Monday, July 21, 2014

Anthropologie Inspired Retro Crossed Spoon Plate Stand

Hi There!

So the other day, I was browsing through the Anthropologie online catalog, and I had one of those Pier One moments -- you know, when those cute items in the store start speaking to the surprised shoppers? Well, that's not exactly what happened here, but I did fall in love with the crossed spoon plate stand I saw, and I was inspired to try to make my own.

Normally, I don't really do knock-off projects, but I have some of my grandmother's vintage spoons, and I thought that making a retro crossed spoon plate stand would be a great way to preserve them.


DIY vintage crossed spoons stand and desert rose plate

I don't have a full set of my grandmother's spoons, and in my house, we tend to go through flatware like crazy. The kids have a tendency to throw their utensils out by mistake when they clear the table, and I would hate to lose these vintage pieces.

The spoons have a pretty starburst pattern on the handles, but I'm not exactly sure what the pattern is called. If you happen to have the name, I would love to know!
vintage stainless steel spoons starburst pattern

The Anthropologie plate stand is silver, so I decided to mimic that design by spray painting a plastic plate stand that I already had.


clear plastic plate stand

I used a metallic paint by Rustoleum -- it's not super shiny, but it has enough shine to make the plastic stand look like metal. Then, I just glued the spoons to the front of the plate stand so that they cross each other. I tried using E6000, but it wouldn't hold -- maybe it doesn't work to well in our super hot weather. I ended up using hot glue, and this worked right away.


silver spray painted plate stand with vintage crossed spoons

I think it's a pretty close match! I kept the spoons lower than the original item because I didn't want them to cover so much of the plate. I'm using my crossed spoon plate stand to display one of my grandma's vintage Franciscan Ware plates, which seems totally appropriate!  


vintage desert rose plate in diy crossed spoon plate stand

This was such an easy craft, and it only cost about $4 for the spray paint -- I had everything else. That's much cheaper than the original Anthro plate stand, which is about $20! I also like this stand better because it keeps the plate off the surface, and of course, it has a lot of sentimental value!

Have you ever had something speak to you?

Thanks so much for stopping by -- have a great day!

Dee :)

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38 comments:

  1. Brilliant idea and a perfect way to showcase smartly treasured mismatched spoons. Love it.

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    1. Thanks, Michele -- I'm happy that I can show off these old spoons and the plate at the saqme time. :)

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  2. This is wonderful and I love the sentimental touch and it includes a bit of whimsy too. It speaks to me, it says please share me at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ( wink) xo

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    1. I can hear it too, and I'll be there! Thanks, Katherine! :)'

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  3. OMG we had some of those spoons when I was a kid! Very cute idea :)

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    1. Well, it was a knock-off, but the spoons were my idea. Thanks, Heather! :)

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    2. We also had the same silverware when I was a kid! lol

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  4. Good Evening Dee, I love this idea and I love Anthropologie. I visited the shop a few years ago when my daughter lived in Atlanta and I loved it.
    I am now in search of some silver spray to make my own plate holder. It is such a lovely way to use old cutlery.
    Thank you so much for the idea. I popped over from Savvy Southern Style and I have enjoyed my visit that I have become a new follower with Google +.
    Best wishes from England.
    Daphne

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comments, Daphne. It's great to meet you! :)

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  5. I could not believe my eyes when I first saw these spoons, I had this set as a newlywed in 1960! But I don't know the name . This is a wonderful idea for showing off old spoons, and I am going to make this as soon as I unpack my decor items - we have just moved and I am still trying to get settled - big job. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I just recently found these spoons again, but I remember them being at my Grandma's house. I love the pattern -- you don't see anything like this now. :)

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  6. Stopping by on the Thursday blog hop and I have to say, I love, love, love this! I am thinking Christmas presents for all my girlfriends!
    Sue

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue. These would make great gifts! :)

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  7. Pretty cute and it would make a great gift! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

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    1. Thanks, Pam. I guess I need to start making some more to give as gifts! :)

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  8. I think it is a wonderful, attractive , useful idea! thanks for sharing.

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  9. I love the starbursts on those spoons, they give them so much character. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Flaunt it Friday.

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  10. Those spoons look like the ones that were offered by Betty Crocker. I remember that you could save coupons and redeem them for kitchen goodies...

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    1. This is fascinating -- I wish they still had a program like this! Thanks for letting me know about it -- maybe that's where these spoons come from. :)

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  11. Very cute! I am going to have to make one for my house. Thanks for the instructions.

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    1. Thanks, Haley! It was so easy to do, and it looks so nice on the counter :)

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  12. Such a cute idea...I am going to remember this!

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  13. This is such a great idea! Love the plate too

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    1. Thanks! I love that I can display the plate and spoons together. :)

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  14. Great idea to showcase your grandmother spoons. I think the name of the spoon design is Mid - Century Atomic Star.

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    1. Thank you so very much for telling me this! When I looked up that name, I was able to verify the design and the stamp on the back of the spoons -- so happy to finally find out the exact name! :)

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  15. Soooo adorable and so easy! Thank you so much for sharing at Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

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  16. Your post caught my eye.....but not for the spoon "craft", although that is beyond clever! It was the "Desert Rose" plate that did it. We inherited a huge set of the stuff from my Mother in Law...this makes me want to get it out of the cupboard and show it off. Hugs

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    1. Isn't this a pretty pattern? My grandma's plates are pretty beat up around the edges, so we can only use them for decoration.

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  17. Too cute! I am going to have to try this....

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  18. Hi Dee! I wanted to let you know that I love your post so much, that it is one of my features at Party in Your PJs tonight! I can not wait to make this plate holder for myself! I can not wait to see what you link up this week!
    http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/2014/07/party-in-your-pjs-14.html

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    1. Thank you so very much! I'm so happy to hear this! :)

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  19. Found this on The Cookie Puzzle and love it!

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  20. Adorable! I'll be trying this one!

    P.S. Found you via SITS Girls

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  21. I love this! Pinned. I'm always impressed with your creations. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. I can't wait to see what you have been working on! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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