Have you guys seen painted cutlery before? it’s so much fun, I love how it adds a custom punch of colour to a party. Although it’s been on my list to try for a party for quite a while, I just never got around to it. I felt bad ‘wrecking’ cutlery. Sure, I could have hit the thrift stores and scooped up some old cutlery to freshen up for pennies… but then what do I do with it all? But the idea is SO fun.
So then I spotted these plastic utensils that look like real cutlery and it clicked. I’ll paint the fake stuff! So I grabbed a couple boxes and rushed home to test it out. If you haven’t already guessed, I LOVE the way it turned out! I’m for sure keeping this idea in my back pocket for a future party. And I really love how it could dress up a paper plate party. Can paper plates and plastic cutlery be classy? It’s well on it’s way with these guys.
All you need to craft your own is plastic ‘silverware’, multi-surface acrylic paint, and a foam brush. If you wanted to be perfect, you could tape the end off to paint, but I just free handed the lines and like that they’re all at different heights. I used a foam brush to try eliminate brush strokes. I considered actually dipping the cutlery in paint, but it uses SO much more paint and on something that is disposable, I thought save the paint! Foam brushes are typically wider so they’re easy to get a relatively straight line with as well. It took me three coats of the chartreuse and just two of the turquoise (the same paints I used for these paint ‘dipped’ treasures). I painted one side and the edges first, then flipped and painted the other side once it had dried. It was a bit time consuming because of dry time, but really easy to accomplish.
That’s it- easy right?! I love the extra pop of colour it brings to a paper place setting… super fun! My husband actually likes them so much he thinks I should paint our real silverware. I’m unsure. I have our camping cutlery I might try it out with first, so I’ll let you know how it goes! I’m going to test out some paints and see what works in the dishwasher because I’m not prepared to wash my cutlery by hand!
So what do you think? Do you use paper plates and plastics at parties or do you keep to the real dishware? I know some people are against paper… but now that there’s so many pretty options, I don’t see why not (have you seen the Oh Joy! Christmas ones?? Gorgeous!). And just an informal poll- Would you paint real cutlery?