Monday

A Rose is a Rose?

Here's a new one!

When is a rose not a rose? When it is picnic spoons. Really! These are fun and amazing. No one will guess what this is made of.

Materials:
heavy duty plastic spoons
pin back (optional)
Goop glue (optional)

Tools:
candle
ceramic tile (optional)
garden clippers
pliers

Hold a plastic spoon about an inch above a lighted candle; bowl facing down. Heat for about 5 or 10 seconds until it starts to melt. Take it off the flame and gingerly (it will be very warm) fold it to resemble a rose bud. Make 2 of these.

Place them together and melt the handles just under the buds. Keep an eye on this so that you don't get too close to the flame or overheat and cause blackening of the plastic.

When the handles melt, pull them off of the rose bud and push the bud onto a ceramic tile to flatten the melted area.

Melt the rest of the spoons but this time heat the underside of the bowls. The bowl will wrinkle, melt and sag. Take the spoon off the heat and carefully pull on the tip and bend it backwards. Hold until cool and set.

Snip off the handles with garden clippers. When you have about a dozen petals, begin to assemble the rose.
Hold the tip of the petal with the pliers and heat the place on the spoon where the handle was until it begins to melt. Place it on the rose, wait until it cools and sticks.

Here you have a glossy, porcelain-looking rose.

These spoons came from Wal-Mart (next to the paper towels). You can spray paint them for a different color or buy bags of colored spoons at a party store.
Hot glue silk rose petals to the base of the rose if you wish.
There is a slight stinky melted plastic smell so you may want to open a window.

You can glue these roses to a box or adorn a wreath or do the Carrie Bradshaw thing and make them into a pin. Cut a circle out of a milk jug (I used a punch) and glue it onto the bottom of the rose. Glue a pin back to the circle. Voila! Fine jewelry. Anyway, as fine as it gets at my house.

67 comments:

Decoromana said...

WOW -lovely!!!

allison said...

what a terrific idea! Gonna have to try that out today!!

Bobbie said...

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KeLLy aNN said...

I have never seen that done.
That really is crazy great!

Rozi said...

Wow! I now see plastic utensils in a new way now, try out forks, what'll happen?!

KeLLy aNN said...

ooh, I like the fork idea. My 9 yo loves to make trees from forks.

lis said...

Mad skillz :D This is awesome, love it!

Vic said...

What the....?! This is amazing & inspired!

The finished rose is gorgeous - and you're right... who would think it's plastic cutlery?!

Redwife said...

Seriously? I think you have a lil' bit of pyromaniac in ya Ü And I'm GLAD you do Ü
Those are super neat!!

Ginny said...

That is so cool looking, great job!

SisterDG said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You are a dang genius. I'm totally trying this. Thanks for the great how-to!

Dot said...

Very cool! Will be linking at Dabbled.org :)

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niftyknits said...

amazing!!

Yvone said...

oh my word that's freekin awesome. I've just gotta make those.
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Anne said...

Unbelievable!! What an amazing and creative project!

Ali.G said...

This is so cute! im going to try this out soon!

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Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

WOW! That is so cool. Plastic spoons?!?! Who would have thought. Thanks so much for sharing this, I'll be linking.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

Visiting from oneprettything. This is an amazing idea, thanks for sharing! So beautiful!

missDDT said...

This is sooooo cooooool! Definitely linking on the blog! Love it!

Sonia said...

Whoa, I'd never thought of that! Ever! This is just so cool! Great job!

Diana Briere said...

Hey I found your post from One Pretty Thing.

Great idea for up-cycling! This would be good to do after a party. I wonder what kinds of flowers you could make with forks and knives too. Daisies, tulips or spider-mums....

But I would -definitely- do this outside. It is dangerous to melt or burn plastic without proper ventilation as it gives of fumes that are hazardous to your lungs.

La Gata Lola said...

Thank you for sharing! It's beautiful :)

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Deusa said...

Fantastico...linda...vou tentar fazer...aqui em casa tem tantas colheres destas,tenho criança em casa....lindo.
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MB Shaw said...

Fantastic, so creative!!
I am going to be a Guest Curator on the Crescendoh website the week of June 7th and I would like to link up to this post if that is ok with you.
Thanks!

mare said...

wow!!! .....love it.....defterl

Houseful of Handmade said...

WOW! I never would have guessed that was spoons. I so want to try this.

Anonymous said...

These are wonderful! So creative. But they should be done outside or with plenty of ventilation! Heating plastic releases carcinogens. That's not good at all. But I be trying these out in better weather. Thank you for the tutorial.

Shelley

Kathy said...

I just discovered your blog and all your awesome creations. Love these roses made from plastic spoons. I have shared a photo with a link back to your blog for complete directions over at www.smartbuygal.blogspot.com.

Wende said...

This is so darn clever. Love it. I just became your latest follower.

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Wow

Ali said...

Wow, these are *incredible*!! What a fantastic idea and a beautiful result! :)

Ali

fatmonica said...

What a fantastic idea. So simple but so effective!!bring on the spoons!

Sarah said...

This post was mentioned on UKScrappers, so I've come to see what you've been up to and I'm in awe. This is so gorgeous. What a great idea. You have a lot of imagination and talent xx

kristincita said...

LOVE the rose but I'd love to know how you just started playing with plastic spoons and fire one day.....

Naturally Me Creations said...

Wow, that rose looks beautiful! Who'd have thought it?! :D

Lindsay said...

WOW!!!! You are SO creative and crafty!! This is prob one of the best crafts that I have seen in a while! You go!

-Lindsay
Delighted Momma

atara said...

Wow -that's really amazing!

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Crafty Sideup said...

No way ----Faux porcelain Rose from a buncha spoons? Brilliant idea....

I'm a newbie here.. do check my tutorial for faux-mosaic frame ..and let me know what you think.

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Mabiel said...

Amazing idea, I've reblogged about it on my blog. You are so creative!

ike said...

Ooooh COSMIC - brilliant idea. Thank you so much :-D xxxxx

Dusti said...

can't wait to try this

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