There are times, though rare, when an idea of mine turns out very close to what I’d hoped.
This idea, like many of my ideas, floated around in my head for a long time before I actually sat down to craft it into reality- however, I can honestly say that I’m very proud of the end result and cannot wait to give it to the intended recipient!
My friend Sara, a wonderful woman, is a budding Green Kitchen Witch. She loves gardening and cooking- and is naturally gifted at both. She’s also an extraordinary presence, funny as hell, and a genuinely good person. Sara’s the type of friend that you know you’re lucky to have, and immediately want to adopt into your family as blood so there’s no way she could ever be rid of you!
For Valentine’s, she and her wife (another wonderful woman), surprised me with a few thoughtful gifts on my doorstep after I’d had a pretty terrible week. The thoughtfulness and pure spontaneity of the gifts spurned me to finally get this idea out of my dreams and into my car (ha- Billy Ocean for the win!). I wanted to return the kindness and love, and since I’d already wanted to make this craft for her, what better timing?
What you’ll need:
- Five Wooden Spoons (I got mine at Michael’s but you can get them anywhere)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Wire Twine
- Utility Cutter (my husband refers to them as razor pliers)
- Ribbon (I used more wire twine)
- Herbs (in this case, I used decorative fakes)
- Wood Burner
First, lay out your spoons in the pentagram. The orientation will be different depending on the size of your spoons, but you can follow the pattern below to get all 5 spoon ends to match up.
Using your hot glue gun, glue down the top spoon to the handle of the bottom spoon. You’ll glue each spoon down in the center of the pentagram. If you have longer spoons, you may be able to glue them down at the spoons and ends, but I wasn’t able to. This left my ultimate pentagram a little wonky, but since it’ll be hanging up against a wall- you won’t be able to notice it when viewed from the front.
Next, wrap the handles in the center of the pentagram that have been glued together. I used wire twine, but I think if I had it to do again- I’d use regular twine. I might even remove the wire twine and change it out with hemp before giving it away. Use the Utility cutters to cute the wire to size!
After you’ve created the pentagram, it’s now onto the really fun part- decorating! This is entirely up to your style or intent! I knew I wanted to wood burn things into the spoons and given that I have a very cheap wood burner, I knew it couldn’t be too intricate. I wrote out the words with pencil, then once I’d gotten comfortable burning them, I free handed the rest. With a better wood burning tool, I’d have been able to make it more intricate- but I really like how it turned out.
Then, I started adding the decorations! The Quartz Point has been sitting in The Craft Room for a hot minute- and knew it needed to be center stage on this lovely Pentagram. I attached it to the spoons with some jewelry wire, and just twisted with my pliers until it felt very secure. I then glued it in place to the back of the spoons, so it wouldn’t go anywhere!
I had bought a little sprig of fake lavender, and though I wanted to use real herbs, my husband reminded me that it would need to be cleaned and dusted if hung on the wall for any amount of time- and I didn’t want to have Sara’s gift falling apart the first time she ran a duster over it. I used my utility cutters to separate the sprig, and just hot glued them onto the spoons in a random, but cohesive look.
Finally, it was time to add the mechanism to hang the pentagram. I was originally going to go with ribbon, but I wanted a way to make the wire twine I’d used more cohesive, so I decided to use it for the hook instead. I figured out where I wanted it to hang, doubled the amount and created a loop. I secured the hoop to the back of the top spoon using a copious amount of glue. I’m a fan of more is better when it comes to glue.
And this is the end result!! I’m super excited for it, and hope she loves it as much as I loved making it for her!
What do you think of this craft? Is it something you’d make? What would you do differently?
Until next time, my friends…