Monday, January 16, 2012

Spoon Magnets

I love getting my Ballard's catalog almost as much as my Pottery Barn.  By the time I'm done it is dog eared, written in and genuinely reeks of sharpie.  The items that always jump out at me are the ones I can copy respectfully replicate.  
So when I saw their vintage silverware magnets I immediately jumped into action.
                                                   Source:  Ballard Designs
'Cause you see, I have these bad boys:
Years ago my mom gave me my Great Granma's spoon collection.  Everywhere she traveled she picked up a spoon.  Some are really old and others look newer. 

I could never find a way to display them that appealed to me and didn't really know what else to do with them so they sat in a Ziploc bag in my closet. Enter Ballard's catalog!  I loved the idea of vintage silverware holding up my grocery list (as opposed to the domino's pizza magnet there now) but at $29 for three...hmmmmm...there had to be another way!  Ding Ding Ding, light bulb over head!  Great granma's spoons!  I was going to need some pretty small but powerful magnets.  I got mine at Michael's with a 40% off coupon. They ended up being $1.79 for four.  
I used E-6000 because I found it holds the best and trust me these magnets are strong! I just glued the magnet to the back of the spoon and held it for a minute since it wanted to slide.
I let them dry overnight before giving them a test run.  I love that they have sentimental meaning and I finally have a way of displaying Great Granma's spoons.  Best of all, I love that it cost me maybe $10 in magnets for 12 spoons!      

Even if you don't have vintage spoons lying around you can usually find older looking silverware at Goodwill!

So easy and inexpensive, my two all time favorite words when we are talkin' DIY!

I'm linking up to

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  1. Oh so clever! Love it if you linked this up to a party I have going on at! I love Ballards too.

    I'm your newest follower.

  2. Thanks Mandy!!! Super excited! Linking up now. :)

  3. Oh, this is fabulous!! Love this idea! Pinning it. :)

  4. I can't wait to try this!
    Your newest follower,

  5. Featuring your spoons tonight at Project Queen! Thanks so much for linking them up. They are awesome.