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How to Make Cute Flatware Packets Quickly for DIY Wedding Receptions, Picnics

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I used to work with a complete germaphobe. I mean, this guy would carry a bottle of hand sanitizer from his belt loop with a carabiner. No joke. He would constantly point out things at meetings and gatherings that he thought were reprehensible and unsanitary, and sometimes he had a point. A few people grabbing chips from the same bowl, picking up ice, or inadvertently touching half the flatware in a cup while getting what they needed would make him cringe and complain for days. Growing up, I saw my parents plan carefully for dinners and gatherings to help ensure food and utensils remained ‘uncontaminated,’ and I have a minor in hospitality and tourism management (with one class, in particular, that stressed food safety and made us get our ServSafe certification), so all these experiences led me to think carefully about how to set up the buffet at our self-catered wedding reception.

One of the things I absolutely knew I needed to avoid was sticking forks and knives in a communal jar, and I also knew loose napkins would fly away in the breeze. Making up these silverware packets ahead of time solved both problems for me! The flatware was neatly, cleanly contained and easy for people to pick up without stalling the food line, and the napkins avoided being blown all over the ground. Although making up 50+ of these packets seemed like a daunting task, I realized it was easy to streamline the process and was able to knock them out pretty quickly. The leftovers are working hard, too – I’ve been putting them in with Papi Chulo’s lunch so he can have chocolate pudding! These silverware packets are ideal for a DIY reception, backyard party, a picnic, or even just a regular weekday lunch. I hope you enjoy the idea and can put it to use!

Cute and Easy DIY Silverware Packets

Supplies for Easy Flatware Packets

  • Napkins – luncheon size work best
  • Paper favor/treat bags – I used 2.75×4″ bags from Etsy seller Spiral Sage
  • Flatware – I used biodegradable birch ware
  • A piece of cardstock
  • Scissors/a paper cutter
  • Tape (optional)



This is obviously a pretty easy project, but I tried several different variations before I found ‘the best’ way to put these packets together effectively. The way outlined below yields the nicest-looking results that are easiest to assemble!

1. Create a folding template by cutting your cardstock down to size. Make the template about 1/4″ narrower than your bags and tall enough to stick out of the bag a little if inserted. I made my template twice that long, folded it over, and taped it to create a more sturdy template to hold up to all the folding!

make your folding template

2. Position your template on a napkin, an inch or two “in” from the corner with all open edges.

position the template

3. Fold the bottom corner up, as shown.

make bottom fold4. Fold one edge over.

make left fold

5. Fold the other edge over, folding the tip under, if needed. Make sure the fold is straight and crisp, but slightly loose so you can remove the template without tearing the napkin.

make right fold

6. Insert the flatware behind the cardboard template. This ensures it is caught in the pocket you just made and doesn’t fall out the bottom of the napkin!

insert silverware

7. Insert the napkin/flatware combo into a paper treat bag.

insert silverware in bag

8. Once everything is firmly seated in the bag, you can carefully remove the cardboard template.

remove folding form

9. Repeat steps 1-8 as many times as needed and enjoy your cute silverware pouches!

diy silveware pouchesI don’t have any pictures of these in action at our reception, but they worked out very well. It was so incredibly windy that any loose napkins would have been in the ocean long before it was time to eat! They’d work well for holiday cookouts, picnics, or just as a fun way to brighten up a lunchbox.

Have you ever parceled flatware up for a function before? Did you do something like this, or take things in a different direction?



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  • marcie August 18, 2014, 04:54

    I am a bit of a germaphobe, too, although having kids has made me get over it a little bit. 🙂 These packets are such a great idea, and they’re adorable, too! Pinning this to try at my next big gathering.

    • Natashalh August 19, 2014, 13:51

      It’s totally okay! I think a bit of ‘germaphobia’ is helpful. =) Thanks for pinning!

  • Edi August 15, 2014, 08:11

    These turned out so cute! And you’re right about it making the line go more smoothly. Getting individual silverware and a napkin is time-consuming and awkward as you make your way through the line. This is such a clever idea…and clean 🙂
    Love the birch!

  • Paige @ Little Nostalgia August 15, 2014, 03:20

    These are so cute! I like that you didn’t have to tie anything around them, which is what I see for a lot of other silverware packets. These seem like they’re much quicker to make.

    • Natashalh August 15, 2014, 08:19

      The first idea I saw and really liked was the silverware bunched together and held with some really cute washi tape. I did think about tying something, but I realized that it really would take much longer and I was afraid it would look kind of cluttered since they wouldn’t be at place settings. After I figured out the easiest order and how to keep everything from sliding out the bottom when you pulled the napkin out, it went pretty quickly!

  • LeAnn August 14, 2014, 13:36

    How cute!! And I love the birch ware.

    • Natashalh August 15, 2014, 08:22

      It held up fairly well. A couple knives broken (including mine!), but I didn’t hear any reports of splinters or anything, and it’s so much nicer than plastic.

  • Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise August 14, 2014, 08:10

    Fun, clever, cute and necessary!! I always hate the containers of silverware at a self-serve restaurant — cringe cringe! I’m not that nuts over cleanliness, but I do wipe off my silverware and park it on a napkin on the table!! I love all your DIY creations for your wedding!

    • Natashalh August 14, 2014, 09:21

      I do that! I’m so careful not to let my silverware touch the table at a restaurant.

  • Duni August 14, 2014, 08:04

    I love these! I love everything about your DIY wedding 🙂
    I may not be as fanatical as your former co-worker, but I do feel a bit uncomfortable picking up flatware that is all jumbled together in one container. Also, I don’t eat those food samples in supermarkets. Anyone could have sneezed on those, right? 😉

    • Natashalh August 14, 2014, 09:20

      Yeah, it kind of weirds me out, too, knowing everyone has picked over something! I usually avoid samples unless I see the person putting it together fresh right then so I know it hasn’t been sitting about.

  • Marieken August 14, 2014, 07:46

    These are so festive! I love how cute all of them look together.

    • Natashalh August 14, 2014, 09:21

      Thank you! Blue and purple kind of ended up being our colors, even though we didn’t sit down and pick them out formally or anything.

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