My latest project involves upcycling some old flatware into fun and unique bookmarks! I bought a handmade spoon bookmark at a craft show a few years back with the intent to copy the idea. I recently got a bunch of great vintage spoons at a flea market, so I decided to try it out. They came out pretty awesome! 🙂
To do this project you need some spoons, a hammer, an old towel, and something flat to hammer on. I used a big piece of flat plywood. I think the older spoons work better because they are thinner and more flexible than newer spoons. I don’t think dollar store spoons would work well for these, but I could be wrong! I also prefer the vintage spoons because they are unique and come in lots of interesting designs.
Before hammering, I put the towel over the spoon, to minimize scratching and denting. It worked well, except the towel is pretty much destroyed but the time you’re done.
Start hammering away! I turned the spoon over a few times while hammering, to ensure it was flat on both sides. It will never be completely flat; there will always be slight bumps and grooves. It just adds to the vintage charm if you ask me!
I used my original spoon bookmark as a guide of where to bend the handle.
Some spoons bent easily, and some did not. Some of them required a little tap of the hammer, near the bend of the spoon, to fully bend it over (using the towel again, so as not to dent or scratch). It takes some experimenting, so don’t spend a fortune on your spoons. I got mine for super cheap at a flea market, so breaking a few here and there was not a big deal.
I had some casualties. A few of the spoons snapped as soon as I started to bend them.
The broken spoon parts worked great as metal retrieving pieces for Greg to use in his K-9 searching/training. He chucked this spoon piece out into the yard, and Djaiko (pronounced “Jake-o”) was able to find it in less than a minute! See it there in his mouth? 🙂
After flattening and bending all the spoons, I cleaned them up using some silver polish. I LOVE these Howard products that a fellow vendor sells at my co-op. They work awesome and are very reasonably priced.
And here are some pictures I took for the ones I am now selling in my Etsy store. This is one of the “miniature” spoons…
And some other cool ones with fun handle designs.
I think these would be great craft show sellers, or great gifts for pretty much anyone. I just got a bunch more spoons and plan to make more in the near future. Hope you’re able to give it a try! Thanks for stopping in and Happy Crafting! 🙂