recycle your plastic spoons: melted spoon flower

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Sometime back I had the awesome honor of having this craft featured over at Someday Crafts.
Seriously…wicked cool.

But..you all are my peeps (ha, what a dork am I) and you deserve this awesome craft too.

And if you read this blog you are crazy enough to start fires in the name of crafts!

Levi finished his school lessons early one day and was looking for something to do. I wanted to do something “educational” and remembered this project I had seen on Pinterest…

It’s hard to see the picture, I know. And the link is in another language. It’s not my fault…really!
But, the general idea is to melt spoons and make a flower.
8 year old…fire…spoons…what’s not to love!
Well, this little science experiment turned out awesome!
You need a bunch of plastic spoons. I didn’t count how many we used…hang on I will count…
I think I see 12. And then you need to clip the handles off of them. I recommend a heavy duty snipper.
Hold your spoon over the flame of a candle (I used a blue one…:), just in case you cared).

I found that passing it thru the flame and back and forth works best. Stop after it passes thru very briefly to see if it is curling. Its kind of a trial and error sort of thing. Good thing plastic spoons are a dime a dozen.

The object is to get the spoon to curl into itself. You want various levels of “curl”.


Ignore the forks, I thought I had a brilliant idea but it didn’t work.
Anyways you can see the mess of curled spoons. Don’t worry, it looks good in the end.

The cool part is the flame turns the plastic black. You do need to wipe some soot off, and it gets messy.
But, that takes like…5 minutes…you’ll survive.

This next part gets a little hairy. But, my kids sure thought it was cool!
Take your cooled, curled spoons and stick the handles into the flames until the ends are on fire.
Yep, on fire. Your kids will want to do it themselves. Say no!!

Squish the ends on top of each other. Put out the fire if it didn’t get put out when you squished it.
Let them cool a bit before doing the next one.

Keep going and going around and around until you get something like this…

And then you want to take a few of the handles, hold them with a pliers or something.

Hold them into the flame so they curl. Do not start them on fire please.

You want one curled tight, one curled less tightly to go around the first one, and the next one to go around the last. You get the idea.

You are making the center.

See…now it looks like a flower.


I found a plain white vase…


some superglue…
and jazzed up that vase!


Isn’t she pretty!

I like science experiments! Ones this quick and easy are my favorites!
And never fear…my 8 year old got bored quick because he wasn’t allowed to play with fire.
Sad day! I am one of those mean mommies. Yup, I think I even have a certificate around here someplace!

Oooh…oooh…stop by tomorrow for the first of the…

It’s gonna be fun!

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Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Debbie @ My Little Mess

    March 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Your flower turned out awesome! I have the tutorial pinned too but was too much of a chicken to try it out! I’m glad to know it isn’t as hard as I thought it was.

    • Janel

      March 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      I know…I was scared too. But it was really easy and fun! Definitely give it a try!

  2. Catharine @ Your Modern Couple

    March 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

    This is so cool! I would have never thought of this! I just love how it turned out :)

    • Janel

      March 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Isn’t it the coolest! We were so surprised that it actually worked! Thanks so much for stopping.

  3. Megan

    March 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

    That’s pretty awesome!

    • Janel

      March 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much!

  4. Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer

    February 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    This turned out great. I also saw this on Pinterest and wanted to make one as well. I love to see it brought to real life. Great job!

    • Janel

      February 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks! It was a fun project and alot easier then I thought it would be!

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