What is Trashion you ask? The term was first used in New Zealand in 2004. According to Wikipedia it “is a term for art, jewelry, fashion, and objects for the home created from used, thrown-out, found and repurposed elements.” I love the idea of saving and repurposing unwanted objects to keep them out of our landfills. Keeping the concept of Trashion in mind, I have designed these unique picture ‘frames’ from old silverware.
Trashion Project #1 – Fork Picture ‘Frame’
All you need to make a fork picture ‘frame’ is an old silverware fork and needle-nose pliers. Often, old silverware is tarnished. You can leave the aged patina on the fork or shine it up, depending on what look you’d like. Take needle-nose pliers and bend the two outer tines outwards to the front. Pull them outwards a fraction of an inch. Now make a ¼ ” bend at the very ends of these two tines to hold a picture.
Next, put the needle-nose pliers on the middle tines at their halfway point. Bend the ends back and out towards the sides. You need to bend the tines so that the fork will stand up and be balanced. The handle of the fork usually needs to be bent backwards also. (See the photo on page 2 so you can see the angles the tines need to be bent.)
Decorate with a ribbon bow or leave your fork plain. Set a picture in your new Trashion picture ‘frame’ and enjoy!
Trashion Project #2 – Spoon Picture ‘Frame’
You’ll need an old silver spoon, a picture, and Mod Podge to make this Trashion picture ‘frame’. Bend the handle of the spoon back about a ¼ ” above the spoon’s bowl to form a hanger. Cut out a circle from scrap paper to make a pattern to fit the spoon’s bowl. Center the pattern over the part of your picture that you want on the spoon and cut out. It is sometimes necessary to cut into the edge of the picture so it fits the curvature of the spoon.
Brush Mod Podge onto the spoon. Center the picture onto the spoon and hold it. Let dry. Apply Mod Podge over the picture and let dry. Just like with the silver fork picture ‘frame’ you can add a ribbon to decorate if you’d like.
These Trashion picture ‘frames’ made from old silverware make great gifts for family and friends. The best part is that you’ve given objects that could have ended up in a landfill new life!
For other Trashion projects see my other articles:
Repurpose Old Windows, DIY Felted Purse, DIY Christmas Felted Pillow