I have been picking up silverplate for a few years now. On any given day, you can find LOTS of it at Thrift Stores, Antique Malls or Flea Markets. Trays, butter dishes, creamers, teapots, you name it!!
Usually, the older pieces are tarnished and dark. When I first started collecting, I would polish all my silverplate pieces... not anymore... the darker the better! I never polish... Do you?
When displaying silver, I just have my pieces grouped together on shelves. It's starting to look a bit cluttered, and boring. This was becoming frustrating because collecting silverplate is easy, inexpensive, and fun!
My very favorite place to purchase silverplate is Salvation Army. Most of my silver pieces cost under $7 each.
So.... what do you do with all your silver??
You plant succulents in them, of course!
I got this great planting idea from my friend, Kymberley, owner of 3FineGrains .
With inspiration, I gathered up my silver and went shopping!!
Can you believe I almost gave away this silver urn?
It had horrid fake flowers glued into it and didn't look good anywhere in my house.
Good thing I took a closer look at it! When I removed the flowers, it was stunning!
I love the silver's texture and the little emblem on it...
These horse (or lion?) handles didn't even show before..
...and now they are the focal point of the urn!
This little silver creamer is a birthday gift for a very good friend.
I love the scalloped edge and the delicate silver beading at the top...
I think she will appreciate the delicate etching
and her monogrammed "B"initial.
This silver container is an antique butter dish...
Can you see the little hooks on it for the butter knife. This silver piece has a few small dents which adds to it's vintage charm. Love the silver edging at the top. Having the lid to display is a bonus too!
Here's what you will need to complete this project:
1. Silver Containers with at least a 3" depth to hold your succulents
2. Soil made for Cactus
3. Small Gravel to help with drainage
4. Succulents 3 or 4 varieties
At Home Depot, I purchased the smallest size containers of Succulents. Each mini container was approximately 79 cents. I spread a small amount of gravel rocks in bottom of my container, added a layer of cactus mix and then added in my succulents. I tried to vary the color and texture in each container.
Here's the BEST part.....
This project took me only 10 minutes to complete! Great use of the silver you have piled high in your cupboards!
Perfect little gift, don't you think!?!
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