If your kids are anything like mine, they start talking about Halloween months ahead of time. Mostly they talk about what costumes they are going to wear, but they also get really excited about the decorations. Of course, we have our favorite items that we bring out year after year, but we are always on the lookout for things to add to our collection. I also like to get a little more hands on and make Halloween crafts to help us celebrate.
This year, I decided to make DIY splatter silverware. This creepy cutlery is perfect for a Halloween party or even family dinners as it gets closer to October 31.
I made my way to the OC Goodwill Boutique in Tustin to pick up some silverware that I could paint to look perfectly spooky for any themed Halloween table. I’ve been to this Goodwill boutique before and love shopping there. The layout of the store is easy to navigate and I knew right where to look to find silverware for my DIY. The staff is super friendly and I always find tons of cool things.
Since Halloween is just around the corner, the store also has a large costume section filled with great items. They carry both new and used pieces and is a great place to browse if you aren’t sure what costume you want to wear. Not only do they have the clothing items up front, there is also a section in housewares for Halloween decorations.
I hit the jackpot with this black handled cutlery set. It included four 3-piece place settings, with a holder, for $6.99. Black is always a top choice for Halloween decor so these would work really well for my DIY!
- Cutlery (Any kind will work. It doesn’t have to be a complete set or matching! They also can be stainless steal and not plastic or acrylic like the type I found.)
- Red paint (I was almost out of one bottle, so I used two similar colors and mixed them.)
- Disposable bowl to put your paint in
- Large-ish paintbrush
Cover your workspace to protect it from the paint. If you can work outside, that would be ideal. Had I had a large cardboard box, I would have used that to help catch some of the splatters.
Protect the part of the silverware that will touch food by wrapping pieces of paper towel around it and securing with painters tape.
Make sure there is no dirt on the handles to be painted. Simply wipe them down with a damp towel or you can use some rubbing alcohol.
Put a liberal amount of red paint on your paintbrush and tap the brush to create the paint splatters.
To get larger splatters, I hold the brush in one hand and sort of tap the non-paint end of the brush on my other hand. (This can get pretty messy! Which is why placing the silverware inside a box would work well).
Once the paint is dry; coat it with the dishwasher safe coating from Mod Podge if you plan on reusing these again. This will help to keep the paint on longer. Even though the coating is said to be fine for the dishwasher, I’d still hand wash the silverware.
Remove the paper towel and tape and your silverware is ready to be used!
You can find a lot of great entertaining supplies at Goodwill stores. I often pick up white dishes and fun glassware that I can modify at home or use as is. This silverware is pretty creepy, right?
This easy DIY splatter silverware was super simple and really inexpensive to make. This tutorial is perfect for anyone who’d like to be a little crafty even if you don’t have much DIY experience.
With just a few supplies, you can turn ordinary silverware in to something wonderfully spooky for your Halloween table!
Created by: Sharon Garofalow of Cupcakes and Cutlery