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DIY Chrysanthemum Clock from Plastic Spoons

This project was so much fun!  I really needed a clock in my living room but didn’t want to just buy any a clock and put it up.  My living room also needed some color!  Enter this beauty, a Chrysanthemum clock from plastic spoons!

DIY Chrysanthemum Clock made from Plastic Spoons

My inspiration came from Addicted to Decorating’s Chrysanthemum Ombre Mirror!  You have had to have seen it!  It went viral on Pinterest and I still see it pop up!  I loved it!  Thanks for the ah-mazing inspiration Kristi!

Plastic Spoon Flower Clock

Here is how I made my clock.  I varied the tutorial for the mirror to adapt to my clock and the materials I had on hand.

Items Needed:

  • Plastic Spoons (I used roughly 250)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Foam Board
  • A clock (I bought a cheapy!)
  • (2) 1” screws or longer, philips screwdriver
  • Xacto Knife

1.  I started off by cutting my base out of foam board.  I used foam board because 1.  It’s light  2.  I had some already in my stash 3. it’s cheap! I traced an 18” wreath form.  I cut it out using a combination of Xacto knife and scissors.  Save some scraps for later!

Foam Board Base

Foam Board Base - Circle

2.  I found the center of the circle, and placed my centered my store bought clock and traced around it so I would have an idea of how far to come down with my spoons.

3.  Then I duplicated four things/areas from the back of my clock onto my foam board.

a.  The center rectangle for the battery compartment (you will need a way to change/insert batteries to your clock)

b.  The circle at the top to hang your clock

c.  The two holes on each side (3 and 9 positions) where the clock was fastened onto the original cardboard packaging.  These spots you will use to fasten your foam board to the clock!

Base With Cut Outs

4.  (Next I wish I had spray painted the foam board at this point.  I did not.  Learn from me and spray paint your foam board! )

5.  Cut your spoons!  I used regular scissors.  After a few you find the “sweet spot” on the spoon where they cut really nicely!  Don’t worry if some of the handle is still on there, it will all get covered!

6.  I did a quick trial run and just placed the spoons (without glue) in a small section so I could get a hang of the spacing needed and the number of layers to fill the area.

4.  Start spacing out your outside ring and get gluing.  Hot glue works great, dries fast and holds the spoons on the foam board nicely!  Continue until you have all the area covered, overlapping your line you previously drew to outline the clock!

Part of Flower

5.  Next I covered the face of the clock with paper and painters tape.  I didn’t want a white clock and a yellow flower so I needed to spray the clock yellow also.  (an Xacto knife works well here to trim the tape perfect with the curve of the outside rim of the clock)

Clock

5.  After all my spoons were glued and clock face was protected, I took them outside and gave each some light, even coats of Yellow spray-paint.

Spraypainted Flower

Painted Spoons!

6  After that dried I brought it inside and then cut two small squares out of some scrap foam board that I saved from step 1.  I cut the squares larger than the holes I cut at the 3 and 9 position.  So your measurements will depend on the size of holes you cut.

7.  I used a 1” screw to go through the small square piece, through the openings I cut and directly into the back of the clock where it had been originally screwed to the store packaging.  Snug as a But in a Rug!

Assembly of Clock to Foam Board

Clock back

Note: You might wonder why I cut holes for the screws (3 and 9 positions) rather than just pushing the screw through the foam board on the clock (like I did for the small squares).  The reason is that the clock sits on top of part of the spoons on the front, so the larger holes gave me wiggle room to get the clock centered and made it MUCH easier to get an exact location on the screw holes located in the back of the clock!

8.  Pop in a battery and set the time!  Hang and enjoy your fun new clock!

I hung mine in several places but I think it will stay here…for now!  It adds a nice pop of color to my very neutral, rustic fireplace!

Chrysanthemum Clock on my Mantle

I kind of want to make a million more in every color I can think of!  Wouldn’t a bright pink one be fun?  Or a nice lavender?

Chrysanthemum Clock from Plastic Spoons

Stay tuned!  I have fabulous plans for all those spoon handles and also several more fun ideas to up-cycle plastic spoons!
Update:  You might like to check out my Christmas Trees from Plastic Spoons too!
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99 Responses to DIY Chrysanthemum Clock from Plastic Spoons

  1. Oh wow, it looks FANTASTIC!!! I love that you adapted it for your own use. The clock is a great idea! Thanks so much for the shout out!

  2. Rachel says:

    This is awwwwwwwsome!

  3. Nicely done! This looks awesome!

  4. Jen Marrs says:

    AHHHHH!!! Yes I am screaming because this clock makes me HAPPY! I love it Cheryl! And Plastic Spoons!!! AHHH!!!! I am sharing on FB right now-Way to Scoop this up and Do it girl! {get it.. scoop, spoon.. yes? no} well whatever- squeezes to your boys- get those Cheeks for me!
    Jen!

    • Cheryl says:

      Hahahahaha…yes, scoop, spoon…I love it! :) Thanks lady! Kisses given. You are now referred to in our house ans the “internet lady who makes you kiss us!” No Joke!

  5. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty says:

    It’s Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your tips and tricks along the way. It looks great on your wall!

  6. Kelsey says:

    Cheryl!!! This is AMAZING!!!!!!!

  7. Kelly says:

    WOWzer! Turned out fabulous :)

  8. Jill says:

    I love this project! Looks great. But all the ads on your blog are really obnoxious. It started a pop up video playing when I arrived on the page. And then there was another pop up ad under that. Makes me not want to come back.

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  10. Miss Kitty says:

    Wow! This is super cute! Thanks for the GREAT instuctions too. Your photos are also wonderful. I saw your post over at The CSI Project for Pinterest Week. Oh gosh, I am just now seeing from the above comment box that you won something in the challenge (if I go back to look, I might mess up my comment but) congratulations! Well deserved!

  11. Just Jaime says:

    Just love the color! Great job!

  12. This is so fun and funky! I love the color that you chose.

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  14. TidyMom says:

    so clever and adorable Cheryl!!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2012/12-make-at-home-projects/

    Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!

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  16. Casey says:

    I love this! I am definitely making one soon, I’ve been searching for a new fun clock.

  17. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

    So excited that you shared your awesomeness at the Pomp Party! You know how much I love this clock! Pinning! =)

  18. Natalie says:

    I want to have this kind of clock…Very presentable…thank you for sharing..

  19. Kp says:

    Is there a video ? It’s awesome

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  21. That is brilliant! I can see one in my kitchen and my daughter’s room.

    • Cheryl says:

      Yes…if only I had a daughter! I keep thinking how cute it would look in pink! If you make one, please share a picture on my facebook wall! I’d LOVE to see it :) Thanks for the nice comment! :)

  22. Jennie says:

    I ADORE IT! I need to make a spoon wreath myself. I sure love your clock version. I shared this beauty on COM-FB this morning. hugs, jen

  23. doro K. says:

    that’s totally awesome!
    the clock looks fantastic. can’t believe it’s made from boring plastic spoons.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  24. To make it even MORE fancy you could prob. disesemble the clock front and make a new piece of paper with a cute font of numbers in a photo editing program. ! :)

    • Cheryl says:

      I’m not going to lie…the exact thought crossed my mind! After it turned out so well…I had wished I upgraded my clock in the beginning! :) Maybe that will be my next project :) Great minds think alike!

      • Especially if it was a flowy font and you could add a little thing right in the middle of where the hands are to make it look even more like a flower! Ah, my brain has kicked in and said I need to paint this little white dresser that color! (Been looking for a lovely yellow since I’m moving bedrooms and my new theme is light cloudy grey walls and accents of yellow!)

        Must go to Home Depot tomorrow!
        (and the dollar tree to see if they have any spoons I could get for cheap and a clock :D)

  25. Megan says:

    That is so beautiful! I love the color yellow that you chose as well. :) Megan

  26. Donaville says:

    Beautiful work! It complements your fireplace wall so well.

  27. You are totally rocking it! I love this so much…featuring you on It’s Overflowing, Saturday! XO, Aimee

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  30. Maysem says:

    Oh my coolness!! And patience!! That’s a gorgeous clock and brilliant idea!

  31. I can’t stop coming back here to look at this! I LOVE it! :)

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  33. Carmela says:

    This is awesome! We live in a apartment with no place to spray paint(boo), but I plan on using the colored plastic spoons that the dollar stores carry. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Very cool and a great tutorial. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  35. sanaz says:

    Oh my coolness ! i luv it

  36. This is fantastic! I love it!

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  38. Caitlyn says:

    This is awesome! How big was your clock, and about how big in diameter did the whole thing end up being?

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  40. Mrs garcy says:

    Love it! I’m going to make a yellow one for my living room, and then a red one for my kitchen, I just love it.

    • Cheryl says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I love the idea of a red one! I love red!!! I am itching to make one for my craft room! Maybe red it will be! Have a great weekend!

      • Mrs garcy says:

        I finished attaching the spoons yesterday, it doesn’t really take too long, I was afraid it was going to be heavy, but it’s not, I bought bright yellow paint to match my couches, but they broke so we are goin to buy new ones, not going to paint it till we decide on the couches, I will link when ready!

  41. Di says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! So , any ideas for the spoon handles ? :)

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  44. Marisa says:

    Me encanta, bonito y barato. gracias.
    Un saludo.

  45. Di says:

    Hi there,

    i have loads on spoon handles now, what to do with them ?!
    Thanks

  46. Ashley says:

    Awesome!! I am making this in the VERY near future! :) What brand and color name for paint did you use?? I love it!

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  49. This is a great project. I love this clock, especially the yellow.

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  51. Carol Moyle says:

    This was a fun and easy progect. I made one for the chinese auction benefit held for the family of Frank Haas III, who died in a tragic car wreck.He had no insurance, and there was no money for funeral services. This clock was a great hit. I will be making more of them for other benefits and chrch sales.Thanks so much for the instructions

  52. Daid says:

    Thanks for this idea, I am a clock repairman and I will make one like this.

  53. Usha says:

    It’s a great DIY . I am really in love with this. Planning to make one. Can you tell what size is your clock and where did you buy the clock .

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  55. Pat says:

    What a clever and beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  56. Di says:

    hi Cheryl,

    SO, What did you do with the spoon handles?

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  58. Tania says:

    OH!!! I love this!

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