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Upcycled Soup Spoon Christmas Ornaments

December 11, 2023

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I recently dove into the silverware drawer to upcycle some spoons and turn them into handmade Christmas ornaments.

It's an easy DIY and one that's fun to do. Plus, it will decorate your home in charming homemade holiday style.

How To Make  Decoupage Spoon Ornaments  For Christmas

December days are unpredictable in my neck of the woods. Mother Nature keeps us on our toes.

In the last few days, we've dodged snowflakes, walked on a warm, sunny beach and dealt with some ugly wet weather.

That was yesterday. A total washout. High winds and rain.

Which made me very happy, since I was able to stay inside, put on a few old Christmas flicks and craft.

I worked on several different projects, but one was so adorable, I couldn't wait to share it.

So there I was, on a Sunday evening, typing away and super excited to share my latest...and dare I say greatest...Christmas craft?

I'll leave the judgement you.

But it's a good one.

You see several months ago, when we were out pumpkin picking in farm country, we stopped in a local Christmas shop.

They literally had thousands of unique ornaments on display, but one in particular caught my eye.

It was a painted spoon, so sweet.

Of course I bought it, with the intention of making my own, someday, if I happened to find cheap spoons.

Stainless Steel Soup Spoons

Well, lo and behold, a few weeks later I was in a shop and found these spoons for .50 each.

They were soup spoons, solid stainless steel and had the perfect full and round shape to add some seasonal pictures.

That was it, I was all set.

How To Decoupage Spoons 


I have to say, this was another craft that was pure joy to make. I found myself humming while I cut, pasted and sealed. Very easy, very adorable and very adaptable to any season or celebration.

Think wind chimes or banners. 

Supplies:


Your napkin choices are important. You need tiny designs. I spent several weeks grabbing holiday paper goods, that I thought would fit on the spoon.

I had all the other supplies on hand.

Christmas Napkins For Crafts
The first thing you need to do, is decide if you're going to drill holes in your spoon handles to hang your ornaments or not. I did some that way with the help of my husband.

Drilling Into Spoons For DIY Ornaments

However, you don't need to do that. I hot glued ribbon to the back to hang several of mine. 

Once you decide how you plan to hang them on your tree, you can start decorating.

I began the process by painting the front and back of each spoon with a foam pouncer in an ivory colored chalk paint.

Painting Spoons For Christmas Crafts

I used ivory so whatever napkin I used would have a neutral palette behind it.

While the paint was drying, I looked for parts of the napkins that would fit nicely on the spoons.

Painted Spoons

Then I cut out the designs I liked.

I didn't worry about perfect edges since I knew I could file away any part of the napkin that hung over the end of the spoons later. 

Cut Out Napkins For Decoupage

Next, I separated my napkins, making sure I removed all the layers.

Sometimes the third layer is hard to grab, but a small tear at the edges will often reveal it.

Separating Napkin Layers For Decoupage

When the paint was completely dry, I opened my decoupage medium, you can use Mod Podge or whatever brand you like best.

I grabbed a brush and coated the entire spoon and handle with it.

Adding Decoupage To Spoons For Crafts

Then I simply placed the napkins pieces down on the metal and smoothed out any wrinkles with my fingers that were tucked inside a plastic bag.

Using Napkins To Decorate Spoons For Christmas

The handles of the spoons were also a blank canvas, so I used other parts of the napkins to cover them with a bit of holiday color, as well.

For the spoons with holes, I used a pin to poke through the wet napkin to expose the opening.

Decorate The Handle Of A Spoon Ornament

Once all my spoons were decorated, I sealed them with DecoArt Glass Varnish since I wanted them to shine.

When they were dry, I used a bit of fine sandpaper to remove any frayed pieces of the napkin. 

Sealing Decoupage With DuraClear Gloss Varnish

Lastly, I threaded some red ribbon or twine through the drilled holes.

Or glued it on the back of my spoons to place them on the tree.

Gluing Ribbon On Christmas Ornament

Speaking of which, I kinda fell in love with this crafty process and made a lot of these flatware suckers.

I considered giving some of them away...and I will, since I have so many...using them the decorate packages with ribbons.

Decoupage Spoon Handmade Gift on a package

Or as hostess, teacher or family gifts on their own.

Upcycled Kitchen Spoon Ornaments For Christmas

I still had so many more though, so I decided to make a kitchen spoon tree.

Kitchen Christmas Tree With Spoon Ornaments

I have to say, it's just darling.

It looks so festive and quite charming in my cottage style Christmas kitchen. Decorated with my upcycled spoon ornaments.

This one embellished with the same snow I used on my Santa doorknob hanger.

Christmas Tree Spoon Ornament Craft

A thematic ode to holidays, with snowmen and Santa Claus, hanging on my tree in a culinary fashion. 

Decoupage Snowman Spoon Ornaments DIY

And a fun one, to boot!

Can you see why I couldn't wait to share?

Santa Spoon Christmas Ornament DIY

What do you think of my decorated spoons?

🥄

Merry Christmas Crafting, Friends!
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  1. I think that would work with plastic spoons as well. Cool.

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    1. I think it would, Pat!! I have to try that next. Thanks for the tip.

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  2. I've been putting snowman faces on wooden spoons, but I think I like this better.

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    1. It's definitely a fun craft! I hope you'll let me know if you try it...and I've never tried wooden spoon crafts. Maybe I should try that next. Thanks for the idea!

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  3. ADORABLE!!! I have many spoons in our home, and this gave some great ideas. Now I have o figure how to use them but then again there's next Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Cindy!! I had so much fun making these. Of course, now I have a tons of napkins so I need to find more spoons to use up my stash for next Christmas, too!

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  4. What an adorable and delightful craft!
    This could be used for any holiday gift!
    But This by far, has been the most "original" craft by far!
    Thanks for sharing! <3

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    1. Thanks so much!! I really enjoyed making these and I just adore the way they turned out. I can't wait to make more and I hope you have fun making some, too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sara! I absolutely love these.

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  6. These are absolutely beautiful! I love ALL of them!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Shannon! I found some great napkins in the grocery store and at Marshall's...and one or two packs in little shops. They made all the difference...

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  7. Cute, cute, cute! I like how you did the handles too, really adds to it!

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    1. Thanks Mari!! I think this is my all time favorite Christmas craft.

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  8. This idea would have never occurred to me. What a darling craft! - Briana from Texas

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    1. Thank you, Briana! Once I spotting a painted spoon in that shop, I knew these had to be on my crafting list. I just also knew that I couldn't paint mine, so it was napkins to the rescue!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carla!! I could see some Christmas chicks, ducks, kitties and puppies decorating your spoon tree. I just know there are holiday farm napkins out there!!

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  10. Absolutely adorable Kim - you are a genuinely talented creative crafter - I love your ideas! Your spoon tree is just beautiful! I know it makes you smile whenever you look at it!

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    1. Marilyn, you just totally made my day with your very sweet, sweet words. I had so much fun making these and they were so easy to create, I just had to share. I hope others enjoy this crafty Christmas DIY as much as I did!

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  11. Love these! I'll be on the lookout for seasonal napkins to craft holiday spoons for year round!!

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    1. Oh yay, Sue!! That makes me smile. I really enjoyed this one, I had to share in hopes that it would brighten someone else's Christmas crafting season!

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  12. Love this idea..good, clear directions. Will definitely be trying these!

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    1. Thank you so much and I'm so glad you found the directions clear. The former teacher in me is happy to hear that!! Enjoy and thanks for taking the time to let me know you liked the post!

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  13. Very cute idea Kim, love the spoon tree. so creative and fun.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! I've never had a thematic kitchen tree before. I think your lovely tablescapes are inspiring me!

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  14. Such a clever idea, Kim. I guess I better keep an eye out for soup spoons. Love this!

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    1. Ann, put your collector's hat on...this is one of the most addictive crafts I've ever made. You will want to have tons of spoons hanging from your tree!!

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  15. These are truly one of a kind and will look great on anyone's tree!!

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  16. I think this is one of your best crafts. These are too cute. Who knew soup spoons could be so cute. Love this. Hugs. Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! I love this one, too! I had such a good time making them and they’re so cute on my tree!! I can’t stop. Haha! I guess next year you know what you’ll be getting. I just have to find some tiny angel napkins! 😉

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  17. Those are very adorable and what a sweet little tree for the kitchen!

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    1. Thanks Gina! I've always had a kitchen tree, but it was never decorated with anything more than lights. It's so much more festive this way!

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  18. These are gorgeous! And I love them tied to gifts! How cute! You are just knocking it out of the park with the cute Christmas crafts this year! I can't wait to see what is next!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mandy! I think everyone is getting spoons this year instead of bows on their gifts. Haha!

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  19. Kim, out of all of the Christmas crafts you've done - This is my favorite! I love the spoon ornaments and they look so cute on the small tree. I am pinning this and hope to do some crafting after the holidays.

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    1. Thanks Julie! This one is my favorite, too. I loved making them, I think I'm slightly obsessed! If you make some you'll have to let me know!

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  20. You're right, absolutely darling! I think the snow bedecked tree is my most favorite. I one time wanted to use all my small sterling silver demitasse spoons for a kitchen Christmas tree by tying ribbon around them to hang but it was just one of my never carried through ideas. Kim I did order the battery votive candles you recommended earlier--is was you, wasn't it?--and we love them! I'll keep them out year round.

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    1. Thanks so much, Dewena! I have to say I really am enjoying this craft and the results. I made that tree for my daughter, since she loves blue, but I might keep it and whip her up another. And yes, I did share some votives and I adore them. I'm glad to hear you enjoy the light from them. They're my favorite!!

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  21. Kim, these are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

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    1. Thank you!! I really appreciate the pin and the sweet comment!!

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  22. Hi Kim! These are wonderful! i love to decopauge so this gives me something new to upcycle. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. So glad you like the idea! I had fun making them and decoupage is my new obsession!!

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  23. Oh my goodness, the spoons are so adorable and look so great on your little tree! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Kitty! I just love them. Not sure I'm going to be able to put them away when the tree comes down!! 🤣

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  24. OMG!! Kim, these are just incredible....LOVE them!! I will be watching for soup spoons now!! Thanks again for the inspiration!!
    HUgs,
    Deb

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    1. SO glad you're inspired, Deb! This was a fun one. I can see myself making more this spring!

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  25. I absolutely adore these, Kim! I featured you at Vintage Charm Party #419! xo Kathleen

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    1. Thanks Kathleen!! I'm truly honored and humbled.

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  26. Thinking into other holidays & seasons………….valentine hearts, spring flowers (handle stem) , Easter bunnies ( handle =1 ear, paint floppy ear on spoon part) , 4th flags on pole, etc! Thanks for the ideas!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes!! I've been keeping my eyes open for all sorts of holiday napkins, I'm ready to decorate with spoons for all of them. I love your ideas, thanks for sharing with me!!

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  27. YES!!!! What a perfect way to turn inexpensive spoons into something special. I have a big soup spoon that's been hanging a round for years. I may just do something similar. Love this idea.

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    1. Oh a big soup spoon makeover sounds divine, Michelle. I can't wait to see what you come up with for that DIY!!

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