I’m always looking for cheap and easy projects, especially things that can incorporate items I already have around the house. I’m excited to share my latest project, an Upcycled Laurel Wreath and Monogram.
It seems when my mom comes to visit, I want to spruce up a little and it’s always a good excuse to mix up my decor. She will be here in a couple of weeks so I’ve been looking around the house at things to work on. I would much prefer to use my money playing and shopping while she is here so I wanted to do something with things I already have on hand. I saw this plastic spoon laurel wreath idea over on The Nesting Place and I loved it. I wanted to make it a little different and my own so I added a cardboard monogram of our last name and spray painted it gold.
This takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Here is what you will need:
About 50 plastic spoons (have a drawer of take out spoons in your office or home – perfect time to clean that up!)
Cardboard box remanent (about 8×10 size or larger)
Spray Paint that will work on plastic
Hot glue gun and glue (if hanging outdoors, use a super glue. the hot glue can melt if it gets hot out and then your project can fall apart)
1) You just take the spoons and put a dot of glue in the same spot on each spoon near the top and and bottom of the handle. Keep the spoons laying on the table as you glue to keep everything level. The spoons have a natural curve and will make the circle as you go around.
2) Print out an 8×10 size letter of your last name, I used Sweet Pea font for mine. Cut out the initial on paper and then trace it onto your box, I used a post office box I had laying around but usually have a diaper box or even cereal box that would have worked too. Cut out the letter, seems a little redundant but I wanted something a little thicker than paper.
3) Make sure the letter fits in the wreath.
4) Take it outside and lay on a box (I used the same cardboard box I cut my initial monogram out of) and spray paint. I liked it in white but wanted to glam it up a little. Make quick, even strokes. I let it dry for a minute and then flipped it over and made sure I covered everything. At this point I was a little worried about using the cardboard because I could see creases in it but you can’t really see it in the finished product unless you are up close and intentionally examining it. You could use a jig saw and trace the letter onto wood and cut it out but I don’t have any scrap wood so I made do with what I had on hand. I attached some ribbon to hang the wreath and glued a strand of it to the monogram. Then done!
Up close you can tell it is made of plastic spoons but no really from the front view.
I am seriously in love with the way this turned out.