

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

Photos by Cyd Converse/The Sweetest Occasion for Mumtastic

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