Sometimes you end up with more cutlery than you know what to do with. It's not a bad problem to have, seeing as you'll never run out of forks, but more forks means more dishes to wash, which is a problem no one wants to have. Instead of throwing away those helpful tools that assisted you in the enjoyment of delicious meals past, appreciate them by finding a creative use for them. Believe it or not, old eating utensils can be transformed into great hooks for hanging purses, reusable grocery bags, or even keys! Follow these six steps to upcycle your old forks into neat hooks.
You will need:
- Soft hammer (rubber or rawhide)
- Old fork or one you are just willing to sacrifice
- Assortment of pliers
- Drill with standard screw-sized bit (not pictured)
- Protective eyewear (not pictured)
- Strong hands (not pictured)
1. First, hammer out the fork until it is completely flat. Make sure you are using a soft hammer so you do not damage the fork in the process. It is best to place the fork upside-down and begin hammering it flat, then flip it to finish it up. This is a lot harder than it would seem and can take a decent amount of time. To make the time pass quicker, think of something that makes you really angry, such as energy waste, to zone out while you're pounding away.
2. Next, use your pliers to decoratively shape the fork's prongs to your liking. Be sure to keep a firm grip on the fork while fashioning the prongs, as to not let it slip and cause an accident. There are many ways to shape prongs, just be sure to keep them moderately flat so your finished product won't poke you when you hang things.
3. Now, put on your protective eyewear and use caution while you drill a screw hole in the center of what will be the mounting piece. Be patient and let the drill bit gradually reach the other side, otherwise you will break the bit or even worse, hurt yourself. Once the hole is complete, wait a minute before touching the fork, as it will be hot from the metal-on-metal friction.
4. Once your fork has cooled, test to ensure it is still flat by holding it against a wall. If it has bent during the prong bending or drilling process, take a moment to hammer it out until it once again lays flat against the wall.
5. Use your strong hands to shape the handle into a hook. It helps to go against the natural curve of the handle but be gentle; this spot can easily become vulnerable and snap. If you're having trouble, lay the fork on your work surface edge with the handle free and use the edge's resistance to your benefit.