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Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

I’m sooo excited to share this project with you today!!

I was wondering around a thrift store… what? no… I was wandering around, well yes… I guess I was wondering around too.

OK, so I was both wondering and wandering around a thrift store a couple of weeks ago looking for inspiration and after probably my fourth or fifth lap I finally saw two sets of six asian soup spoons.

Not sure how I managed to pass by them so many times, but I guess I couldn’t see the flower that they were so obviously meant to be through all the other stuff in front of them… until I focused.

Here’s a peek at my finished spoon flower.

Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

Here are my thrifted supplies. It didn’t make it into the photo but, as with most of my outdoor projects, I used Marine Goop Adhesive to glue this together.

Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

I had to glue the spoons to the backs of the blue votive holder petals, but the spoons have a slight angle to them. I tried a couple of plates underneath until I found the right one that would hold the spoons perfectly in place while the glue cured.

I let this outside curing for about 8 hours, and then I brought it into the house to finish curing overnight.

Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

I glued the clear votive holder into the centre of the blue one, and added some blue glass bead thingies to the blue votive petals.

Because the blue votive holder is translucent you can see the ends of the soup spoons through the petals, but the beads help to mask that a bit. Plus I think they’re pretty.

Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

I’ve got a stash of damaged jewelry and I glued an earring piece into the centre of the clear votive.

Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

And last, but certainly not least, because the whole project relies on this to work… I flattened a spoon with a hammer and glued it to the back of the blue votive holder. I held the spoon in place with duct tape until it was cured.

Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

And here’s my finished spoon flower. When I was putting it on the stake John came by and said it looked like it weighed  “won ton”. Ha!

Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

It is heavy, but the spoon seems to be holding it just fine. I’ve put it in a non-windy place to protect it, and the stake is pushed about a foot into the ground. I used a piece of an old deck swing that we took apart.

Asian Ceramic Soup Spoon Flower

I caught Winkle the garden gnome dozing off under my new spoon flower while listening to my silver goblet wind chimeswhich are not too far away. It must be nice to be so relaxed that you can take a nap anywhere… anytime.

Suddenly I’m feeling very sleepy. Well… it is 11pm when I’m writing this. I think I’ll go take a long nap, but not outside. Winkle is on his own. lol.

Thanks so much for reading!


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  1. I love this! I think it is my favorite of your projects that I've seen! Gorgeous…:) You have such an eye for things and turning them into a masterpiece! I have a set of six plain white spoons….you know I'll be keeping my eye out for 6six more…:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  2. Oh my gosh…you are just non-stop with these awesome garden decorations! I love this and I'm glad you were wondering while you were wandering..so funny! Great project Tuula…you so rocked it!

  3. YOU ARE AN ARTIST – I think I keep saying that maybe with every comment and it's getting boring to read – but Tuula – you truly are –
    I hope you sign these pieces somewhere!!! It's gorgeous!

  4. How beautiful. I love it inspired 'won ton' in your husband. Ironically, I just had a wonder/wander moment in a post I recently wrote as well. This is definitely another beautiful and interesting addition to your garden.

  5. I think this just might be my favorite so far…It's so beautiful!!!


  6. Cute! When I first saw that there were 12 spoons, I was sure you were making a cool clock!

  7. Your won ton spoonflower is a garden delight (#4 on our local Chinese restaurant!) Perfect for the gnome.

  8. That's really cute. If I had a garden to put a spoonflower in, I'd make one too. Love it!

  9. You really are so creative. This is so cute. Visiting from The Mellywood Mansion. Have a great weekend! And Cheers from your newest follower.

  10. Your garden must be a delight to visit and see all the jewels you've created! This is so pretty! Love how you can wander around to get inspirations. What a talent!

  11. This is a crazy awesome invention!! 🙂

    Visiting today from Mel's Freaking Awesome Friday hop. 🙂

  12. What a clever use of of those spoons!! Your creativity and imagination are fantastic. The gang over at My Personal Accent, invite you to link-up this totally clever post at our rules free Blog Strut Link Party/blog hop, Thursdays at 5:00 PM PST. Our Blog Strut isn't your average blog hop, it offers many ways to promote and give exposure to your blog and posts. We pin all links, featured posts, as well as offer free co-host spots and button/logo redesign, plus free social network link ups. Join us and show what you’ve got!! http://www.mypersonalaccent.com/linkyparty/

  13. Wow, how clever! That looks so pretty among the greenery.

  14. Apparently I missed this the first time through! Love how the white really stands out in your garden! Pinned!

  15. I’M sitting here facing my laptop admiring your absolutely beautiful artistic flowers, WOW WOW .fantastic. Unusual, colourful, creative to say the least. A true artist. I am new here on Hometalk. This is my second visit.
    My compliments. there is SO MUCH to see and admire.
    Thankyou for sharing your colourful artistic world .

    RITA (I am Italian 50%, British the other half. I live in Italy) Young outside, vintage inside..

    1. Thank you so much Rita! Welcome, and I hope you find a lot of inspiration here.