The Gym Bunny's Guide to Making an Egg Cup from a Bent Fork

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Learn how to turn a metal fork into an egg cup… using ONLY muscles and a hammer!

And, may I add… not any old egg cup, one of the COOLEST egg cups on the internet!

But be prepared… you’ll get quite an upper body workout (not that a bit of exercise is a bad thing)! Just, follow the simple steps below…

Egg cup made from a repurposed (recycled) fork
An old bent fork, throw it away…
Egg cup made from a repurposed (recycled) fork
…but wait, it’s an egg cup holder.
Egg cup made from a repurposed (recycled) fork
It makes your eggs even sunnier!

What will I learn?

1) Figuring out what you can make from the humble metal fork is a great way to challenge your creative thinking.

2) Some objects can be repurposed by doing nothing more than changing their shape, always explore simple options first.

3) It adds charm when you can still see what the original object was before it was repurposed (this egg cup was clearly made from a fork!).

Step by step guide

Warm up those arm muscles and then follow the instructions below.

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First, here’s a couple of things you need, one mandatory one optional…

How to make secret agent treasure box: illustration 1

Yes, the technique I used required serious elbow grease, so you might need the services of a ‘strong man’ (A). You’ll definitely need a metal fork (B).

Bend the fork
How to repurpose (recycle) an old fork into an egg cup: illustration 2

Place the handle of a metal fork inbetween the claws of a hammer and bend the fork into a U-shape by applying pressure to the end with the tines (1).

Now hook the bend over one claw and twist the tines part of the fork upwards, it needs to be at right angles to the rest of the fork (2).

How to repurpose (recycle) an old fork into an egg cup: illustration 3

Continue to bend and shape the fork until the handle acts as a stable base (3).

How to repurpose (recycle) an old fork into an egg cup: illustration 4

Use the pliers to bend the two outside tines and two inside tines in opposite directions (4). Now, looking from the top down, bend the two central tines apart (5).

Boil the egg
How to repurpose (recycle) an old fork into an egg cup: illustration 5

Finally, curve the tines using pliers until the egg is supported snugly (6).

Now go boil an egg and try out your cool new bent fork egg cup!

Please note: The ideal fork will have long tines (able to cradle an egg) and a handle long enough to form a stable base.

Materials

  • Old metal fork with long tines
  • Claw hammer
  • Pliers
  • Strong muscles!

Give it your own twist

Do some Googling and you’ll find some really imaginative examples of recycled forks. Can you add some new ideas to the list?

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Scott Bedford

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