Introduction: Recycled Spoon Lamp
- A Round Jar or Other Bottle
- Any round object will work. Thicker plastic works better since thin plastic like a 2-liter bottle often melts under the heat.
- 100+ Plastic Spoons
- The number of spoons needed depends on the side of your jar/bottle and how much you overlap each spoon. For our project, we used exactly 100 spoons.
- Scissors or Cutters
- scissors make cutting the spoons much easier but they can also be broken with your hands. Just be careful as this method is not as accurate.
- Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
- Any hot glue gun will work. Make sure it doesn't get too hot as it will start to melt your bottle/jar.
- Light Source
- Any light source works depending on the lamp's intended use. If hanging from the ceiling, a traditional bulb and wire would work well. We used a wireless LED with a color changing remote since our version is a desk lamp.
Step 1: Safety Warning
- Be Careful with Hot Glue Gun
- Wear Eye Protection When Breaking Spoons
- Keep Hands Away From Sharp Blades When Cutting
Step 2: Cutting the Spoons
How to Cut the Spoons
- Grab your sharp pair of scissors and bag of spoons
- Hold the spoon by the head and cut right where the handle meed the head
- Now simply repeat steps one and two until you have enough spoon heads
- Cut using the base of the scissors for a more controlled cut
- Cut each spoon in the same place for best results when gluing
- Be sure to recycle the handles since we won't be using them in this project
Step 3: Gluing the Spoons
Gluing the Spoons to your Jar/Bottle
- Plugin your hot glue gun and allow it to head up for a few minutes
- In the meantime, decide which end of the jar/bottle you will start from
- Grab your first spoon and place a small bead of glue right at the base of the head
- Place the spoon on the 'top' of your jar/bottle with the tip of the spoon facing the 'top'
- Repeat step 4 until you have one complete ring of spoons at the top of your jar/bottle
- Now, start the second row by gluing a spoon further down the bottle and centered between two spoons from the first row. (Imagine the way a brick wall is staggered each row)
- Repeat this entire process until you reach the base of your jar/bottle
- If the glue becomes too thin and runny, unplug the hot glue gun and allow the material to cool off.
- Be patient and go slowly. The more symmetrical your gluing, the better the end result.
- Overlap each row just enough to cover all clear sections of your jar/bottle.
Step 4: Place the Light Source in the Bottle
Selecting Your Light Source
- There are many different options for how to display your spoon lamp
- You could hang it from the ceiling or place it facing upward on a table as our example shows.
- Whatever you decide, we recommend a wireless LED light bulb to avoid the hassle of a wired connection
- In our example, we use a cheap LED bulb with a color-changing remote included. This kit can be purchased for under $5 at any local hardware store.
- Check to see what type of batteries you'll need if they are not included and insert them before proceeding.
- Carefully place the bulb into the base of the spoon lamp facing upwards
- Step back and click the 'On" button on your remote and enjoy the beauty of your hard work!
Step 5: Play With the Colors of Your New Light
Fun Additional Step
- If your bulb/remote has the option, play with the many colors and patterns for a more unique look
- The photos in our example show just a few of the many colors capable with these mini-LED units.
- CONGRATULATIONS! You've successfully completed the assembly of your spoon lamp!