Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Plastic Spoon Handicrafts ~ How to Make a Spoonful of Sugar Christmas Ornaments
Recycle your leftover abundance of plastic spoons into these cute, vibrant colored Christmas Tree Ornaments.
-white and white sculpey polymer clay
-clay cutting tools
-flat, protected working surface
-glass pan to bake sculpey on
-plastic spoons, white
-red ribbon, 1/8th inch thick
-industrial strength glue
-acrylic spray sealer, glossy
-oven and hot pads
STEP 1: Roll a piece of white sculpey as shown in the picture below. It should be about 3/4 inch in diameter. This is the start of your peppermint candy pieces.
STEP 2: Roll red sculpey into very thin strips, about the diameter of 1-2 toothpicks.
STEP 3: Press the red strips into the sides of the white sculpey, adding them evenly around the white. Press gently, flatening the red, making peppermint stripes.
STEP 4: With a sharp sculpey cutting knife, cut 1/4 sections of the roll for each peppermint you are making. Press the edges inward on the top of each peppermint, creating the finishing touch to your mint and rounding the edges. Add tiny pieces of red to each section if needed.
STEP 5: Bake your scupley pieces in your oven according to sculpey package directions. Cool completely.
STEP 6: Roll red sculpey into small balls, to make your sour cherries. Bake separately from your mints due to the difference in thickness. Cool completely.
STEP 7: Spray your peppermints and sour cherries with a light coat of gloss acrylic sealer (follow directions on the product you use). Let dry completely. To keep the sour cherries from rolling around as you spray with sealer, add a tiny piece of poster putty to the side it baked on, and adhere to the inside of a recycled shoe box lid.
STEP 8: With a versa-tool heating tool, melt a small hole into the top handle of each plastic spoon, from the backside. Be careful not to leave your tool in the handle too long or it will leave a burn mark. Let cool completely. Use caution when using your heating tool and cool completely on a protected surface.
STEP 9: Cut pieces of red ribbon, approximately, 9-10 inches in length. Run one end of ribbon through the hole and tie in a knot for the hanger. Trim. Cut a second piece of ribbon approximately 1-12 inches in length. Tie this piece around the top of the spoon, near the hole in the handle. Tie in a knot and then into a bow. Trim.
STEP 10: Add a dab of glue to the back of your candy piece, one peppermint to a spoon and three sour cherries to a spoon. Let dry completely. If needed, prop the handles up on a plate edge to hold candy in place while the glue is drying.
NOTE: The Photos are not uploading correctly for this craft. Please be patient as I fix this problem with blogger.com.
MORE CRAFTS WITH PLASTIC SPOONS:
Handicrafts using plastic spoons
MORE HELPFUL LINKS:
How to host an ornament exchange party
As always - ENJOY!