The “Spoon Lamp” is a funky-chic and inexpensive way to brighten up any room in your home! This unique look can be made using nothing more than plastic spoons and a plastic bottle. When assembled together, the shape of the spoons will create a fascinating piece of artwork that you’d probably pay a fortune for from a store. It’s a simple craft project that requires patience and a bit of time but the end result is well worth your effort.
What you need to make it happen:
*Directions courtesy of Wikihow.com
Step 1: Disassemble the spoon heads. Be sure to separate the spoon heads from the handles. Don’t throw any of the handles away because they could be used to decorate your lamp shade.
Step 2: Prepare the light shade or lampshade. What shade will you use? There are two basic options, the first being an existing shade in need of updating, the second being a repurposed plastic bottle turned into a shade. In this article, the plastic bottle version is prepared as follows:
Step 3: Determine the pattern you’d like for the light shade or lampshade. Using the spoon heads, you can aim for a neat interlocking, shell-like pattern that allows the spoons to rest evenly a little over each other or you could try having the spoon heads face outward. For best results, lay out the spoons first to ensure you like the pattern, then trial a temporary pattern on the shade itself using tape or poster tack to hold the pieces in place. Don’t be afraid to try different patterns and directions to create interesting effects––this trial will reassure you that the pattern looks good. For the trial:
Step 4: Hot glue the spoons to the shade. Once you’re happy with the pattern you’ve tested, fire up the hot glue gun. Work evenly around the plastic bottle (or existing shade) to adhere the spoon heads. At this stage, should you wish to bedazzle the light shade, you can do so by adding costume gems, rhinestones, etc. in a neat pattern on the spoons. It’s recommended that you don’t overdo this!
Step 5: Make a circlet of spoons for the bottle neck area. To hide the bottle neck area where the electrical cord will be placed, make a circlet of spoons around the neck. This means placing glue into the middle inside of each spoon and attaching the next one until a neat circle has formed. You don’t have to make this circle as tight as the bottle’s neck itself; it just has to hide the bottle neck from anyone viewing the lamp from beneath.
Step 6: Insert the electrical elements through the bottle neck as required. It might be helpful to keep the bottle lid and pierce a hole through it to hold the electrical cord neatly in place. Whether or not this is a useful aspect will depend on the size of the bottle neck, the size of the cord, etc. Judge it by the sizes and need for steadiness of your particular materials.
Step 7: Hang the light shade up or assemble over a lamp base. Switch on the light and enjoy the ambiance created as the light shines through the spoons.
Here is a video on directions for all the visual learners:
By Allexthea Carter