Yogi Berra said, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
Well, I did and then I bent it (see how), drilled it and hung it on my wall. Thanks Yogi!
I am so amazed at my fork bending (I have spoons I can't wait to try next!) that I have already finished two of these canvases. The one above is for my home and fits my bright decor and quirky personality.
You may prefer a more traditional look? I made this second one for a friend who's home is more muted.
To make your own, you will need a fork. Mine are old, silver plated ones from a flea market. It's easier to drill a hole in your fork before you bend it, but trust me, you can do it afterward too. I drilled these myself..... slow and steady wins the race!
You will notice on mine, that I polished the silver. It turns out college Chemistry 101 finally came in handy. Just line a cereal bowl with aluminum foil, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the bowl along with your silver. Then fill the bowl with boiling water. You can literally see the baking soda bubble along the tarnished areas as it transforms the silver. Badly tarnished stuff might take a couple doses!
Once your fork is ready to go, you'll need to get your canvas ready. I used a mix of random acrylic paints, a Cosmo Cricket "Plus" stamp and our heart shaped Creative Canvas for mine. I painted it with a dry-brush technique and then loosely stamped out the pattern.
For my friend, I muted my paints with distress ink and used the tag shaped canvas. I tried stamping some scrolly stuff along the edges, but wasn't too happy with the results. I later went back over that with paint and drew in my own scrollies so that they were darker and warmer in color.
To mount it, I thought I would use a nail directly through the fork and canvas then into the wall. However, I found they are much more secure with a screw.
What's really great is that the tines will hold photos, notes, mail, recipes, etc. The hooks are big enough and sturdy enough to hold anything from a coat or backpack to keys or necklaces. Aren't they cute!