Today I’m teaming up with my junk lovin’ ladies. #JunkRevisionChallenge This month’s theme was loose…take junk and let it inspire you for something Thanksgiving, Christmas or winter. Last month was Fall. Check out the links below to see what my friends went with. I choose Christmas and a silver spoon Santa.
I think this project might inspire you to get your crafty self going for Christmas or any other holiday! You could use this idea for a wide array of inspiration.
Do you have any mismatched flatware laying around? I bought these at a garage sale a while back. The older the better.
I know flatware jewelry is popular right now, but these flatware decorations have been part o my Christmas for years now. Originally, I bought a Santa spoon in an antique shop. I loved it so much it inspired me to branch out into other ideas. I wanted to show you them all, but they are buried in my attic. I tried, but couldn’t find them!
Here are some step by step painting tips to help you make the prettiest silver spoon Christmas decorations. These spoon make thoughtful gifts, unique ornaments or beautiful coffee table trinkets. Start by bending your spoon handle. It can be hard, you may have to incorporate help. I use pliers and a hard surface to bend the handle where I want. You will want to bend differently depending on if it is standing up, like the tree, or laying down like the Santa. The tree will need a flat space, so a more square bend will work.
Paint your Santa skin first.
Tip: You can use a hair dryer to help speed up the process. You will need each step to dry before you start the next. When using a hair dryer be sure not to get the air flowing to fast on the paint – it will move your paint!
Using your small brush fill in the black of the eyes and the top eyeline.
Nest use a 1/4″ brush that is damp and get the edge of it in the red/pink paint. Paint a crescent right up to the eye. Do one at a time. While it is still wet, clean the brush and leave it slightly wet. Use the water to spread the cheek color. Repeat other side.
Using the same brush load it with white paint and then dab in the gray slightly. Paint and arching mustache up the eye area and overlapping the cheeks. Fill out the mustache with this same white/gray paint.
Finally I tweak him to my liking with extra white to build up the fluff on his hat and beard. I use a glitter and high gloss overcoat with just a touch of brown swiped through to give it a hint of age. The shimmer is hard to see in pictures, but looks really nice in person. A glossy finish is nice because acrylic paint dries flat.
For the winter tree I layered as follows:
A light washed blue base with white snow and brown tree trunk.
For the tree, a Forest green with hints of brown and black for depth.
For the third spoon I went off my daughter’s inspiration. She thought it would make a perfect ornament, I couldn’t agree more. I wanted it to look like the old mirrored glass cutout ornaments. Using a washed out coat of red, the silver shined though slightly. With shimmery gold I free handed a star and rings. Black flecks were added for an aged look and it was completed with the same glitter and gloss coat as the others.
Don’t forget to see what my junk genius friends came up with below: