I feel like I’m starting every blog post with “I’ve been wanted to do this DIY for a while now”. But it’s true – I have so many more ideas than time at the moment. But hopefully that is all due to change. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I’m bringing my sister on board as my business coach and general organisation guru. She’s a scheduling power house and I’m really excited to have her helping me out in this area because it’s something I definitely struggle with. Hopefully this will mean more timely DIY’s right here on the blog.
These DIY clay and driftwood spoons are perfect props for your Instagram photos and I’ve covered them in a food safe Decopatch varnish so you can use them for dry foods like sprinkling sugar on your Sunday brunch pancakes. Just be careful not to put them in water because they will melt!
Alternatively if you have a pottery class nearby these are a great project to get fired, then you can use them for whatever you like.
Materials Air dry clay | Driftwood | 1.5mm wire | Drill | Food Safe Varnish
1. Make sure the clay is not too dry – you can add a little water if it’s from an older pack. Then roll a small ball and slowly flatten it out. Pinch one edge of the clay together to create the ‘stalk’ then continue to flatten and smooth the whole spoon out. Work around the edges of the circle to make them thinner than the middle and lift them to create a concave shape.
Once you’re happy with the shape smooth it over with water.
2. Cut off small sections of wire and straighten them. Push them up through the stalk and just into the spoon head. You can feel the wire moving through the clay. Make sure you don’t go too far and pop out.
Stretch and smooth the clay stalk down the remaining wire thinning it out as much as possible.
3. When you’ve made all the spoons leave them to dry out fully in a warm place. Sand them with fine sandpaper to create a smooth surface.
4. Drill holes into the driftwood. I recommend you get more than you need as I cracked a few while drilling. I used an 8mm wooden drill bit and a clamp to hold the driftwood.
Check the spoon stalks fit into the holes and sand them more if you need to. Coat them in a couple of laters of varnish. Use a little all purpose glue on the end of the stalk to hold it in place in the driftwood and leave to dry.
What do you think? How would you use these spoons? I’d love to hear your ideas for them or see them on Instagram. Tag @fallfordiy with your makes x
Marwa | Enthralling Gumption says
I am blown away Fran, that is it you are the queen of clay making. I am blessed for the day I found your blog.
This and bunny planter is in my to-do list now. Hope to make them soon and rock my Instagram;)
Eden Passante says
These are beautiful! These would be great to use to serve sugar with coffee for guests!
Gorgeous, Fran! These little spoons will be perfect for shopping pretty beads for jewelry too!
Haha! I’m sure they could help me shop for them too! Pressing the keys with the wood? Who am I kidding, I don’t need help shopping for beads! Scooping though for sure xx
Love these little spoons so much! What a fabulous idea to use driftwood! xoxo
These are adorable! I really want to check out that varnish for treating it and making it food-safe. Thanks for sharing this!
-Clarissa @ http://www.theviewfromhere.is
Catherine Meschia says
Soon as the weather gets warmer, I’ll be hunting down driftwood! Great diy :)
I appreciate all of you who share your diy ideas. Thanks so much. My daughter and I have been giving each other spoons for Xmas. I’ll surprise her with these next Xmas. Absolutely lovely! I’ll send you photos of mine when I get around to making them. Again, and again, thanks!!!! SUPER!!!
mary springer says
Love this~~ so creative and unique..really wanted to pin to make later but its not working..not pinning no picture shows up. Tried on another laptop to make sure not my laptop but still not working..bummer! Hope it gets fixed and I can remember to come back to it..love them! Can you please email me later to let m know they are pinning again?
Denis Mountain says
Really a fan of your art, these small serving spoons made from ceramics looks great.
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