When searching for new, affordable crafts and materials, check out the kitchen. Many common utensils can be transformed into surprising creations, and you can recycle things you would otherwise throw away. With a little imagination and a few supplies, these everyday utensils become holiday decorations or gifts.
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Wooden Spoon Characters
Craft wooden spoons into cute or amusing characters. Paint a face in the bowl of the spoon with acrylic paint and use the handle for a body, adding a "dress" for a doll if you wish. Characters you can make with wooden spoons include cats, ghosts, bats, hula girl, mummy, Indian, snowman, snake, reindeer, Uncle Sam and many more. Incorporate wooden spoon characters into a centrepiece for every season or holiday.
Utensil Wind Chimes
Make wind chimes with kitchen utensils and a cardboard tube. Experiment with silverware or other utensils, like plastic cups, to create various sounds. Add items for your silverware to "chime" against, like glass bottles or soup cans. Decorate the tube, and use a pretty ribbon to tie the silverware to the tube and to make a hanger for the chimes.
Small Utensil Rack
Transform a wooden spoon, spatula or other kitchen item into a utensil rack or pot rack. You can use just about any wooden utensil that you have around by securing small hooks into it. As long as the utensil you're working with is strong enough and the hardware that you use to install it can support the weight, you can hang any kitchen tools you would commonly use on your rack. You can even adapt this idea for a jacket or apron rack.
Silverware Curtain Ties
Bend old matching pieces of silverware to make curtain tiebacks. Don't use silverware that has family importance or dollar value; shop yard sales and flea markets for pieces to work with. Decide which part of the silverware you would like to have show, then drill through the piece and secure it to the wall. Use the same technique for coat or apron hooks and pot racks.
Combine plastic spoons and melted chocolate to make a tasty gift for a chocolate lover. Dip the spoon into the chocolate repeatedly, allowing the chocolate to dry between dips. This will give your spoon a thick layer of chocolate. Wrap finished spoons in cling film and tie a ribbon on each. The spoons can be stirred in hot chocolate, coffee or warm milk.
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