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Embellished Utensils | Beach Picnic Craft

Embellished Utensils | Beach Picnic Craft
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Last week I went to Parson’s Beach in Kennebunk, Maine, to celebrate a friend’s birthday with a beach picnic (we referred to it as a Mermaid’s Breakfast).  I love any excuse for a picnic—even early morning ones—and I wanted to make this picnic extra memorable.  I pulled a couple craft projects together that would add to the decor and theme of our meal.  The projects were Embellished Utensils and Sea Glass Bottles.  The embellished utensils were used for serving picnic fare, and the sea glass bottles were used for holding flowers (they could have been used for holding extra utensils, straws, or decorations as well).

Beach Picnic
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Beach Picnic
Beach picnic
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Beach picnic

The picnic was a success! I arrived early to set up a small teepee where the food could be placed in a shaded spot.  I was lucky enough to have a lace tablecloth with a ship on it that was big enough to become the teepee cover.  I put extra linens on the sand to put the food on, and placed the utensils and glass jars around it.  All I had left to do was unpack the food.

Embellished Utensils

Materials Needed to Make Embellished  Utensils

Materials needed to make embellished utensils
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Materials needed to make embellished utensils
  • Vintage silverware
  • Thin wire
  • Beach colored beads and/or beach-themed beads
  • Wire cutters (or scissors that can cut thin wire)
Embellished utensils
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Embellished utensils

Directions to Make Embellished  Utensils

  1. Wash and dry all the utensils.
  2. Cut a piece a wire about 10-12″.
  3. Wrap one end of the wire around the handle of the utensil.  If you are working on a fork, you can wrap the wire around one of the fork tongs instead of the handle, if you prefer.
  4. Twist the wire into place.
  5. String a few beads onto the wire, then wrap the wire around the handle or tong again.  Add more beads, and wrap again.
  6. Continue to add beads and wrap the wire around the utensil until you have about 2 inches of wire left.
  7. Add one final bead and then twist the remaining wire into a loop—this will keep the final bead from slipping off.
  8. Twist or wrap the end of the beaded wire around or onto the handle.

    Embellished utensils
    Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
    Embellished utensils

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Bonnie Thomas

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Bonnie Thomas

Biography:

Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature

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