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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.
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....
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 .
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.
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