Monday, January 24, 2011

Altered Spoons {Vintage Silverware}



Vintage spoons and forks are so fun to collect!  I'm always on the lookout for them at thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets.  But I won't pay more than 25 cents a piece, at the VERY most!  I've made so many projects from them but my favorite continues to be the refrigerator magnet.  This year for Christmas I asked for a metal alphabet stamp set (like this) , in hopes of starting a few new projects, like stamping words for jewerly on spoons, garden markers and more.  So far I'm still trying to learn how to stamp with them. If I have hardened steel I'm finding they don't stamp well.  Also, I just figured out I have a SMALL sized set, I might need a larger sized set!  I'll let you know how that project goes, but it might be a while.

Meanwhile back to the spoon magnet.  Just start with a spoon.  First glue on heavy duty magnet with E6000 glue on the back.  This is the only glue that I found was strong enough to hold the magnet and spoon.  When you do this, just set the magnet on the table, dab some glue on, then set the spoon on top and let it dry.  If you do it any other way the spoon slides. Decoupage a pretty bird or two, adding a phrase or word on top of that. Add some moss, which you just wrap around your thumb a few times to make a "nest".  Then glue on a few pearls. Use pretty and soft seam binding to match and tie a bow to finish it off.  Fast and easy and fun.



Here's one I made a while back...

Have a beautiful day!  Blessings, Heidi

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9 comments:

Scrap for Joy said...

My spoon with the birdie is still on my frig...it's been there since my very first swap 3 years ago when I was lucky enough to "meet" you! (and the little girl with the curl tag is on my inspiration board in my studio...just in case you're wonderin')I have Heidi momentos all around me! Thanks!
xoxo
Joyce

Nanniepannie said...

Very sweet idea. These would make great little gifts if you were having a luncheon, you could have them as part of the table setting.

Alisa said...

You always do the cutest things with spoons, Heidi!

Cheryl said...

Super charming Heidi!

Amy said...

I have been wanting to try my hand at metal-stamping as well but haven't made the investment yet in a set. Please let us know how you are progressing! I'd love to see your other altered spoon projects!!!

-Amy
Crafting by Candlelight

Jen Kershner said...

I love those! I have some old spoons that belonged to my grandmother and I will have to keep this in mind.

Honey at 2805 said...

These are just great and so creative!

Prairie Patch said...

That is sooo cute! I always see spoons painted, but I really love the idea of having a little bird's nest on them. Great idea!

Jen said...

You can try annealing the spoons with a propane torch. That will make them softer for stamping. It will also distort the bowl, though, when you stamp, so it's best to do this (I think) if you go ahead and flatten the bowl after you anneal it.

I used to be utterly terrified of fire, but once I started crafting with it, it opened up a whole new world!

Beautiful project, even without the stamps! :)