4.26.2013

How To: Make Spoon Flowers


What do you get when you mix plastic spoons, candles and a little craft paint? Why, spoon flowers of course! Ever since stumbling upon this idea at Sharon Berry Design (man, that lady's talented!), I've been itching to make my own and share them with you. Sharon's are really spectacular, so you should definitely take a look. These are reminiscent of those gorgeous Anthropologie vases with ceramic flowers that I love, but don't necessarily want spend my pennies on. This little project is a great alternative and just as pretty!

Today I'll show you how I made mine, and I promise after we're done, you're going to want to make some of your own this weekend! #craftivityalert #warningtheycanbeaddicting

Supplies needed:

  • Plastic spoons
  • Candle
  • Lighter/matches
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Acrylic craft paint or spray paint
  • Paint brush

Step 1: Light your candle and grab a plastic spoon.


Hold the spoon an inch or two above the candle, moving it around so the heat distributes as it warms up and starts to melt the plastic. After a few seconds, you'll notice that it'll start to bend, wrinkle and curl up.



It'll start to resemble a flower petal. While the plastic is still warm, it'll maintain its pliability and you can (CAREFULLY - it's hot!) mold it a little if it's not quite the shape you like.

Step 2: Detach the handle from the bowl of the spoon.



I'm sure there are many ways to do this, but I actually found the easiest way to break off the handle was to melt it. Hold the handle over the candle in the area you want to break it off. Once it starts to bend and melt, twist the handle off. It'll break fairly cleanly and you don't have to worry about cracking the "petal" you just made.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have enough petals to make a flower. (I used six petals for each flower.)

Step 4: Attach your petals to one another to form a flower.


You've got two options here to form the flower: melting more plastic, or using a hot glue gun. I used the former method, but the latter is probably easier (ha!). 

I had to use both hands for this part, so I didn't take any photos, but the basic process for attaching the petals to one another is to hold the handle end of the "petal" over the candle until it melts and becomes "sticky." Take a second petal and stick its handle to the end of the one you just melted. The melted plastic acts like glue, and hardens up in a few seconds. Those petals are officially stuck! Continue this process until you've formed a six-petaled flower.

This part took a little bit of artistry and finesse, but I found it worked really well once I got going. There's no wrong way to form the flower - just keep adjusting it until you think it looks right!

Step 5: Paint 'em!


I used yellow and hot pink acrylic craft paint to paint these guys (and left one the original clear). If you want a more polished look, I'd use high gloss spray paint. I liked the matte, imperfect paint look, so I went with that.


It took about three coats of paint to get the coverage I wanted. Make sure you let each coat dry before painting again. I got impatient and tried to paint faster, and it didn't work very well!

Step 6: Attach a flower to a vase.

I bought a bunch of beautiful ranunculus at Trader Joe's and put them in a clear vase. Let's just admire the beauty of these flowers for a moment, shall we?


Ok, back to step 6. Attach a flower to the vase using a dot of hot glue. 


All done! Admire your handiwork and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Now for a photo explosion...I thought these turned out so well that I couldn't resist having a little spoon flower photo shoot. Here it goes!







Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and eye candy. Now go get yourself some plastic spoons and get crafting!

If you make some of these spoon flowers yourself, I'd love to know about it. Leave a comment, tweet me a photo, or link to your blog post! Have a great weekend!


---------


DIY Show Off


Pin It!

42 comments:

  1. These are so pretty, they really don't look at all like spoons after you shaped & painted them.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is such an interesting idea! I'm completely intrigued ...

    :) Linda

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love this tutorial! It is beautiful :-) Would you consider linking this to our weekly link party?

    http://withablast.blogspot.com/2013/04/all-my-bloggy-friends-link-party-44.html

    Hope to see you there !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for linking this at our party ! Shared this on Google+ today and on Pinterest :-)

      Delete
  4. I.DIE. I had no idea you could make spoons into this!!! I'd love for you to come link up this and some of your other projects at my new party!
    http://www.firsthomelovelife.com/2013/05/house-party-1-b-y-o-p.html

    ReplyDelete
  5. No way! Those are spoons? Amazing and so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday. Hope to see you again next week ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh wow. Those are quite amazing!I love them against those beautiful ranunculus. I will give you a shout out this week for your creative idea. Have a great week ahead. Thanks for linking up & sharing this week at the party & hope to see you again soon! Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Featured you today !

    http://withablast.blogspot.com/2013/05/all-my-bloggy-friends-special-mothers.html

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is amazing! So cool!
    Corey from www.tinysidekick.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is so cool. It does not even look like spoons..:)

    how to stick plastic to plastic

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Pat! I was pleasantly surprised that they didn't look like spoons too :).

      Delete
  10. While the admin of the web site is working, no question soon it will likely be famous, due to its feature blogs.
    bubblegum casting

    ReplyDelete
  11. Keep it up!! You have done the nice job having provided the latest information.
    bubblegum casting reviews

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'd be trampled if all sites gave articles like these awesome articles.
    bubblegum casting reviews

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is very essential blog; it helped me a lot whatever you have provided.
    click

    ReplyDelete
  14. I was searching for decisive information on this topic. The information you have provided in the blog is really important.

    link

    ReplyDelete
  15. This info you provided in the blog that was really unique I love it!!! browse around this website

    ReplyDelete
  16. I am confident you have an adoring fan stalking out there.

    for more info

    ReplyDelete
  17. I am happy to see that you have provided such an incredible and impressive blog for us.

    best credit repair companies

    ReplyDelete
  18. You have done in fact wonderful work by make such a great blog keep up the good work.
    payday loansd funded by delaware bank

    ReplyDelete
  19. It’s really such nice information to get advantage from.Visit Your URL

    ReplyDelete
  20. I would never crave to lose out any chance to look throughout your contents.

    best electric shaver blog

    ReplyDelete
  21. Awesome work! That is quite appreciated. I hope you’ll get more success.
    sewa mobil

    ReplyDelete
  22. The quality of your blogs and conjointly the articles and price appreciating.

    best remington shaver review

    ReplyDelete
  23. The written piece is truly fruitful for me personally; continue posting these types of articles. Philips Norelco 1250X/42

    ReplyDelete
  24. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.
    best electric razor 2014

    ReplyDelete
  26. These are actually wonderful some ideas in the blog. You have touched good quality points here. In whatever way continue writing.food sfor weight loss

    ReplyDelete
  27. Your blogs and its stuff are so notable and worthwhile it can make me return.lexington law firm

    ReplyDelete
  28. Fascinating information I haven’t been experienced such information in quite a long time. home security systems

    ReplyDelete
  29. I have spent a lot of the time in different blogs but this is really a unique blog for me.

    pork chop recipes

    ReplyDelete
  30. The blog is quite awesome that has provided me the best knowledge.

    home security systems

    ReplyDelete
  31. The blog is quite awesome that has provided me the best knowledge.

    home security systems

    ReplyDelete
  32. I believe this is actually the most useful blog I've been through this entire day. best security system

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hi guys, when I am actually willing of reading these blog post to be updated regularly. It offers fastidious stuff.best Braun shaver review

    ReplyDelete
  34. The problem is that you provide may be worth our time and also effort. Panasonic ES-LT71-S

    ReplyDelete
  35. Your blog is extremely brilliant especially the quality content is really appreciable. garcinia cambogia for weight loss

    ReplyDelete
  36. Here at this site really the fastidious material collection so that everybody can enjoy a lot. pure garcinia cambogia

    ReplyDelete
  37. You guys present there are performing an excellent job. royal dar al eiman Makkah

    ReplyDelete
  38. The gorgeous post learned a great deal Thanks greatly!
    pure green coffee bean

    ReplyDelete
  39. Outstanding blog, in my opinion site owners should acquire a great deal out of this blog its very user welcoming. Height Increasing Shoes

    ReplyDelete

If you enjoyed this post, have a question, or just want to say hey, please leave a comment! I read each comment and love to respond (usually by email), so check your inbox if you don't see a response below!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blogging tips