How to decorate spoons with wire & beads

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How to decorate spoons with wire & beads
Spoons (spoon ballet v image by Hao Wang from Fotolia.com)

Wind chimes, mobiles and other garden art projects may include beaded, wire-wrapped spoons as part of the decoration. Look for old spoons to decorate for these projects at thrift stores and yard sales. You can decorate any size spoon with wire and beads, from small metal teaspoons to large wooden spoons. Experiment with different sized beads and different wire wrapping techniques to create imaginative and colourful additions to your art projects.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Spoons
  • 22-gauge craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • 4mm to 6mm beads
  • Needle nose pliers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the length of the spoon handle. Cut a strip of 22-gauge craft wire four times longer than the length of the handle.

  2. 2

    Make a loop at one end of the wire strip with round nose pliers. The loop will fit at the top of the spoon so you can hang it. You can also bend the loop to the back of the spoon handle so that it's out of sight if you are not planning to hang the decorated spoon.

  3. 3

    Thread 4mm beads over the straight end of the wire to the loop. Fill the wire loosely with beads. Do not place them tightly against each other. End with another loop.

  4. 4

    Hold one loop end at the top of the spoon handle. Place the loop in the centre of the handle's end, on the front or the back. Wrap the beaded wire around in a tight circle twice at the base of the loop. Continue to wrap the beaded wire around the spoon handle in a tight spiral for the length of the handle. Wrap the end of the beaded wire in a circle at the base of the spoon handle. Place the end of the beaded wire to the back of the spoon handle so that it dangles down the back of the spoon.

  5. 5

    Cut six 7-inch strips of 22-gauge craft wire. Make a hook in one end of each strip, but do not close it into a loop.

  6. 6

    Hold the wire at the base of the hook with the tip end of the needle nose pliers. Wrap the wire around the end of the pliers to make a spiral. Make the spiral about 1-inch long.

  7. 7

    Thread three 4mm to 6mm beads over the straight end of the wire to the spiral. Make another spiral at the base of the beads. Thread three more beads to the second spiral and make another spiral to the end of the wire. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 with each of the five remaining wire strips.

  8. 8

    Hook each of the six beaded spiral wires to the beaded wire at the base of the spoon handle. Close the hook with round nose pliers after you make the connection. The six beaded wire spirals will dangle down the front of the spoon.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorate the base of the spoon with one large circle shaped spiral, rather than six dangling spirals. Add beads to the circular spiral as you shape it.

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