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A DIY, personalized wedding or anniversary gift for less than $20

This might be a little silly (or a bit TMI) for some folks, but I think it’s cute.

Today I’m going to show you how to make an easy piece of “couples” artwork for less than $20 and in under an hour (not counting drying time.)

How to make a unique, personalized wedding or anniversary gift for less than 20 bucks!
I think this “Spooning” artwork would be very cute for a wedding gift or for an anniversary gift.  (Or in my case, just because.)

When I was at SNAP! I saw spoons that had been hammered flat and had text hammered into them.  (I cannot remember the vendor that had them, so sorry.)  I think they were designed to be little plant or garden markers.  Anyhow, a few weeks later I saw a big bin of spoons at my local Goodwill and found two that I thought had a kind of cool design on them.  And for .29 cents a piece, why not?

Spoons for artwork.

Supplies needed:

  • Old frame and glass
  • 1 can silver and 1 can black spray paint (I used Krylon)
  • adhesive letters (I used my Cricut and Contact paper)
  • acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Sea Lavender and Blue Sky)
  • strong adhesive (I like Amazing Goop)
  • 2 spoons (best if one is a little bigger than the other)

The colors I used match our bedroom, but obviously, you could choose whatever like.  If you wanted to, you could also make this work for the kitchen.
I took an old frame that I had laying around and spray painted it silver.

Make a cute wedding or anniversary gift: Spooning artwork

Then I took the glass from the frame and I spray painted it black.  (Yes, you can spray paint anything, including glass.)

I played around with the placement of the spoons and the contact paper letters.

Spooning artwork. A unique and easy wedding or anniversary gift.

At the end of the day, I thought our names made it too busy and opted to leave them off of the project.

I figured out where the spoons would go and adhered the letters accordingly.  Once the letters were pressed on, I added the two blue paint colors I wanted.  (Just squirt the paint directly onto the glass.)

Making Spooning artwork. A unique and easy wedding or anniversary gift.

Apply the paint, making sure your brush strokes go in one direction only.  (I chose side to side, horizontally.)  When the paint is set (but not totally dry) go ahead and carefully start peeling up the letters.  I used the tip of an exacto knife and tweezers to pull them off.

Create your own personalized artwork. Great for a wedding or anniversary gift.

When all of the letters have been peeled away and the paint is dry, apply the adhesive to the lowest part of the back of the spoon (basically where the bowl of the spoon rests when you set it on the table) and also on the back of the handle where it hits the table.

Spooning artwork. A unique and easy wedding or anniversary gift.

Once the glue is applied to the spoons, carefully position them where you want them and let them sit.  I let mine cure overnight, just to be sure it was nice and secure.

I love how it turned out.  I think it’s fun and whimsical, and it is certainly unique.

How to make a unique, personalized wedding or anniversary gift. (for less than 20 bucks!)

What do you think? Happy crafting!



MiMi said...

May 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Cheesy and adorable. I want. :)

reFresh reStyle said...

May 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm
Great idea! Love it!

Sara @ said...

May 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm
This is way too cute!!

Natalie said...

May 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm
Ahhaha!! I love it so much! Thanks for the great idea!

Colleen said...

May 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm
That is adorable.

I think I might do it with forks.

Because we're that classy.

Colleen said...

May 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm
That is adorable.

I think I might do it with forks.

Because we're that classy.

Colleen said...

May 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm
That is adorable.

I think I might do it with forks.

Because we're that classy.

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

May 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm
Cute! Reminds me of the old saying..."Spooning leads to Forking!" Ha! Could not resist...

Bliss said...

May 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm
I think it's fun!


Shawn said...

May 22, 2012 at 1:34 am
Super cute! I would love this with old monogrammed spoons, like the one I had made into a ring!

Kristy said...

May 22, 2012 at 2:50 am
My Anniversary is TOMORROW and I have old monogrammed spoons! Perfect timing!! :) it's adorable!

Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise said...

May 22, 2012 at 11:33 am
Clever and cute!!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

May 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

nest of posies said...

May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm
i totally love this.

i'm so going to do this.


Kelli said...

May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm

PitterAndGlink said...

May 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm
Hahahaha! This is great!!!

Katie said...

May 23, 2012 at 10:53 am
Ahhh! I love it--so stinking creative!!!

Stacy said...

May 23, 2012 at 11:45 am
This is FABULOUS!!! :-) What a great idea! I'll be keeping my eyes open at yard sales for sure. :-)

~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

Beverly Pennington said...

May 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm
LOVE LOVE LOVE - that is too cute!

At The Picket Fence said...

May 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm
Soooo cute! I love this idea. Pinned it!


furrrball said...

June 1, 2012 at 4:21 am
Don't have a cricut so I'm going to print the words using black ink on white card stock, glue on the spoons, and frame it in a shadow box. May not look as sharp but I won't have to dust the spoons!

Jen Lossing said...

June 1, 2012 at 5:25 am
This is adorable. How clever and unique. Great job!

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

June 2, 2012 at 12:07 am
Haha This is SO funny! Great job! :)
Happy Day!

Jennifer said...

June 2, 2012 at 5:14 am
Hehehe! So fun!!

thistlewoodfarm said...

June 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm
This is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing and thanks for the inspiration.

:) blessings,

Michaela @ said...

June 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm
I think it's hilarious! I have a friend who's getting married in a month and I can't make the wedding. She's just goofy enough to enjoy this too. Thanks so much for sharing the idea!

Susie {a.k.a. Mrs V} said...

June 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm
I absolutely love this! I have just the spot to add one to our home, thank you so much for the inspiration!!

Kathryn said...

June 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm
Cute idea!

Taylor-Ann said...

June 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm
Such a cute idea. I would love if you came and linked up some of your great posts to my link party @ Show Off Monday on Kampen Lane.


Debbiedoo's said...

June 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm
This is absolutely adorable! I just saw Karianne did one almost like it, and so wished I would have seen this inspiration before our Anniversary in May. Maybe next year:) I have to pin it to remember.

Becca said...

June 18, 2012 at 4:15 am
I don;t know how I missed this post- but it is just darling!! What a great idea!
xo Becca

Sarah said...

July 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm
Okay I'm trying not to leave you a raving comment about how frustrated I am after trying to recreate this as an anniversary present for my sister, but I'm on a tight budget and just spent that said budget on the supplies for this.

After waiting for the acrylic paint to set I pulled off the letters only to have the layer of black spray paint and much of the surrounding acrylic paint peel off as well, leaving a clear spot of glass where my letters should be.

Was I suppose to paint one side black and then use the acrylic paint on the other side? If so, your tutorial did not specify. Or perhaps I should have let both the black spray paint and the acrylic paint dry longer? I don't know... but I'm very disappointed.

Sandra Hersey said...

March 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm
I cannot wait to make this for my daughter's shower!! Great blog too!

Kara Hanson said...

May 6, 2014 at 12:20 am
How can you this much creative?Awesome idea and in a less span of time!!!!Definitely want to try this because it's an affordable rate.

vivienne said...

May 6, 2014 at 11:36 am
Thank you!

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I am making this as we speak for mine and my husband's anniversary. He loves my corny projects; thanks for posting!!!

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December 16, 2014 at 7:16 pm
I am going to do this as décor for my kitchen. I would like to make a frame with my son's baby fork in it and put it right below the spooning one. I need a cute saying though. I thought of putting "Spooning since 2005" on one and putting "Forked in 2008" on the other one for my son.

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Amber said...

May 21, 2015 at 10:58 am
what size is this? An 8x10 or 5x7? Thanks!

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May 26, 2015 at 8:50 am
Hi Amber, it is an 8 x 10.

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