When it comes to throwing a bridal shower or having a wedding or even a backyard BBQ, sometimes it’s fun to go the extra mile to do something special. That’s what our DIY silverware pouch is all about! I mean you COULD just stack up napkins and silverware for your guests, but why not create these inexpensive, adorable holders for your individual guests? Whether you lay them at each place setting or have folks get them while they are in line, these are just perfect for your event!
We are going to start by making the patriotic DIY silverware pouch.
Supplies (this is for one set, so multiply by the number of sets you need, and some affiliate links are included):
- Paper bag without a gusset at the bottom – here is a great source for patterned bags, here is a great source for kraft paper ones
- Two small white bags found here
- Fun napkin that is slightly larger than the bag, here are good patterned options
- Set of plastic silverware (knife, fork, spoon), options here
- Cute paper straw (endless adorable options here!)
- Small decorative clothespin (cute hand dyed options here)
- Hole punch (optional)
- Salt and pepper
Now you’re ready to start making your DIY silverware pouch. So fun!
Start by taking your napkin so that the point will stick up out of the bag, and fold the ends in so that the napkin is slightly smaller than the width of the bag (below left). Then slide the napkin into the bag so that it sticks out slightly (below right).
Take your two smaller bags, and write “salt” on one and “pepper” on the other (below left). These are SO ADORABLE. Fill the pouches with a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. THEN fold the top edge of the bags down so that one is longer than the other so that you can see the writing on both (below right). So cute!
Slide the back fold of the salt and pepper pouches over the edge of the envelope (below left), and use the clothespin to clip the salt and pepper bags to the larger bag (below right). It’s starting to take shape!
Slide in your straw and disposable cutlery, and find a height that works for you (below left) for everything to peek out of the bag. Then fold (below right) the bottom of the bag towards the back to keep the silverware, straw and napkin peeking out of the envelope at just the right height. Almost done! This step is optional, but I think it adds an element of cuteness. Cut a piece of twine long enough to go around the entire envelope horizontally while having enough room to tie a bow (below left). Then actually wrap the paper bag with the twine, tie your bow and secure the twine underneath the clothespin (below right).
Voila! Just like that you are done with your DIY silverware pouch.
You can set one at each place setting, or stand them up in a cute container for your guests to grab along the way as they get their food.
Want a non-patriotic option for your cutlery? See our next one.
Our tropical themed one includes a spork, which is cute and functional, a polka dot straw and a solid napkin. The basic difference with this one is that instead of using a clothespin, I used the hole punch to punch holes into the little salt and pepper bags (and just used “S” and “P”) and tied it to the bag with twine. Super cute as a second DIY silverware pouch option!
And that’s it – easy, budget friendly and cute. These are a simple project that will offer a high impact at your next event! Click here for another easy, fun DIY idea.
Want to see more? Check out our segment on Daytime Blue Ridge below!