Repurposed Silver Cake Server

cake server curtain tie backI’m always looking for different ways to repurpose things, and when I need something for a practical purpose I love to make it fun as well. So I thought it would be fun to repurpose a silver cake server from my stash into a curtain tie back.


A few weeks ago I shared this vintage pink beaded curtain that I thrifted for $3.
It looks absolutely perfect in my craft room.  The only problem is that the light coming in through the windows is tinted pink, which is fine most of the time but not so good for taking pictures for blog posts.

Enter Plan A.

This $1 vintage silver plated cake server on a pink hued, but supposed to be white, background.

It was a perfect choice because it already had holes in its handle end.



Ooops! Bending it didn’t work.

Now it’s a broken vintage silver cake server on a pink hued, but supposed to be white, background.

Oh well, it’ll be saved and used for something else some day.

silver cake server

Enter Plan B’s $1 vintage silver plated cake server on a pink hued, but supposed to be white, background.

Drilling a hole into silverware


Ah, that’s what the white background is supposed to look like.


I drilled two holes into the end of the cake server, using a 1/16″ metal drill bit.
Drilling a hole into silverwareI chose this one for its lovely rose pattern.
silver pie server curtain tie back
I found the two smallest screws that I could find and screwed them into the window molding at the height I wanted.
repurposed silver cake server

I don’t have a pic of bending the cake server, but this one bent very nicely.


Silver server curtain tie back

I love the simplicity of the pretty floral cut out so I’m leaving it as is.


Silver pie server curtain tie back

Sometimes there’s no need for bling.

What? Did I just say that. lol.


Silver pie server curtain tie back

Now when I’m taking pics I’ll just pull the beaded curtain around the tie back.


Silver cake server curtain tie back

I added a lovely green sheer scarf to the top of the window to finish it off, and that’s it.

This is a quick and easy project. I might  just do this with all my curtains.

Thanks so much for reading!

Keep on keepin on!

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  1. Very nice! And it looks lovely with the beads! So tell me, what will you do with the broken one? Toss it? Or save the parts for another project?! Dona

    1. Hi Dona! It will definitely be saved to be repusposed another day. I can't throw it away. It's too pretty, even in pieces. lol.

  2. Now you've made me want to pull out some power tools! Great solution for the bead curtain.

  3. Clever! I actually like the second cake server better, the floral cut-out is such a sweet detail. I never thought that pink could be a bad thing, but you're right…pink light is not very photo-friendly. 🙂 –Fran

  4. You are so fabulous, Tuula! What a clever use for an old cake server 🙂 Happy hugs!

  5. What a fantastic idea Tuula – it looks brilliant as a tie back !
    And those beaded curtains are soooo cool !

  6. What a fun post, I'm still laughing about your pink supposed to be white background. Love your silver curtain holder, so pretty and clever.

  7. I love your pink hue!!! I am so glad your second server bent like it was supposed to! This is a fantastic idea Tuula Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Perfect touch of tarnish. Keeps it Boho and not kitsch. (I love kitsch but not when one is going for Boho)

  9. That is so pretty and clever! What kind of drill do you use for drilling that silverware? Thank you for sharing..Isn't thrifting so much fun?


  10. Guess that means you're in the pink right? I just made (not posted) a project with bending those tiny spoons from vacations and had an opps as well. Not sure why some snap off using the same process, must be what the inside is made from.

  11. That would be awesome in a kitchen window with a large serving spoon as well. Thanks for the idea.
    Peabea ~ visiting from Roses of Inspiration.

  12. A nice idea and so beautiful with the cake server. It is amazing !!!
    What a pitty that you broke the first.

    1. Thanks so much! I was a little sad about breaking the first one, but it will get used in some way at a later date I'm sure.

  13. Such a cute idea Tuula. I love it!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. Dearest Tuula, I'm so happy you shared your lovely post with us at Roses of Inspiration. Thank you, my friend!

  15. What a great idea and those pink beaded curtains are so unique! Could you use the broken piece as a necklace pendant? Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  16. So very clever!! That beaded pink curtain is great. The way you have it slung through the serving spoon tie back has me imagining that a flapper from the 20's is going to come around the corner at any moment. Awesomely vintage!!