Monday, April 02, 2012

Altered Spoons tutorial and a giveaway

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.   I had planned to blog yesterday and show you some of the treasures I found over the weekend, but the day didn't go as planned, and time got away from me.  I'll share in my next post..but for now... today is Crafty Secrets first "linky party".    Everyone is welcome to play! The more the merrier right?
They will be the first Monday of every month, and you can get all the details here on the Heartwarming Vintage blog.   Be sure to pop over there to get all the links... and suck up the inspiration :)

Today for my post, I'm going to give you some tips on how to make these fun altered spoons.  OH.. and don't forget to leave a comment if you want your name in for a chance at the giveaway. ( more details at the bottom of this post).


To get started all you need, other than basic supplies, is old silverware pieces (which you can usually find at the Goodwill, or second hand stores), Altered Fairy Creative Scraps, moss, hot glue gun, foam tape, ribbon, and a few embellishments.

CSds-09 Altered Fairies Double Sided Creative Scraps picture
Start by cutting out the pieces you want to use, and inking them a bit (if you like).   It's best to go ahead and assemble the main pieces of your fairy before you add it to your project. It's just easier to handle when it's not attached to the utensil.   As long as you have the major assembling done, you can easily go back and add the little things .

simple things, like adding foam squares to add dimension, really make a difference.
( below, I just put some in the little fairy book she's going to hold)

Depending on how "deep" your utensil is, you may want to use Crafty foam tape (even build  a couple of layers if you need to, like I did here).  It works great for holding the moss on.

Add your moss, and then using your glue gun, attach your fairy to the moss.

** About moss** If you look in your local craft store in the floral dept. you will probably see a number of different kinda of moss. There are two that I use, and I like them both for different uses.  The kind below "Super moss"(fist photo) .. is really pretty, but its a bit more expensive then regular "Excelsior moss"(second photo).    So I use the inexpensive excelsior moss for two things.  First. .. as a filler.  I put it down first and then hot glue the pretty moss on top.  Not that big of a deal for this little bit, but especially if your doing a big project. The Second thing I use if for is to make my own little nests with it.



Okay, now that we've cleared up the "moss thing" lol, back to finishing the spoon.  You can attach your ribbon a number of different ways, but I'll show you how I did mine.   I first added the piece of ribbon the spoon will actually hang from.  I wrapped it around the spoon handle, tying it in the back.  Then....

then I cut another piece of ribbon to wrap around the spoon and tie into a nice bow in the front. 
Now is the fun part ( well, I think so anyway), it's adding all the embellishments and little final touches.
Glitter, gems, buttons .. whatever you little heart desires.


I used some of my moss to create a nest for my birdie, and added the rest of my embellishments.  If you decide to add some twigs like I did, it's a great time of the year to go outside to a bush or tree in your yard and snip a couple.  If you can get the new fine ones, they are pliable enough you can even kind of wrap them around your project.  ( especially if they had a few tiny buds on them... wouldn't that be adorable?)

First spoon all finished.


The other one are done similarly, but you can see how you can adapt your project to many different
utensils.  For this one I used a ladle, and added a little nest and eggs with the cute bird image from the Creative Scraps .

( I put glitter on my bird.. I don't know why it looks to odd in this photo.. lol)
This nest is not one I made. I had the nest, but added the green moss to the inside.  ( you can find nests and eggs at Hobby Lobby and Michael's.. especially this time of the year.

Here you can see if from the side.



I also decided to do one with this pie server.

Each one has it's own look.  Kind of fun.

I did all of my spoons with the images on the Creative Scraps Sheet..but if you'd rather stamp, Crafty Secrets also has Born to Fly Clear Art Stamps .


Born To Fly Clear Art Stamp Set picture

   You can see some of them on the bottles I did a while back.


Okay...  time to tell you about the giveaway, since I have you all ready to make altered spoons :)
If you want in on a chance to win, all you have to do it leave a comment in this post between now and  next Monday April 9th.  I'll announce the winner Monday.

Whats in this kit, I'm giving away?   A big spoon ( for your fairy of course:) , A sheet of Double Sided "Altered Fairies" Creative Scraps from Crafty Secrets, ribbon , lace, gems, lace, ribbons, vintage buttons, Bling ( pearls) from Creative Impressions, 3D from Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a nest and eggs.






Thanks for coming by, and be sure to pop over to the Heartwarming Vintage blog.   
ps. Hey.. we'd love to have you play along!  Get the details on the Heartwarming Vintage blog.


Vic


112 comments:

Scrapthat said...

So pretty! TFS!

Anonymous said...

These spoons are so darn cute! Love the altered bench also. I'm going to HL and look for those black frames with the initials. I passed by them at least 50 times and never was inspired with an idea to use them. Duh! Hope they still have them. lol LindaC

huntla1 said...

love your spoons. love those fairies. i started some spoons eons ago but never finished them. maybe this will be my inspiration. thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Anonymous said...

This is very very nice, like your work very much, saw your link at Nathalie's facebook!
Keep on doing your creative masterpieces! Greetings from Belgium, SandraB

Dawn's Craft Place said...

I love this idea with spoons and servers, how fun are those images! Love the tutorial.Thanks for sharing

Cheryl Waters cheryl@artsyfindings.com said...

Absolutely love your Spring beauties. Love! Wishing you a beautiful Spring day and thank you for the opportunity! Warmest regards!

Brenda said...

wow ....how amazing!!! love love love your spoons!!!!
hugs
Brenda

Patty said...

I think I have just found my new craft addiction!!! Thank you for sharing your fun project and the chance to win.

Donna said...

These are soooo lovely! I am currently working on an altered fairy book. I'm thinking this would be an awesome cover trinket!

Carolyn Dube said...

Incredible! These spoons are incredible!!!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tutorial!

rlovew said...

Adorable project- I haven't moved into altered art at all yet but your work is certainly inspiring. rlovew1976@yahoo.com

Catherine said...

Vic -- you are so dang amazing! LOVE these.

johanna peterson said...

so pretty. I love the jars too!!

Debbie K. said...

Your spoons are so adorable, Ms. Vicki. I LOVE whatever you create. You are an inspiration in everything you do!
- DebbieK
d kaste at wi dot rr dot com

Cassie said...

Your spoons rock! I grabbed a bunch of silver last fall to make some of these. This tutorial is very helpful! And the giveaway would be handy too! Thanks for offering it up!

tusher5@yahoo.com said...

WOW!! WHAT A NEAT IDEA :) I THINK IT WILL BE VERY ADDICTING FOR ME! VERY PRETTY! THANK YOU FOR SHARING :)

Deb-Close to my Heart Consultant said...

so fun, glad i found your blog

Elaine A said...

This are so sweet Vicki! Utterly adorable, I love them! Thank you so much for posting the tutorial for making them.

Elaine Allen

Debby said...

I love these spoons. Thanks for sharing how to do it. Now, pretty please pick me, hah. I'd love to win.

Les said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the spoons and pie server! It is perfect to go with my altered silver serving tray! Thank you for the opportunity! : )

Sandy Davis said...

These spoons are beautiful and thank you so much for sharing a tutorial on them. I cant wait to give these a try

Sandy said...

You are right, you've got me in the mood to create some spoons. Love this...thanks for the tutorial.

Angela Fehr said...

I don't know if I could bring myself to alter such pretty vintage spoons! On the other hand, these would be adorable hanging in a window or as a part of an Easter display!

angela beavers said...

I love them! You creativity is awesome! ~Angela

Peace said...

Gorgeous AND cute! I love "watching" how you create!

julie said...

Very very shabby pretty. Those would go great on my wall in by bedroom. I love little fairy's I think they bring good luck to ones home. Thanks for all you do and share, God bless you and yours. Great gift away. 1205love@gmail.com

lynn said...

what a wonderful way to create using things you may have around.. i may need to find some of those spoons to make some.. thank you for sharing and i would love to be in the chance to win one of your spoons..
big ladybug hugs
lynn

Ξένια said...

I love this!!! Pretty and cute!!!
Thanks for this tutorial and for the chance to win .. ♥

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring projects. I have a rather large collection of silver just waiting for the right project. I think this is it!!!
Wonderful, thanks again
Elaine

Theresa said...

I saw altered spoons somewhere else in cyberville and LOVED them!! I just couldn't figure out how to make them. Thanks for the easy tutorial! They are adorable!!!! Now I need some spoons......

Peggy said...

The spoons are just adorable. Love the images and use of moss. Thank you for the inspiration.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Hi Vicki --
Your altered spoons
make me swoons
To get it done
looks like fun
So off to Michaels
I must run!

Sorry ... better crafter than poet! BUT I LOVE the spoons!!!!!! And server "party pooper"! OMG, you are SUCH an enabler. Thanks (I think) for sharing.

Fondly,
Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
e-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

Cheryl S. said...

What an awesome project and thank you for sharing the tutorial about how to altered the spoons. Altering is one of my big passions so will have to give these a try-after I find some spoons. If I was lucky enough to win your terrific give-away I wouldn't have to look for a spoon immediately!!
Thanks.

linda said...

This are just too cute! I can see them at home in a pretty potted plant! I need those stamps and clip art because I'm gonna make some of these!
Thanks!

SuZeQ said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these spoons - your imagination is so fascinating. Must try these for myself. Thanks for the inspiration.
kosec@sbcglobal.net

kathy/North Carolina said...

Vic...these are just so sweet. I'm glad you took the time to explain the moss....I'll look for it. And, just in case I don't win (LOL) where do you find your sweet little eggs? Thanks so much...great blog candy!

Jane said...

Love this project! I'm going to actually try this! Thanks for explaining everything so carefully - the moss and all. That really helps!Hope I win :)
Jane - jspalmer@bellsouth.net

Candy Spiegel said...

While I am always amazed at your talent and always oohhing and ahhhing over your creations, this time you blew away even my expectations! These spoons are amazing ... can't type now, I'm off to Goodwill to make my own! Thank you for such a unique and amazing idea.

Maria Matter said...

oh, these are gorgeous little works of art! love this idea...I'll be searching flea markets for vintage silverware!! Thanks for the inspiration,tutorial & the chance to win!
hugs!

Vicki, I host a weekly linky party, Inspire Me Fridays, would love to have you link up & share all your lovely crafts!

Trudy's mom said...

Excellent tutorial - hope I win!

Lillian Child said...

What an amazing job you've done on all of the altered projects. You have definitely inspired me to go rummaging through some antique shops or garage sales in search of old spoons and the like. These projects would make such amazing holiday gifts. Thanks for sharing your talents with us and for the chance at SUCH a generous giveaway event. My fingers are crossed!!

Jary said...

What fun these spoond are! I love the moss you added before the image-such a great background!Would love to win and make one. Thank you for the opportunity

Deb Neerman said...

OMG, these are darling, Vicki! I can't wait to give this a try ... they look magical!

Love, love, love 'em! Genius, girl!!

Mary Anne in NJ said...

LOVE THESE!!!!! (Naturally!)...definitely have to try this...what sweet Easter gifts they would make...

Phyllis M. said...

Thanks for the great tut on the spoons. What a amazing fun idea and thank you for sharing it. Would love to win your wonderful prize to do a spoon up with. thanks for a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Love these spoons Vicki! Your talent is amazing!

Kim Johnson (Mystic Paper)

Lois said...

These spoons are so cute - your work is lovely!

I would love to win that nice giveaway and make my own fairy spoon!! Thanks for the opportunity and thanks for sharing - they are all so cute!!!

Country Mouse said...

These are SOOO pretty! I've never seen anything like this! Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway!!!
audrey

J Ericson said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and giveaway. I can hardly wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!!!!! Happy Easter.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

These are charming! I found your blog by re-pinning a photo of your altered spoons and following the photo link to here!

I'm going to be a permanent visitor now ... and, please throw my name in the giveaway hat!

Love your enchanting style!

nannyj said...

Vicki,
I love the spoons. Of course I love everything you do. I have several old spoons that will work really well. Thanks for the inspiration. Judy

harrahx2 said...

Beautiful work girl! Like I always say, I see tarnished silver and you see gems! Love IT!

Bev said...

These are truly awesome spoon creations! You do such wonderful work! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Rosemary said...

Love these spoons. I am going to try one using an old photo of my grandmother. Can see doing these as gifts for all the ladies in my family, if I can find enough spoons.

Danielle said...

amazing projects...I love the fairies in the jars!!!

Sue Smith said...

Would love to try and re-create the bird spoon idea for a blue bird lovin' friend...my first attempt at altered art-love it!

Bettyann said...

love the spoons..haven't seen anything like them !!thanks for the giveaway..

busymartha said...

This is an amazing idea Vicki!

Julie Higgins said...

What a cute idea! I never would have thought of it. I have old spoons and other utensils from my mom's house I can use. Thanks Vic for your inspiration of ideas always:) Have a great Easter!! Julie

Anonymous said...

Your projects are so beautiful. So glad I stopped by to see what you have done and will make it a habit now. Thanks for the inspiration! Mary Werner

Leann said...

Oh these are so gorgeous! I love your style my friend! I would love to win - we can't get crafty secrets around here:(

Thanks for the opportunity!
Leann

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Scrappy Rat said...

These are great! Now I'll need to be on the lookout for a ladle to alter (totally cute for a little mouse nest!) Thanks for the idea!

Lynda said...

Such a clever idea for re-purposing spoons! Would love to try this at home!

Susie said...

Vicki, it's been way too long since I visited your blog. And I've missed you! Wow, you have been crafting up a storm. Love the bench and the frames. And now these altered spoons? Love them! Months ago I bought a box of very old silver spoons and serving pieces at an auction, just knowing I could do something with them someday. Well...now I know what to do. Thanks to you!
So glad you shared these projects!!!

Marlene (cards4u) said...

These are way too much fun - girl you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Thanks for all the details - great tutorial!

Have A Wonderful Weekend : )

malia said...

OH MY GOSH! I am in a swoon over your spoons!!!

I wanna win!!!

Cynthia said...

Oh my goodness, your altered spoons are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win some goodies.

rush said...

i am in awe! these are wonderful. thank you so much for sharing these and for the opportunity to win.

marcia said...

What a fun idea! I bought a box of silverware last year at an estate sale knowing they would make a good craft! Thanks for the great idea!

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

You dear are so clever and creative! I absolutely love this project. I would of never thought to put all them things together.

:-)

Anonymous said...

A great idea... I love what you did with the spoons! The images are so sweet! Thanks for a chance to win this great assortment of goodies!
Lillian L....

Beth said...

The spoons are great. Your detailed instructions really help and the moss tutorial was SUPER. I'd lovc to win.

Becky Dunham said...

Sweet spoons Vic! I especially LOVE the ladle with the nest - so so cute! Thanks for the tutorial - would love to try this! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful kit too :)

Gail S. said...

Very nice Vicki! Hope you have a wonderful Easter! Can;t wait to win this :)

Pambi7 said...

The spoons are a very cute idea. I love vintage,the spoons are a great way to combine Crafty Secrets images. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Linda E said...

Love this idea with the spoons.
Thanks for sharing it.

Renee said...

You are so creative!! I love your off the page/card projects! Thanks for the tip about the moss too :) These fairy spoons are gorgeous, and the ladle with the nest is perfect, my mother would love to receive something like that, she's so into nests and eggs for some reason! Thanks again

pooky225 said...

What a great idea and so cute TFS

Jerry said...

rtThank you for sharing your creations.

Jerry said...

Thank you for sharing your creations.

kiwichriss said...

I just love your altered spoons, I have a pile of old spoons that need to be put to good use. thanks for the chance to entry your giveaway and thanks for sharing your ideas. hugs from Chris in Oz Australia

dmcarroll5 said...

What a unique gift idea for a sponn collector. I love it! Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Anonymous said...

Great idea for name tags for wedding! can't wait for drawing!
annsaw1174@yahoo.com

Pam Black said...

Love your ideas and inspiration. This would be wonderful to make with my Grandaughter! Please pick me!

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Wow!! I love the spoon idea! That is awesome! They would make wonderful Mother's Day presents! I am definitely going to give them a try! I just love the one with the birds nest!! Sooo cute!!

Thanks for the inspiration and for the amazing giveaway!!

Happy Easter!

hugs...
Melissa

Grammycher said...

Wow...how cute...love your work!! thanks for the chance to win and make one of these.

scrappydarling said...

Adorable!! Now I know what to do with all that old silverware I've been collecting! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

These are absolutely ADORABLE!!! I would love the chance to win and try this! Blessings, Sharon

Kathryn said...

Love everything you create!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing all your projects.....i love them all; and i LOVE Crafty Secrets! TFS! Sharon B. from Pa.

Anonymous said...

i love all your projects and love your work! TFS! Sharon
B from PA.

Anonymous said...

i love your projects and your work.....TFS! Sharon B. from PA.

Tarnished Rose said...

I love your altered utensils! It gives me an idea as to what I can do with all the ones I have laying around. Thank you for sharing.

Smiles~
Marilyn

The Vintage Dresser said...

The altered utensils are so sweet! Thank you for the opportunity to win some crafting goodies!

TA Carbone said...

I just love your Blog and wish I lived where you do because you are able to find some wonderful items. Where I live people throw away for the landfills to get more higher. This sure is one way to recycle

Toniann

hennies.pennies said...

Oh my goodness, I love these!! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration. I found one more thing to add to my addiction list. It's a sickness that I adore!! Be especially blessed, Kathy

hennies.pennies said...

Oh my goodness, I love these!! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration. I found one more thing to add to my addiction list. It's a sickness that I adore!! Be especially blessed, Kathy

auroranwhisper said...

The spoons are amazing! I would love to make one and hang it somewhere random, and then make some more and give them to all of my friends! Thanks! Nancy

Kim C. said...

This is such a great idea for those gargae sale finds. I can't wait to make some of these. Thanks for the chance to win such greate blog candy.

Anonymous said...

What a neat project -- and great use for those "orphan," yet beautiful, spoons. Thanks for the giveaway!
Jan B.

starqueen said...

Hi Vicki,
What a sweet project! I love all your inspiring re-purposed art ideas, so perfect with Crafty Secrets vintage style.
Thanks for sharing!

nettie said...

Oh, the vintage spoon collages are just the sweetest! Love all the neat ideas for reusing beautiful old spoons.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win.
Nettie

HeadbanginMom said...

These are adorable! Would love the opportunity to win. Thanks for sharing in a tutorial! <3

lcrisso said...

Your upcycled silverware is just souper-douper! Love your work! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

BT said...

Wow, these spoons are so pretty and of course you can hang them anywhere too. I must have a go!

Scrappy Sugar Girl said...

I love these spoons! I took a picture of the spoons at the Crafty Secrets booth at the Scrapbook Convention in Arlington. I had so many bags to hold while trying steady the camera that my pics came out a little blurry so definitely happy to see them here. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I guess I gotta start looking for old serving spoons at garage sales.

Diana said...

These are adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing...I just found your blog through my friend, Lana 's facebook post! Xox, diana

Snugglebug Blessings said...

Hi Vic,

I just loved these sweet fairies and bird, you did a wonderful job. I know I missed the giveaway but that's ok as you have inspired me to get back into mixed media. Really miss it. Thanks for sharing and I'm sure whoever got your wonderful giveaway package was just amazed at all the goodies. God bless. Cathy

KAM in CA said...

I love altered silverware and these spoons are just beautiful! I can already picture birthday gifts for my sisters. Thanks for the giveaway - Good luck everyone!

KAM in CA said...

I love altered silverware and these spoons are beautiful! I am picturing birthday gifts for my sisters. Thanks for the giveaway - good luck everyone!

Bill said...

Hi- not sure if this giveaway is still on but the altered spoons are just darling! Love them!!!
my email is dlmdesigns3@msn.com




hennies.pennies said...

Oh my goodness, I love your altered spoons. I think I could do this!! Be especially blessed, Kathy H