A couple of months ago we helped friends of ours move, Rick spotted an old crate in the trash pile. They had found the crate behind a grocery store, it was unusually long (about four feet) and missing some wood, but it had a great look to it. I took it off their hands (trash pile) and figured I would make use of the crate in some fashion. I decided that the best part about the crate was the signage on the wood sides and it was perfect that the two sides were in good condition.
The wood side would create a nice wall hanging with useful hooks. One wood wall hanger for me and one for my dear friend, she is pregnant and due to have a baby in a few months, so having more places to hang things would knowingly be appreciated. For myself, my aprons and canvas bags current home was on the back door, not in great eye sight when leaving the house for grocery shopping or baking. I decided that my small collection of vintage silverware would be a nice look for the wood signs acting as hooks. It was a short weekend project (hour project) and I love the result. Next, is to find a use for the slabs of wood from the crate…
Vintage wall hook with silver spoons
- Thin Silver Spoons * Use sterling NOT stainless steel silverware. Sterling Silver bends as where stainless is nearly impossible to bend.
- Wood Plaque * Can also use an old piece of wood, painted slab of wood, etc..
- Steel Wool * for shining up the silver
- Flat surface for hammering
- hammer * flattening spoon
Start by gathering all your materials. If you are using an old piece of wood, please check for nails, slivers of wood, etc that could harm you, remove any and proceed. Use a flat surface and flatten the spoon with a hammer. This part I actually enjoyed a lot! Then bend the handle of the utensil. This part is a bit tricky. I managed to gather my super strength and forged on. If you find that you cannot try placing the spoon into boiling water, carefully remove it (don’t forget your mittens!) bend the handle around a small round object. Next, drill in a screw through the spoon to the wood. Again, this process works best for thin, sterling silver spoons. If you are struggling you can dremel a hole.
*Please note that you can bypass a lot of this process (drilling and dremeling) and just use gorilla glue to attach your spoons to the wood.