Thursday, February 2, 2012

Craft Tutorial: Love is All You Need - Chinese Soup Spoon Wall Art

Something about the Chinese soup spoon - the white shiny surface, the wide spoon area - calls out to me like a blank canvas. It’s also a fixture in my life…a symbol of childhood and culture, of home, and of comfort. Of love.

And I love The Beatles. All you need is love, bum bum bumbum be dum, Love is all you need.

Love Is All You Need Chinese Soup Spoon Wall Art

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Here’s how my “Love is All You Need” Chinese Soup Spoon Wall Art came together.

Materials:

  • Four Chinese Soup Spoons, such as these MIU France Chinese Soup Spoon, Bone China, Set of 12, which are very similar in size to these ones I got at a local Asian supermarket.
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Wood Pieces. You can use several pieces of wood glued/nailed together, or one big piece.
  • A strong glue, such as Gorilla Glue.
  • Black and red cardstock
  • Scissors
  • A template to cut out letters. You can use an electronic cutter like a Cricut, or you can print out letters and trace them and cut out by hand as I did.
  • Heart shaped paper punch (or cut it by hand).
  • Transfer paper, ballpoint pen or stylus, acrylic paint and thin paint brush to paint lettering (or you can use a stencil and stencil brush)
  • Hanging hardware and twine

Directions:

The Dimensional Magic takes a while to dry, so I started with the spoons. First, cut out your letters. I printed out the letters L, V and E using MS Word with Britannic Bold Font, 150 pt. I cut out the letters and then traced them onto black cardstock, and cut out the cardstock. Also cut out a red heart for the letter O.

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Place them into the spoons and fill with Dimensional Magic about 1/2 of the way.

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Notes on using Dimensional Magic:

  • Don’t shake the bottle or you will get air bubbles, which are really hard to pop! If you do get air bubbles, use a toothpick to either try to pop it, or just swish it to the side where it won’t be seen…just make sure it’s not directly above the cardstock.
  • The directions on the Dimensional Magic says it takes 3 hours to dry, but it looks like that’s if it’s a thin layer. Because mine is about 1/4 inch thick, it takes a lot longer! I let mine dry for 12 hours, so plan your day accordingly. Sometimes it looked like it was dry, but when I tipped the spoon over, the Dimensional Magic still sloshed around. Which brings me to…
  • Don’t move the spoons too much as they’re drying. And make sure you set them aside too so you don’t knock them over.
  • But…do check on your spoons periodically. Sometimes the cardstock will float up or reposition lopsidedly. Sometimes, air bubbles will form. Use a toothpick to gently reposition things and pop/swish bubbles to the side.
  • Don’t wear a dry clean only sweater while using Dimensional Magic. You will no doubt put your elbow in it.

While the spoons are drying, start working on the wood pieces. I found a bag of wood pieces for $2 at the thrift store.

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You can either nail them together or glue them as I did. Or, use one big piece of wood. I used Gorilla Glue, following the directions (wet the surface and apply a super thin bead of glue, let dry for 30-60 minutes). I first glued six pieces together, then glued three pieces together.

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I painted the words onto the three pieces. I didn’t glue the three pieces to the rest of them, just in case I messed up (This would also be my first time free-hand painting letters (well sort of…I used transfer paper first)). The font I used was Bauhaus, 100 pt.

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The transfer paper was from a stash of vintage sewing supplies I found at a yard sale. I used a ballpoint pen to trace the letters.

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Then I used a thin brush to paint on 3 coats of acrylic paint. When dry, glue the 3 pieces of wood to the rest of the pieces.

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When the spoons and wood are dry, center the spoons onto the wood. Lightly dampen the back of the spoon and the wood where the spoon will go, and apply a very thin layer of Gorilla Glue. It may seem that the spoon won’t stick, but just give it a gentle press and leave it there. The glue will expand and it will stick.

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Finally, add your hanging hardware. I’m using these eye hook thingys, and some twine.

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I decided to hang this on my front door until I make something new for Spring!

Chinese Soup Spoon Valentines Wall Art

Love Is All You Need Valentines Day Wall Art

[And just so you know…while I was peeking through the peephole to see if it was being blocked, there.was.a.spider.inside.the.peephole. Peeping back at me. With his 8 billion eyes. Really? Seriously? This stuff only happens to me. Shudder shudder shudder.]

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16 comments:

  1. Such a cute project! I love the soup spoons!

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  2. Adorable! Would be perfect for a kitchen. Or a front door. :)

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  3. This is so clever and cute! We would love it if you would share this at our link party! Our readers would thing this was so adorable!

    http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2012/01/uncommonly-yours-link-party-13-and.html

    Take care, Trish @ Uncommon

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  4. Get out of town this is so stinken clever & hip!

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  5. ACK! Spider!!! Creepy. Is that like the groundhog? If you see a spider in your peephole - 6 more weeks of winter! NOOOO!

    Haha

    Beautiful artwork Steph. Love it.

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  6. That came out so adorable! I love those spoons because I have sensitive teeth so no metal spoons for me and I love the size too. What a fantastic wall hanging.

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  7. adorable I may just have to give this a go

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  8. Such a cute idea!! I would love for you to link up at my Valentines party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  9. How insanely creative you are! This is great! I hope you will link this up to my I Heart Projects Linky Party.
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  10. This is so very cute Steph! I've never tried that Dimensional Magic but really want to!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this transfer technique at our 'Time for a Party' link-up.

    Tomorrow we'll open a new party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ and we'd love to see you there then again with a beautiful project like this.

    Till then! Keep on sharing those great techniques.

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  12. I am wondering how long the wood is? I have everything to make it but not sure how long to cut my bords? Here is my email carrythecross11@yahoo.com

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  13. Steph...these are simply adorable! I'm so glad you shared this with us at Throwback Thursdays.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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