Blog Archive

Monday, October 8, 2018

How to Repurpose a Vintage Meat Grinder

H has a collection of about a dozen vintage meat grinders that he has accumulated over the years.      When I saw some for sale at Hobby Lobby recently I asked H if I could "borrow a few" to use in my Farmhouse style decorating.     Of course he said yes.....what a sweetheart!

Now for some details about how I repurposed the meat grinders.

I attached a wood slice to one of them.......made a napkin holder out of the second one......

And I made a pumpkin holder out of the third one.

I put my meat grinders on the family room dining table and began to create a fall tablescape using them as the centerpiece.......

I turned the largest meat grinder upside down and sat it on a wood slice......

To make a shelf for my meat grinder,    I put a small wood slice in the vise part of it and screwed it down until I felt it was sturdy......

I decorated my wood slice shelf with an assortment of fabric pumpkins that I made......

I put a cute salt and pepper sheep couple,   little pumpkin,  and antlers on the big wood slice.

I used the medium size meat grinder to hold napkins......

I was able to tighten the screw on the handle to make it stand upright making a pocket between it and the grinder to hold the napkins.......

I sat my medium meat grinder on a small plate that matches the salad plates in the place settings........

See how my paper napkins are just wedged in between the handle and the grinder.......

I thought about putting a piece of wood in the vise on the smallest meat grinder,   but I didn't want it to look just like the large one.......

I decided to use the vise bottom like a shelf and placed two teeny pumpkins on it......

I turned the screw on the vise until the pumpkins weren't squashed but just lightly held in place.........

I sat my little meat grinder on a matching plate and added an antler.

The way I designed the largest meat grinder,    it resembles a tiered stand.......

Here is a close up of the place settings I used.......

I hope you got some inspiration on how to use your meat grinders in a different way by turning them upside down.   

Til Next Time.......


  1. Oh my gosh Penny, this is just the most clever idea! How adorable. Jane

  2. Good morning,
    Thanks for your great ideas again. I have several meat grinders I won't part with so now I can display them. You have such a great imagination. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What great ideas:-))) Simply amazing:-))

  4. Clever idea, Penny. My mom had a meat grinder that was well used. I need to ask around to see who has it. Happy Fall!

  5. This is a great idea, Penny! Just pinned. Saw you over at Funky Junk (and well, all the other link parties that we do;) Great repurpose; now I know what to do with that thing when we're not making Swedish sausage for Christmas!

  6. So clever. We had a meat grinder somewhere but we probably gave it away because I didn't know what to do with it. I love the silver metal on yours.

  7. Penny,
    I find myself once again playing catch up as I was busy this week because I was once again a hostess for the Harvest Tea.... I really love how you repurposed these meat grinders!! I especially like how you repurposed the one using the wood slice as a shelf!! Really cute!!

  8. I' m speechless. You never stop to amaze me

  9. Thanks for sharing your clever repurpose at Vintage Charm--pinned!

  10. Oh my goodness Penny, only you can take meat grinders and turn them into something so beautiful and functional. I love what you did. So very creative.

  11. I might suggest solely beneficial in addition to trusted facts, and so find it: Meat grinders

  12. I might suggest solely beneficial in addition to trusted facts, and so find it: Meat grinders


It makes my day to hear from my friends!