When it comes to replacing silverware you generally have two options – purchase new or used.  Choosing to replace your existing set with a used set is a more environmentally friendly option (versus buying new).

So, when you make the decision to replace your silverware, what do you do with your old set? It’s not likely you’ll be able to sell it easily if several pieces are missing. And, tossing it into the trash is the least eco-friendly option there is.

So how about repurposing it through a DIY project? There are many ways to repurpose old silverware that are inventive and beautiful. Here are some DIY projects using old silverware to inspire your inner creative earth lover.

Spoon jewelry
Image courtesy of Liisa Tervinen.

Adorn yourself with jewelry

There are a lot of beautiful jewelry pieces that are made from repurposed silverware. There are some gorgeous bracelets on Etsy using old silverware. Spoon pendants are also a hot item on Etsy as well. And this butterfly brooch is lovely too. Use these an inspiration to make your own jewelry creation.

Update your home décor

Old silverware can become new when you add it to some new pieces for your home. Looking for a unique chandelier for your home? Consider making a silverware chandelier. This gorgeous starburst mirror made from silverware will be the envy of everyone that visits your home. Want to update your kitchen cabinet hardware? Check out this cool idea to use old silverware as door pulls. Always losing your keys? Make an eye catching keychain hook out of your old silverware.

Silverware windchime
Image courtesy of Phil Hilfiker.

Spruce up your yard

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to add some new spice to your yard. These adorable wind chimes will be music to your ears while you sit on the porch. You can make some shiny flowers for your yard with your old silverware for some pretty eye candy. If you’re planting your summer garden and need some plant markers, try making some of your own garden markers out of old spoons.

Have you ever made a DIY project with old silverware? Tell us about it!

Feature image courtesy of Flavio~

By Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.