It’s high season for picnics, so I’m dishing up a Plastic Spoon and Fork Wreath today. Honestly, I can’t decide if it’s kitschy, cute, or a little of both. I do know that plastic spoon crafts are “hot” right now, and I’ve seen beautiful light fixtures, framed mirrors, and other projects made with plastic spoons. I want you to tell me what you think about the wreath. I hope you’ll also check out the vintage spoon crafts I’m sharing.
To make a Plastic Spoon and Fork Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath
- Red gingham fabric, 1/3 yd.
- Plastic spoons & forks, 24 of each
- Faux fruit: lemon slices and blueberries (plastic ants would be fun, too!)
- Red ribbon
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors or rotary cutter and mat; ruler; craft pins
To make a Plastic Spoon and Fork Wreath:
1. Cut the fabric into 1” strips. Wrap the strips around the wreath, pinning and gluing the ends of each strip to the back of the wreath. Completely cover the wreath.
2. Glue the spoons and forks around the wreath using low-temp glue. To position the spoons and forks:
- Line up the ends of the forks with the inside edge of the wreath.
- Place the spoons so they extend 1/2″ into the center of the wreath.
- Alternate the spoons and forks as you glue them on.
3. Embellish with faux fruits or other items.
4. Tie together ends of a fabric strip, forming a loop. Pin and glue to the back of the wreath for a hanger. Let glue dry.
5. Optional: Tie a strip of fabric into a bow, and glue to the bottom of the wreath.
I pulled the 1974 book Crafts for Family Fun from my stash of vintage craft books. (Note the $1.89 price tag on this 48-page book.) It’s funny how ideas and trends cycle ‘round, and the theme of this book is transforming trash into “Simply Elegant Junk.” Reminds me of today’s repurposing trend. And, check out the plastic picnic spoon art on page 6!
So, what do you think of plastic spoon crafts? Have you made any? Or, do you say put a fork in it – it’s done!
I wish you and your family a safe and celebratory July 4th.