There are days when I think blogging is one of the most fun jobs there is.
It’s kind of like Lady Mary at Downton Abbey.
Someone is always showing up with an invitation to a party on a silver platter while you are sitting and having tea with Grandmama trying to explain to her why you want to go out with a race car driver.
Just like the invite that showed up in my inbox from my friend Stacy.
She explained she planning a blogger event where she sent us all the same item and challenged us to use our creativity and transform something ordinary into something extraordinary.
I sent over my acceptance and four months later this showed up.
A wood slice and an entire world of possibilities.
Want to see what I made with mine?
I started with a wood slice and a little vintage silver plate.
And ended up with this.
A silver handled wood cutting board.
Because every wood slice needs a little bit of fancy.
To make the project I started with vintage silver plate spoons.
You can find these relatively inexpensively at thrift stores and antique stores and they usually come in an entire place setting for 12 for around $75 depending on the pattern and age of the pieces. Sometimes you get lucky and find a few serving pieces by themselves for $4 to $5 a piece.
I have several sets I use for projects and then the rest I mix and match at Christmastime.
Start by flattening the spoons with a rubber mallet.
It is relatively easy because the silver plate is soft.
They never really flatten completely. They have a few bumps in the middle.
If you want them completely flat, you can clamp them in a vise grip.
Next, stamp whatever saying you want on the spoons.
You can read all about how to stamp silver plate here. There are step by step instructions on this post.
I used 1/4″ stamps in capital letters for this project.
(total aside: does any one else get capitol and capital mixed up, too?)
I stamped “ADD JOY” to one spoon and “WITH EVERY SPOONFUL” except I went all enthusiastic and added an extra L to my word so it really looks like this “WITH EVERY SPOONFULL”
And the saddest part? I just noticed it as I’m typing the post.
Note to self: please spell check your spoons.
Next drill a hole in the spoon and bend the spoon in half to create a handle for the wood slice.
You need a small drill bit to make a small hole.
This is what we used to attach the spoon to the top of the wood slice.
Here’s the reverse side of the wood slice.
We used nails to attach the end of the spoon to the under side of the wood because our pattern already had holes on the end.
If your pattern doesn’t, simply drill a hole in the end of the spoon to attach it.
Next, you’ll want to prepare the top of the wood slice for food.
Here’s an easy tutorial for that.
You will also want to fill in your silver stamped letters with a sharpie to truly define the words.
So they look like this.
Here’s an overview so you can see my stamping misstep in all its glory.
There’s my spoonfull.
Not to be confused with shameful.
Now are you interested in what the other bloggers created with their wood slices?
Oh good, me too.
Here’s what Stacy made (love it).
And here’s what my girl Julie created (I’m making it).
Now grab a wood slice and create.