wood slice project

There are days when I think blogging is one of the most fun jobs there is.

It’s kind of like Lady Mary at Downton Abbey.

Someone is always showing up with an invitation to a party on a silver platter while you are sitting and having tea with Grandmama trying to explain to her why you want to go out with a race car driver.

Just like the invite that showed up in my inbox from my friend Stacy.

She explained she planning a blogger event where she sent us all the same item and challenged us to use our creativity and transform something ordinary into something extraordinary.

I sent over my acceptance and four months later this showed up.

A wood slice and an entire world of possibilities.

Want to see what I made with mine?

silver handled wood slice cutting board

I started with a wood slice and a little vintage silver plate.

And ended up with this.

A silver handled wood cutting board.

Because every wood slice needs a little bit of fancy.

silver plate tea spoon

To make the project I started with vintage silver plate spoons.

You can find these relatively inexpensively at thrift stores and antique stores and they usually come in an entire place setting for 12 for around $75 depending on the pattern and age of the pieces.  Sometimes you get lucky and find a few serving pieces by themselves for $4 to $5 a piece.

I have several sets I use for projects and then the rest I mix and match at Christmastime.

flattened silverplate

Start by flattening the spoons with a rubber mallet.

It is relatively easy because the silver plate is soft.

They never really flatten completely.  They have a few bumps in the middle.

If you want them completely flat, you can clamp them in a vise grip.


Next, stamp whatever saying you want on the spoons.

You can read all about how to stamp silver plate here.  There are step by step instructions on this post.

I used 1/4″ stamps in capital letters for this project.

(total aside:  does any one else get capitol and capital mixed up, too?)

I stamped “ADD JOY” to one spoon and “WITH EVERY SPOONFUL” except I went all enthusiastic and added an extra L to my word so it really looks like this “WITH EVERY SPOONFULL”

And the saddest part?  I just noticed it as I’m typing the post.

Note to self:  please spell check your spoons.

wood slice tray diy

Next drill a hole in the spoon and bend the spoon in half to create a handle for the wood slice.

You need a small drill bit to make a small hole.

This is what we used to attach the spoon to the top of the wood slice.

stamped spoon project

Here’s the reverse side of the wood slice.

We used nails to attach the end of the spoon to the under side of the wood because our pattern already had holes on the end.

If your pattern doesn’t, simply drill a hole in the end of the spoon to attach it.

wood cutting board

Next, you’ll want to prepare the top of the wood slice for food.

Here’s an easy tutorial for that.

You will also want to fill in your silver stamped letters with a sharpie to truly define the words.

cutting board with stamped silver handles

So they look like this.

Here’s an overview so you can see my stamping misstep in all its glory.

There’s my spoonfull.

Not to be confused with shameful. 🙂

PS  If you want a few more stamping ideas you can check out my stamped silver cabinet handles or my stamped spoon napkin rings or even a stamped spoon necklace.


Now are you interested in what the other bloggers created with their wood slices?

Oh good, me too.

Here’s what Stacy made (love it).

And here’s what my girl Julie created (I’m making it).

Now grab a wood slice and create. 🙂

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  1. Image for Leslie Leslie

    I love this! I just realized, friend, that I made some Christmas gift purchases from you long long ago at your sister's open house...those spoons! Right?!! My favorites! Soooo love them! Thanks for bringing them back!!

  2. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Handing you a wood slice in a project challenge is like making butter the secret ingredient in an Iron Chef cook off between Ina Garten and Paula Deen. Right up your alley. Well, it could have been something really tough like a yard of burlap ...

  3. Image for Nancy @ slightly Coastal Nancy @ slightly Coastal

    Well, this post is FULL of inspiration. I think I have developed a new thing for vintage spoons...just what I need, another thing to hunt for. I wonder if other people tell themselves, "I'm not hoarding" as their foot hits the parking lot of the thrift store? Now I have a new reason to stop there daily...vintage spoons... so I can make a wonderfull cutting board like yours. Have a great day! Nancy

  4. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    Love the tray! And the misprint was hilarious, KariAnne, especially that you discovered it while writing your post!! I have tons of silver plated flatware that need a new purpose--it will be fun coming up with ideas for that and you've certainly given me inspiration ;-)

  5. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Love Patricia's comment:)!! Anything thrown to you will end up a masterpiece for sure! I may have to invest in the stamping set- have always wanted to make cute spoons, spoonfull!:)

  6. Image for Julie Julie

    Just one question.....I am assuming (by looking at the picture) that the board will not lie flat due to the spoons handles on the bottom, so how do you counteract the rocking? I do love the look. ;)

  7. Image for Mary Mary

    Karianne, If you were using two separate words to describe your spoon being full, your spelling is totally acceptable. "Add joy with every spoon full" as opposed to enjoying an empty spoon. I don't a hyphen, so you can totally get away with this!

  8. Image for Toni Toni

    Once I made a whole alphabet cross stitch picture and when I was almost done, my 8 year old son said, "Mom why is the V missing"! I about had a heart attack! We then decided that being as I was working on it while we were on vacation we would just say the "V" was on vacation! (Actually I later realized it was missing on the pattern and wrote to the woman who made it and she told me often letters that replicated strokes previously used, were left out when children were learning to write their alphabet.....so it was intentional). That only made me feel a tad better because I couldn't believe I hadn't noticed it during all the hours I spent painstakingly doing the pattern! But I learned that sometimes mistakes leave the best memories! What's a letter here and there!

  9. Image for SilvanaJoanne SilvanaJoanne

    What a beautiful tray! I just love your posts Karianne! You are the coolest :-) and in no way shamefull!! LOL

  10. Image for Susan Susan

    Oh, you smashed this challenge Hulk-style, KariAnne...your wood-slice cutting board is absolutely beautiful, clever, unique, rustic, and functional...it just doesn't get better than that! Every farmhouse should have one of these in the kitchen! And yes, now you've got me curious to see what the other bloggers did with their wood slices, too!

  11. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    How cute and I have my daughter and son-in-law on the look out for wood slices -- it's all your fault. Once I saw your wood slices I thought they were so adorable I had to have some. So far no luck but hope springs eternal :-) You're a creative genius!!

  12. Image for Mary Mary

    Who would have thought to do something like this??? OH -- it was YOU! Your clever mind amazes me always! Nice job!!!

  13. Image for Kris Kris

    Very cute! But did you wear a lovely beaded gown and cloche hat while creating this, a la Mary? :) Your spelling story reminded me of my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. That was back when home computers and printers were the new big thing. Dad proudly made homemade invitations, which looked very nice, until you read "Happy Anniversaty". He certainly got kidded about that one a lot!

  14. Image for Pam Pam

    I am wondering what is the new script font (bend spoon, drill hole) you have been using lately-I would love to use it in my scrapbooking thank you in advance

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Pam, It's called Melika Script. Here's the link to the font: https://creativemarket.com/jrohcreative/336515-Melika-Scriptoff-35 Happy day friend! karianne

  15. Image for Laura Ingalls Gunn Laura Ingalls Gunn

    KariAnne I don't know how you do it. It's just one wonderful project after the next. I'm eyeballin' some stumps in the backyard. I might have a slice of a chance of talking hubby into firing up the saw. After all, love is in the air. Thank you so very much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Your presence really helped to make it very special. I hope you will return again and again. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!

  16. Image for Laura Laura

    Hey KariAnne, Thank you for joining our first Thoughts of Home on Thursday party. In planning this, we wanted to create a comfortable place for all bloggers to share what they feel is special and important in their homes and in their lives. Thank you for contributing to that! Happy Valentine's Day!

  17. Image for Terri Terri

    Hi there maybe I missed it but I didn't see the link for how to treat the wood? I LOVE this and cannot wait to make it!!!! Love your blog!!

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Hi Terri! You can find the tutorial for treating the wood slice here: https://magnoliamarket.com/diy-wood-slice-cutting-boards/ Happy Day, friend!

  18. Image for Katherines Corner Katherines Corner

    oh my goodness, squeal... love this so much!! Kariann it is always a lovely surprise when I click on something I like from the Thursday party and I end up here. at your corner of blgland Thank you my friend watch for you feature tomorrow. xo P.S. the new giveaway started!

  19. Image for Mimi Mimi

    Hello KariAnne! It's lovely to meet you! I love this to bits. It just oozes rustic charm and class all over! Can I persuade you to come and share at my Five Star Frou-Frou linkup at A Tray of Bliss? We go live on Fridays and close off on Thursdays. I'd love to get to know you better. Mimi xxx

  20. Image for Olivia Olivia

    Love this clever idea! Although I don't think I could pound one of my vintage spoons and bend it into submission. LOL. Maybe one day as my collection grows I could revisit this idea. For now I'm enjoying your clever DIY project. If you didn't know, we now have a group board for pinning one photo from each person that joins us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. We would love to have you follow and enjoy the pins too. Here is the direct link: https://www.pinterest.com/reinventedco/thursday-favorite-things-blog-hop-link-party/ Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Olivia- Co-hostess Reinvented Collection

  21. Image for Olivia Olivia

    Hello Kari Ann, Just dropping by to let you know that your post will be featured as a highlight on my blog for this weeks Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. It will be live later this evening. Thank you again for joining as at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. :-) Olivia co-hostess for Thursday Favorite Things Reinvented Collection

  22. Image for Kelli Kelli

    This is awesome. Use heirloom spoons and now the piece has some sentimental value to boot. I'm playing with the idea of adding to the RV. Nice cutting board for the picnic table. Adding this to my Plan it board.

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