How to reuse plastic cutlery to make a rose

by Megan Bayliss | July 25, 2011 4:15 pm

Here’s something I LOVE. I found this very neat tutorial (and all the pictures) over at Can’t Stop Making Things[1]. I simply applaud her use of plastic (albeit that I would only ever use recycled plastic cutlery).

A very simple concept. You simply melt the spoon over a candle and craft it around a previously melted one. The following instructions (and pictures) are all from Can’t Stop Making Things[1].

What you need:

Hold a plastic spoon about an inch above a lighted candle; bowl facing down. Heat for about 5 or 10 seconds until it starts to melt. Take it off the flame and gingerly (it will be very warm) fold it to resemble a rose bud. Make 2 of these.

Place them together and melt the handles just under the buds. Keep an eye on this so that you don’t get too close to the flame or overheat and cause blackening of the plastic.

When the handles melt, pull them off of the rose bud and push the bud onto a ceramic tile to flatten the melted area.

Melt the rest of the spoons but this time heat the underside of the bowls. The bowl will wrinkle, melt and sag. Take the spoon off the heat and carefully pull on the tip and bend it backwards. Hold until cool and set.

Snip off the handles with garden clippers. When you have about a dozen petals, begin to assemble the rose.

Hold the tip of the petal with the pliers and heat the place on the spoon where the handle was until it begins to melt. Place it on the rose, wait until it cools and sticks.

To Gail at Can’t stop Making Things[2]: please do not ever stop making things. LOVE your crafts and I am very pleased that I can help circulate this one for you.


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