Am I the only one?
It’s not like you planned it.
It’s not what you intended to spend your afternoon doing.
But once you started…..you could not look away.
Somewhere between the mounds of old refrigerators and the jumbled stack of goblets and the over run rooms full of doll collections and the massive amounts of fountains and the piles and piles and piles of unwieldy trash….oddly enough…..
…….you start to root for them.
You root for them to get their lives back.
And when the episode is finished and the house is clean and the two dump trucks have hauled away enough trash to fill a small country and you go to change the channel….
…..they hook you right there with the preview of the next episode and the lady with the handbag collection.
Will she make it?
Will her husband be able to get his retirement savings back?
How much is too much?
It looks touch and go.
And one can of Pringle’s and seven episodes later….you are feeling so much better about the muddy clothes on your laundry room floor.
So just in case you are recovering from a “Hoarders” marathon, too…..and you need a little organizational inspiration….here’s a fun easy project that you can make in the time it takes….to watch the next episode
Stamped Spoon Door Handle
Silver plate spoons
Drill with metal bit
Step 1: Select spoons
You can create the handles from matching spoons or mix and match silver patterns for fun.
Silver plate is very easy to work with and bends smoothly and is strong enough to hold up to normal wear and tear.
Step 2: Flatten head of spoon
Using a rubber mallet (so you won’t damage the silver) flatten the head of the spoon.
The spoon will still have a few ridges and bumps even though it is almost flat.
Those are my favorite.
They’re called character.
Step 3: Bend handle
This was the easiest step that I thought was going to be the hardest step.
I just bent the handle with my hands.
I used the natural bend in the spoon and applied pressure until it resembled the shape of a handle.
If you want your handles smaller or larger….just adjust the pressure.
Step 4: Stamp spoon
Stamp the spoon with an organizational message.
Or…if you are a non-stamper…you can go stampless.
I think a non-stamped spoon handle is a conversation starter.
Step 5: Drill Holes
Tape the spoon to a block of wood and drill holes in the top and bottom of the spoon.
Screw the spoon into the cabinet.
Let your heart fill with joy.
I hear they are running another “Hoarders” marathon soon.
I’m sure I’ll be too busy to watch.
I’m sure I’ll be doing something really important.
But just in case I’m home and the handbag lady returns to star in another episode…..
….I’ll have the Pringle’s ready
To see my other stamped spoon projects….click here.
PS If you have questions about the actual stamping of spoons or anything else that was not addressed in this rather random tutorial. Please e-mail me. I love random silver questions.