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Friendsgiving in the forest: DIY Bronzed Glass plates & silverware


Hey everyone! Welcome to the next edition of the Friendsgiving in the Forest mini-series! On Monday I explained that Jar of Lemons and myself are teaming up to bring you 3 days of making, baking, and creating a great Friendsgiving dinner.

These are the recipes & DIY’s from the first post:

TODAY on Jar of Lemons you’ll find:


Rosemary Pear Shortcake

Pear Infused Water

 Pear Infused Sparkling Water

Oh, and here’s a note about the cake….




Uhhhh-mazing! 🙂 I’m not even kidding guys…I wish I had some right now..lol.

OOOKay, let’s move on before I go search for some baked goodness to satisfy my sugar crave.

Today’s DIY is a pretty important part of any Friendsgiving ( or dinner for that matter). It’s the plates and forks. My vision for the plates was something very simple, yet striking. I wanted it to have color and at first, I wanted lots of color, but as we narrowed down our scheme, I knew that I didn’t want the plates or silverware to compete with all the beautiful colors the food was going to bring. So I settled with using bronze/copper as our pop of color. Metallics are always a good idea when you need something to look chic.

So originally I wanted to dip the plates in paint, but as I read and researched paint that was okay to use on stuff that you eat off- ehh, it was not easy. There are several paints but it wasn’t that simple for me to find. SO- I kept looking and found a great solution. IKEA to the rescue!

Bronzed plates

IKEA has glass plates for 99 cents. I know, I was like oh, heck yes! Glass plates are awesome for customizing and the best part is that NO paint gets on the food part. Score. This is how you make it happen!

To make these great Bronzed Glass plates you’ll need:

  • Glass plates (these are the IKEA ones)
  • Masking tape
  • Spray paint (I used Copper)

Alright, so I’m pretty sure you get the concept. It’s basically tape and spray! I taped mine all differently but I wanted them to have concrete lines.
Bronzed Plates

When you spray make sure to NOT spray the front of the plate. You don’t want the food actually touching the paint. Also- is that baby staring at you too?? Haha!

Bronzed Plates

Do this for all your plates and your golden, er, bronzed!

AND now for the forks and knives!

I was in search of some really fancy copper silverware, but omg, it’s can get so expense! So of course I decided to DIY it!

I found these great knives and forks at a thrift store. I chose them all different style because #1. They didn’t have enough of one kind and #2. It gives the table that shabby chic look 😉

Bronzed Silverware

The more detail you can get on the handle, the better they will look. Okay so the concept is the same, after you’ve washed them and dried them really good- tape and spray!

Bronzed Forks

And just like the plates, don’t spray on the part you use to eat 🙂

Bronzed silverware

Tadaa! Don’t they look good?! okay now the last step after you’ve let them dry is to take the tape off. With these it can be a little bit of a hassle so I highly recommend using this stuff:

Bronzed Silverwares

Spritz a little on a paper towel and go to town on any area that might have a little tape residue left on.

And you’re set! A beautiful look to any table 🙂 They go really great with the bronzed glass plates.

Bronzed Silverware

Bronzed Plates

Bronzed Plates

The look you can achieve is pretty endless. I make almost all of my plates different designs- but keeping them all the same can make a beautiful statement too.

Bronzed Plates

And there you have it folks. An easy and very unique table setting. Doesn’t it look good with the table? One of the best parts about glass plates is that you get to see the table too 😉

Don’t forget to check out the delish recipes Jar of Lemons has today! And make sure to come back Friday to see the end of this week’s mini series! See you all soon.

Friendsgiving in the Forest- DIY Bronzed Glass plates

About Cari

Generation Y child with a love of gummy worms, rainy days, and kids books with lots of pictures.

6 comments on “Friendsgiving in the forest: DIY Bronzed Glass plates & silverware

  1. February 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hello, what a beautiful and easy idea. The end result is just gorgeous.
    How long does the paint last? Can we wash there normally?

    • February 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Khadija- the paint has lasted quite well! I’ve washed them in the dishwasher before, but recommend hand-washing just to make sure they last longer. Thanks!

  2. February 23, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Do you need to hand wash or is dishwasher ok?

    • February 25, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Mari- I found that a dishwasher was actually fine, but for the long run handwashing is best!

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