How to make a Shabby Chic Flatware Caddy

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 new silverwear for fun by Jo Naylor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandora_6666/2613031238/) via creative commons.com

 

Keeping my everyday silverware handy is something that I like to do, and with a decorative silverware caddy I can keep it on the table or bring it outside for picnics. This works so well for me because I can keep my nicer silver flatware packed away for special occasions and easily reach for my everyday set. 

There was a silver platter that I had purchased several years ago and used it all this while for my everyday flatware. At most times I would keep a napkin or vintage linen inside it, however it would get dirty so fast it wasn’t worth doing. Now I have decided to change to burlap since its so much in fashion along with it being inexpensive.

Let me tell you how I made the flatware caddy insert with it. The materials you need:

  • A length of burlap that is cut into a square that will fit your specific flatware caddy
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Rubber band
  • And embellishment that you would like to decorate your caddy with

The process that I followed was:

  • I placed the burlap inside the container and gathered the excess in the front of the container.
  • I used a rubber band or a ponytail holder to tie the burlap after putting it together.
  • Use a nice ribbon over the rubber band to cover it. In fact putting an embellishment over the ribbon might be a good idea, you could use anything from a brooch to a flower.
  • The flower can be poked through the burlap and flipped out of the back such that it is secured.

Not only does this entire concoction provide a great look, it works out to be rather inexpensive and easy too. It looks like a rather smart and chic flatware caddy. Despite it being cloth, you can change it often too if it gets dirty. In fact it would be a great way to decorate it and present it to someone special!

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