From North of the Boulevard~
Using plastic spoons for crafts is nothing new, but it’s something that I hadn’t done, so I thought I’d give it a try. Making flowers seemed like a good first time spoon craft for me. They are easy to put together and I’ve got several ideas in mind for using them in my spring time decor.
- Plastic Spoons
- Hot Glue
- Pom Pom or felt flower
I searched Pinterest and found about several methods for making these and how to get the spoons broken apart. One included heating a knife over an open flame on a gas stove top and the slicing through the plastic. I don’t have a gas stove, so that was out. I suppose it works, but it’s not for me.
Breaking them apart isn’t the easiest thing to do. They can snap and come off with jagged edges. I checked Laurie’s (My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies) method for her lovely Spoon Trees and found that she cut them apart. I tired this for a few and decided it wasn’t working for me. I had spoon parts flying over my desk and still got jagged edges.
I might be making this more difficult than it needs to be, but, after thinking about it for a bit, I decided that I would use a lighter to soften the plastic and then use scissors to cut the spoon apart.
Hold the spoon above the flame of the lighter, making sure that the flame does not touch the spoon. It only takes about 10 seconds and the plastic will soften and the spoon will bend on its on. Then scissors just glide right through it.
Once it’s bent, use scissors to snip the handle off, leaving you with what will become a petal for the flower.
I used a small paper doily as a backing for these. Find the center point of the doily and use hot glue to place a petal in place. Continue adding petals, spacing them as close as you would like. The closer they are placed, the more petals you’ll have, giving you a large or small flower.
I made some using five spoons and some using six.
To fill the center, I hot glued a small pom pom.
Using an assortment of colors for the centers makes them fun.
These are just singing springtime to me.
Have you made these? What uses would you have for them?