Crafts & DIY
Paint tips of plastic spoons and glue them together to make a beautiful candle holder
What I love most about this project is how versatile it can be. The color and design options are a thing of beauty.
Elijah Chan
04.18.22

Who says recycling can’t produce beautiful projects?

In our fast-paced consumption of goods, landfills are often overwhelmed before we can even empty them.

Plastic is one of the main culprits, most especially, single-use ones like wrappers and utensils.

This doesn’t have to be the case.

That’s exactly what we’ll use in this project.

If you have some plastic spoons, corrugated cardboard, and a bucketful of creativity, then you’re good to go!

Here’s what we’ll need:

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  • Plastic spoons
  • Acrylic paint
  • Corrugated cardboard and an empty ring of masking tape
  • Felt cloth
  • Aluminum wires
  • Rope
  • Hot glue

First, let’s prepare the petals.

Paint the spoons with acrylic paint. Remember to use acrylic because it sticks well to a plastic surface.

Start from the tips then brush down towards the handle to make that “fade” effect. Don’t paint the spoons entirely as it can block off the light.

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YouTube Screenshot - Lista Tsurayya

You can cut the spoon handles just by the neck but leave some spoons with their handles intact.

Then, let’s create the base.

Trace the used tape ring onto a corrugated cardboard piece. Cut the piece and using hot glue, paste it under the tape ring so your lamp can have a base.

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YouTube Screenshot - Lista Tsurayya

Then, cut some felt cloth strips to wrap your flower base with. Use hot glue for a better stick. Make sure to cover the inside and the underside with felt.

Then, it’s time to make the flower.

Using hot glue, stick the spoons with the handles upright along the ring.

Make sure that the spoon is facing inside to emulate the petals of a flower. Cut the excess handle parts.

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YouTube Screenshot - Lista Tsurayya

Then, for your next layer of petals, put some hot glue on the base of the remaining spoons and stick them between your first layer.

Angle them slightly outwards.

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YouTube Screenshot - Lista Tsurayya

For the last layer, glue them on the underside of the base. Your petals should face upwards.

Then, let’s create your main base.

Cut two discs from your corrugated cardboard. Glue about two inches of the aluminum wires onto the side of one of the cardboard discs.

Then, glue the other disc to cover the wires.

Fold the wires upward then slightly bend the outer wires towards the inner wires. Bundle the wires together on the top.

To make it more aesthetically pleasing, wrap cotton rope around the wires to cover them.

YouTube Screenshot - Lista Tsurayya
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YouTube Screenshot - Lista Tsurayya

Bend and shape the rope to the height that you desire. Glue chains or strings into the inner part of your flower and tie it to the tip of your lamp arm.

Now to embellish.

You can use green felt cloth to cut some leaves or you can use some recycled plastic flowers to decorate your base. Use hot-glue to secure them in place.

Then, place a battery-operated candle inside the flower and watch your flower lamp glow!

YouTube Screenshot - Lista Tsurayya
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YouTube Screenshot - Lista Tsurayya

Don’t throw out the spoon handles as you can use that for other projects as well!

It might look like a simple art project but it already helped you upcycle some plastic and cardboard while giving your desk a magical corner.

Watch the video below to see the entire creation process!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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