If you’re like me, you leaf through the Pottery Barn catalog whenver it comes in the mail. And, inevitably fall in love with something in there. And, then you see the price tag and you roll your eyes, sigh, and know you won’t be buying it. My latest obsession: This Spoon Shadow Box for $199.
I thought so. And, I also thought it looked like something I could put together myself.
First, I needed to track down a large shadow box. The one from pottery barn is 30 x 30. Try as I might, I was unable to locate a shadow box that big. But, I did find a great 20 x 20 at Ikea. My second choice would have the been this 16 x20 on Amazon or a display of 2 or 4 of the 12 x 12 shadowboxes together on the same wall. Luckily, I have an Ikea close by, so I went with their large frame.
The Ikea shadow box comes with a pressed wood backing and a square picture mat. I threw out the mat, as I had no use for it. And, rather than trying to cut out a piece of wood or cardboard to fit inside the shadow box, I decided to just use the wood backing as my display board for the spoons. But first, I gave it a light coat of white spray paint so that the dark color would not show throw my fabric.
I picked up a remnant of linen fabric at JoAnn’s. Remnanats should be a perfect size for this project, and they’re usually a good deal (50% off for me) compared to buying fabric off the bolt. I simply used my staple gun to staple the fabric to the wood backing. Make sure you pull the fabric tight so it doesn’t sag. Another option would be using hot glue to attach the fabric.
Once I was satisfied that I had a pretty good snug fit to the fabric, I started messing around with my spoon layout. I was lucky enough to have inherited some real silverware from my grandmother. But, I’m sure you could score some unique and cheap silverware at thrift stores.
Pottery Barn’s shadow box has all the spoon and handles lined up in a straight row with a large spoon laying across the top. I like that look, but found that a more random look suited my tastes better. I finally went with this layout:
Pottery Barn’s spoons are attached with two wires, but that seemed like such a hassle to me. So I just got out my handy-dandy glue gun. I put one big glob at the end of the handle and one glob where the spoon face touched the backing. They stuck well. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure it would work. But, it’s been weeks now and they show no signs of falling off.
When I hung my new creation on the wall, I instantly fell in love with it.
It really gives the dining room a warm, authentic look. My total cost was about $25. That’s 87% savings over Pottery Barn! It only took a few minutes to make, and now I also have a great way to display my grandmother’s silver.
I’m tinkering with the idea of doing two smaller shadow boxes on each side of the spoons, one for forks and one for knives. What do you think?