It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. The Christmas trees are coming out in full force. We even made a couple new ones this year…check it out…
Our DIY Christmas Tree Plastic Spoon Craft
I’m going to tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly about this DIY project before we get our Santa’s elf game faces on and go to crafting town on these babies.
Let’s do a pro-con con-pro session:
This is a CHEAP project
They look ADORABLE when you’re done
This takes a LOOOONG time to make…(as in, you could do this while watching a movie marathon of some sort)
DIY Christmas Tree Plastic Spoon Craft Video Tutorial
DIY Christmas Tree Plastic Spoon Craft SUPPLIES:
Christmas lights (white or colored, pick your favorite)
DIY Christmas Tree Plastic Spoon Craft HOW TO:
**Note: We made two trees. They are identical except for the way they were glued onto the poster board tree. For the silver tree, we glued the spoons CONCAVE side out. For the gold tree, we glued the spoons on with the CONVEX side facing out.**
1.) Cut poster board to create a cone.
Holding a string at one corner of your poster board with one hand, trace an arc with the other hand (which is holding your pencil and the other end of the string). Longer arcs = bigger cones and vice versa.
2.) Punch holes to allow light to shine through, if desired.
Cut out your cone shape with scissors. If you desire, you can punch holes in the cone with a drill/drill bit at this point. If you plan to place Christmas lights under your spoon tree, this will help the light shine through the tree a bit more. I used an old cardboard box as a platform to make the drilling easy. Use any size drill bit you want. Ours was approximately 1/8″.
3.) Hot glue poster board into cone shape.
Making sure that the bottom and top of the cone align, hot glue poster board into cone shape. I felt like this was not as easy as it should be, but after a little bit of arm wrestling with the poster board, you’ll get it to work 😉
4.) Cut handles off a gazillion plastic spoons.
Ideally, I would have saved a ton of used plastic spoons, washed them, then used them for this project. That would be a great way to upcycle. So if that’s an option, definitely do it. The spoons will cut fairly easily with some scissors. All in all, we used approximately 80-120 spoons per tree, but this is totally dependent on the size you choose. More are needed for the silver version of the tree than the gold, just as an FYI.
5.) Glue and glitter spoons.
I found the easiest way to do this step was to use a craft paintbrush to “paint” some glue onto the side of the spoon that will be seen (*choose which style you like better from the images, either silver or gold, then paint the glue only on the side of the spoon that will be seen…otherwise, you’ll waste a whole lot of glue and glitter).
I only glued and glittered the bottom half of the spoon. Do more or less as you like. After painting the glue on, simply dip the spoon into a little container of the glitter. Lay your spoons out on wax paper to dry.
6.) Spray with acrylic sealant.
Once your spoons are dry, coat them lightly with acrylic sealant. This will help keep the glitter from falling off and ending up all over your house (you’re welcome).
7.) Glue spoons onto cone.
Starting at the bottom of the cone, and moving around the base in a full circle, hot glue spoons onto the cone. Depending on whether you want to make a tree like the gold or the silver, pay attention to what side of the spoon you are glueing!
The bottom row will take the longest, and the task gets quicker with each concentric circle, but this step takes a WHILE, so be prepared 😉
8.) Place Christmas lights under your tree, if you want.
If you choose to, you can now place your lights under the tree and enjoy the warm glow. Now, OF COURSE, use common sense…if your bulbs burn hot, then FIRST of all, you need to get rid of those dangerous, old school lights. And regardless, you shouldn’t turn the lights on and let them remain on for days on end. Just pay attention to make sure the lights aren’t putting your home in danger of burning down. Nuff said.