Friday, April 23, 2010

Blog Swap/Guest Blogger: {Tatertots & Jello}

Today I've got a special treat for you!!! Jen from Tatertots & Jello and I are blog swapping, but with a twist. She's going to share a tutorial with you today, and you can head over to her blog to see mine.

I'm so excited to have Jen with us today!!!! She is a remarkable lady, and hands-down one of the nicest people I've met through blogging. I love seeing all the creative things she comes up with, so without further ado...take it away Jen!

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Hello there! I'm Jen from Tatertots & Jello.

I'm so excited to be here at Sew Dang Cute!

I just love Tam and all of her wonderful creations!


She is just the friendliest, most creative girl!!!


Today I'd like to share some projects you can make with old silverware. Last month I made a wreath with a flower I made out of spoons.
I was wondering what else I could make out of mismatched silverware. And since it's Spring I thought it would be fun to make some

garden markers.


I also made a little Spring saying to go in a pot on my kitchen table.


"Oh Come, Gentle Spring."


And I thought -- why not make some magnets out of old silverware to go on the magnet board in my kitchen?


Or maybe a little saying or decoration for a present or birthday plant?


I put an ad in my local Freecycle for old silverware. But you can also find bins of mismatched silverware at your local thrift store. Mine had bins with silverware for 25 cents each!


So, if you want to make any of these projects with your mismatched silverware, this is what I did:


I took my silverware and used a hard surface (the concrete in my backyard -- with a cutting board on top) and pounded it as hard as I could with a hammer to flatten the forks and spoons. Depending on what the spoon is made out of, it might take a few swings or several dozen.

After my silverware was flat, I took it to my workbench and stamped it. I found my stamps on eBay -- the size I used was 1/4 inch -- but you can buy the stamps in all sorts of sizes. I practiced first on a piece of left over sheet metal. It's good to practice for awhile, to get the spacing figured out. But I like the imperfect look, it adds character.

I used a sharpie and marked off the places I wanted to put the letters by putting a little dot on that space. The way that I found worked best was to hit it with one hard strike. I found that if I did several, the stamp moved a little and the letters were blurry.

After the letters were all stamped, I filled in the spaces with black Sharpie marker. Then I filed it off with a nail file. The Sharpie will stay in the grooves of the stamp, making the word easier to read.

Thanks so much for letting me spend the day here!


It's been wonderful!


Come by and say hi if you have time @ Tatertots & Jello

I'd love to meet you!
XOXO

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Didn't I tell you she was awesome!!! Thanks Jen! Make sure to head over to Tatertots & Jello to see all the other amazing things Jen does!!!

6 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! I would love to get my hands on some of these stamps. I just love all of Jen's projects!

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  2. What a neat project. Also, I absolutely loved your tutorial over at tatertots & jello. I will definitely have to make one. So creative. Your three munchkins are pretty cute too. (-;

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  3. Jen- you've been on my mind being I'm thinking about planting and then I find you doing your guest blog about spoons! I love the spoons for the garden.
    Thanks- you're the best!
    Danielle

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  4. SUPER cute! I have been looking for a metal stamping kit at my local craft store, but all I can seem to find are ones made for wood.

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  5. Whoo HOoo! Now I dont' have to actually plant my herb garden in order to use that great idea! Magnets here I come!

    I will be posting a link to this on my blog~

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