Sunday, February 13, 2011

Silverware silhouettes.

Pottery Barn had these metal silverware silhouettes a while ago. Some of you might remember them? I've never stopped thinking about them - I'm a sucker for kitchen related art. When I realized we needed something to decorate the wall opposite our hutch, I knew I had to try and recreate these on the cheap.

We went to Lowe's and picked up an $8 piece of 1/4" thick 4x8 birch plywood. We had them cut it into four 1x2 boards.

I sketched out a fork, spoon, and knife on plain paper. Using some carbon paper Matt snagged from work, I transferred them onto the boards. If you don't have carbon paper, you could cut out the shapes and trace them like a stencil, or scribble with a pencil on the back of the sketch to make some makeshift carbon paper. Either way should work great!

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We don't have a jigsaw, but we do have a multisaw attachment for the Dremel, so that's what we used. Matt cut out the shapes of the silverware, and then used a sanding attachment to smooth the edges. I also sanded by hand around the edges of the cut out and the edges of the board for a smooth finish.

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Dremel

I knew I wanted the silhouettes to be black, but I didn't want them to have even a hint of shine. I had some chalkboard paint on hand from another project, so I used that. I love the matte almost metallic finish. It only took one coat and some touch ups.

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And the finished product:

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Don't mind how off the fork looks in the last picture - the patio door is right next to the table and is casting a weird shadow in the picture.

What do you think!? Not bad for $8 buckaroos right!?

I'm linking up to The DIY Showoff, Craftomaniac, C.R.A.F.T., Dittle Dattle, Metamorphosis Monday, Hope Studios, and Saavy Southern Style, and The Shabby Nest!

130 comments:

  1. Wow! Amazing these look fantastic! Want to make some for my house?

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  2. Hi, I just stopped by from the milspouse weekly round-up (better late than never, right?) and I think this project is just so clever! I'm not a crafter myself usually, but I think I might have to try a variation of this! I'll definitely be back for more.

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  3. AMAZING... love it, it looks great with your table and table runner. WELL DONE! jen

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  4. That's amazing! Great idea! Mr keeps talking about a Dremel. I think it's time to buy him one, especially for crafts for me!

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  5. I love,love,love them!! I am your newest follower, and can't wait to see more!!!

    sageandcocoa.blogspot.com

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  6. So great!! Love when people can find something for less!! On an unrelated note, I love your table runner, do you mind telling me where you bought it?

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  7. Those look great! Would have never thought they were only $8!

    Following from Monday Mingle blog hop.

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  8. I love this! Following from the bloghop! :)

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  9. This project is fantastic! Love it
    Great job
    Christine
    greatoakcircle.com

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  10. Very cool!! I love how you cut out the silhouette instead of the traditional shadowbox idea. It looks so classy!

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  11. That is really nice! Following from Craftomanic Mondays!

    http://justcraftytoday.blogspot.com

    Have a great day!
    Cherie

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  12. Wow! I love how they turned out! It's so cute! I found you through Made By You Mondays and am now a follower.

    Melanie
    youmadethat.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh wow --what a cool idea and it looks gr4eat

    I'm your newest hop follower
    Have a wonderful week

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  14. That is so awesome!! Following you from tutorial Tuesdays. Please stop by my blog when you can. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love this! I just emailed the link to my Sexy Nerd - he needs to make these for us :)

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  16. Wow!! So very cool!!
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  17. Hopping in on Tuesday. I love the silhouette, brilliant. Hope you have a great day.

    BK

    bkwalkerscafe.com

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  18. I really like the silhouette style of this. It's a little different from what one might expect. That's a great 8 bucks spent!

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  19. Very cute. I think I need to stop at Lowes or Home Depot and pick up a Dremel thingy.

    You could probably sell these as a set on Etsy if you wanted.

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  20. That is awesome!!!!!
    From one Callahan to another :)
    Carrie

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  21. super cool! I'm saving this in my inspiration files. Love how they're cut outs. I agree with Amnah. You'd probably do well selling these on etsy

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  22. Oh, you did a great job...they look great! What a fun project..thanks for sharing your secrets! ♥

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  23. These are great, love them, so creative and simple!

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  24. Wow! You did a great job! They look awesome!
    Lacy

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  25. Those are fantastic. They look just like the PB ones. Thanks so much for joining the party. I would love for you to add a link to my party.

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  27. Great job!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  28. great job - these look better than the PB ones I think! :)
    linked over from Kim's party :)
    jenn - greendoordesigns.blogspot.com

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  29. Absolutely gorgeous! New follower from Welcome Wednesday...looking forward to reading all of your creative posts!!

    Mrs. H
    http://myhappilyeveraftertheend.blogspot.com

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  30. I really like that! I love the simple and dramatic style of it.
    Jill - jillmadeit.blogspot.com

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  31. That is really cute!!!

    Following over from Frugal Free window post

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  32. Just following from the Wed. Hop-great piece!

    Hop over to Bocci's Beefs when you get a chance, we'd love to have ya a an official Follower!

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  33. Those do look nice. My kitchen and dining area is too small for that though :( And I'm not sure I can cut a straight line either.

    New follower.
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  34. Im a new follower from the Welcome Wednesday Hop

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  35. That looks really good. Great Job:) New follower from Welcome Wednesday
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  36. Hello! I am your latest follower from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop. I'm glad I found your blog. Please visit mine too if you have some time.

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  37. Cute idea! Very nicely done. :)
    I am here on the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. I am also your newest follower! Have a great day.
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  38. awesome!!!
    Spring is right around the corner. Yay!
    Following you from Welcome Wednesday!
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  39. How neat! Following you over from welcome Wednesday!

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  40. These are fabulous and I so want them. I can't believe how great they look!
    New follower!

    I'd love for you to stop on over. I'm having a fabulous giveaway!

    Megan

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  41. These are awesome! Found you on Wed blog hop. I am your newest follower. Check my blog out and follow?

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  42. I love it! I'm a new follower from the Wed blog hop. I'd love for you to visit my blog and follow back.

    Donna
    http://potofgoldgiveaways.blogspot.com/

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  43. WOW! That is really neat. Great frugal job.

    I am your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday. I hope you will take a second to pop over and say hi :D Have a blessed week!

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  44. Love it! You were featured today on my blog - Today's Top 20! Love if you could stop by!
    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  45. New follower from the hop; hope you pop by for a follow. What a great idea for artwork in the dining room. Looks great! :)

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  46. New follower from welcome wednesday! Great idea. so creative! Hope you will stop by to follow me at www.skinnyonadime.com

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  47. Looks pretty one. Just visiting from Welcome Wednesday and already a follower.

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  48. That's neat! New Follower from Welcome Wednesday you can follow me back if you'd like http://ngrecruiterswife.blogspot.com/

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  49. WOW is a perfect description. They look great.
    Sue

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  50. Now this is adorable. I wouldn't know where to begin to make them. You've got skills, girl!Came here from Welcome Wednesday and am a new follower.

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  51. New follower here! and Former Cali girl!!! We are in Nevada right now with the military..but we miss Cali!

    These are amazing!!! Can I post a link back and maybe a one of the pictures to this in my next post?! This is amazing! I have so many DIY pottery barnish type girlfriends that would simply die over this!!

    so glad to have found you and congrats on being the featured post

    Rheanna @ http://www.cammostylelove.blogspot.com

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  52. Wow, so cool! I am so not good about stuff like this.

    Anyway, I'm a new follower from Welcome Wednesday. Feel free to follow my blog, Roller Coaster Ride @ http://flippertail.blogspot.com. Thanks!

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  53. Hi! I’m your newest follower. Please stop by and follow back when you have a chance. You can also add your blog to our Blog Hop! Have a Sweet Week.
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  54. Now I am the newest follower. I LOVE your creativity!
    I am visiting from I Love My Online Friends..Late..sorry:(

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  55. Hi. Visiting from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. I am your newest follower. I look forward to reading your blog. Please stop by and visit mine.
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    Thanks.

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  56. Blog hopping today and am your newest follower. I hope that 1 of my blogs interests you too.

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    I also do a weekend blog hop, you can link up on tawnasplan.blogspot.com open every Friday-Sunday!
    Thanks
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  57. Fantastic project!! I love how it looks on the wall, impressive!

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  58. Hello from your newest follower. Popping over from Thirsty Thursday bloghop. If you get a moment please visit my blog http://mommywantstoread.blogspot.com/2011/02/thirsty-thursday-blog-hop_17.html

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  59. wow those look fantastic!! Following from Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop. You can follow back at www.pickfamilynonsense.blogspot.com :)

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  60. Congratulations on the new job! It's great to do something you love.

    I'm a new GFC follower from Having Fun Blog Hop. http://www.grandmasguidetolife.blogspot.com

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  61. Wow, that really turned out so nice!

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  62. $8?!!? This is amazing!

    I would love it if you would link to my party, "20 Below Thursday"...which spotlights thrifty ideas under $20!

    http://christinasadventures2010.blogspot.com/2011/02/20-below-thursday-8.html

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  63. Love love love!! Hope you'll share at my linky party tomorrow :)

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  64. popped over from the shabby nest. LOVE THIS!!

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  65. Great job! Love this idea, very nice.

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  66. grea job, highly recommended! i'd make one for my kitchen, yey!!!

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  67. Wow! Very cute! Thanks for linking up to "Meet & Follow Sunday"..have a great weekend.

    www.thethriftymilitarywife.com

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  68. This looks AMAZING...you did GREAT tracing the utisils. I can't believe these only cost $8 to make. WHoo Hoo.

    Dawn @ Mom-a-Logues
    New Follower
    http://www.mom-a-logues.blogspot.com

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  69. They are really cool! Would love to have some too :)

    About the dremel... was it difficult to cut out the fork? Did you went straight for one line cut or "piece for piece" with the fork... mh.. and I definitly need this things for my dremel ^^

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  70. Love, love, love this!!!! So happy I hopped over to your wonderful blog.I look forward to many more visits. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

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  71. P.S. I added you to my blog love page today. Hugs!

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  72. These are awesome! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com today. Grab my "featured" button.

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  73. Hi! New follower from "say hi sunday". Those turned out so great!! I really need to make those. Thanks for the how-to :)

    www.roundaboutshop.blogspot.com

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  74. I featured this project on my blog today...come grab a "featured" button! Congrats! :)

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  75. This is so cute!! You are so talented!

    Hadar

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  76. New follower from Say Hi Sunday blog Hop.
    Hope you have time to follow back.
    http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com

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  77. feautured these today!
    so cute!

    kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  78. That looks so awesome! Great idea!

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  79. Found you through Someday Crafts! These are amazing! Love it! I am now your newest follower!

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  80. Hi!
    I'm your newest follower from Say Hi Sunday! Hope you'll stop by and say hi!

    Have a great week!

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  81. Hi-

    I'm a new follower from Follow Us Monday Morning Blog Hop.

    Would love it if you stopped by and said hello when you get the chance.

    Thanks,
    Becca
    http://beccasperspective.blogspot.com

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  82. That turned out great! I'm your newest follower from the Monday Morning Blog Hop. Would love a follow back: http://meetmarkmakeup.blogspot.com

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  83. incredible. I have been eyeing similar things from Pier 1! You guys are such a great team! <3

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  84. This is amazing! Adding it to my DIY list! :)

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  85. New follower from Follow Me Back Tuesday.
    One vote per email. Verify Vote in an email. Please pay it forward. It's good karma! Laura H Wyoming http://bit.ly/gZ676u

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  86. These are SO awesome!!! Such a great idea!

    ~ Jen @ http://pinstripestopearls.blogspot.com/

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  87. New follower, love it!



    http://chroniclesofacrazymom.blogspot.com/

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  88. Awesome! What a nice change from the painted on ones, which I love, too, anyway. Love love love this!

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  89. I love this so much I featured it this week at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  90. WOW! I love this! You did a great job! And I like the choice of the chalkboard paint. It turned out awesome!

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  91. That's clever, looks great! Your newest follower

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  92. I love this so much! Pier 1 has giant metal forks, spoons & knives in their wall decor, but at $69.95, they are way out of my budget. These are so cute and definitely in my budget.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  93. Just wanted to let you know I featured you this week @ MMM! come on over and grab an I was featured button if you want :)

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  94. I love those!

    Hi there, found you through Making Friends Monday Bloghop. Now following and hope you can drop by at one of mys sites below and follow back. Thanks a lot!
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  95. I've put together a round up of kitchen crafts on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-cool-kitchen-craft-ideas/

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  96. This is awesome, and I just happen to have been looking for something large to hang on my kitchen wall (I have to cover some existing holes). Thanks for the inspiration!

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  97. Found your blog from Thrifty Decor -- I absolutely LOVE this!!! You are so creative!

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  98. I LOVE this!! I would love for you to share it at my Linky Party!

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  99. These look great! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

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  100. These look AWESOME! A really great way to do that! I LOVE them!! I wish I had a saw like that so that I could do more woodworking projects... maybe later, haha!

    http://dojocrafting.blogspot.com

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  101. Really cool!! I just took funky pictures of my silverware to hang in my dining room...if I had a saw like that, I would totally try this! Great job!! New follower from Blissimagesandbeyond, would love if you checked out my blog. :-)

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  102. LOVE this! and totally doing it this weekend! question though... how did you hang it?

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  103. wow these are stunning! I don't know that I can freehand them that well though, eek!

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  104. I copied you :-) THANK YOU! Here's a blog post about it

    http://ladygoats.blogspot.com/2011/03/im-not-widow-and-dining-room-wall-art.html

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  105. Dow did you end up hanging them?

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    1. I hung them with self-adheisve velcro :)

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  106. Would you happen to have a template or know where i can get one for the spoon, fork, and knife? My Mom's birthday is coming up and i would love to make this for her but i cannot draw not even a little bit :( I would be more than happy to pay for it because i really love this.

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    1. I'm sorry, I don't have a template :( But you could probably print out large size stencils and use those!

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  113. Hi,

    I am in love with this! I will be copying it soon, very soon. I just bought and cut the ply wood.

    I am now trying to decide the best way to pencil out the utensils. I think I will print stencils from my printer. However, I was hoping you would give me an idea of the size of the utensils, so I can use those as guidelines to cut out the stencils.

    Eagerly anticipating your response :)

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you for this post!


    Love from Jamaica!

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  114. Hi Danique,

    I sold them when we left California otherwise I'd measure them out for you! My boards were a foot wide and two feet long and I'd say the silverware shapes were about 18 inches long, and then you can keep the width proportionate based on the actual stencil you use. Hope that helps!

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