DIY Spoon Ring

DIY Spoon Ring @themerrythoughtThis is honestly one of the most emotional DIY projects that I’ve ever shared here on the blog. I know that seems kind of strange, so I’ll explain – but don’t worry there really is a tutorial included below so feel free to scroll through this part. 😉

After my mom died, my dad gave me her jewelry box full of all the things that she used to wear. I can remember looking through it after he gave it to me and finding so many things that I could remember my mom wearing or remember the stories that she shared about them when we sat on her bed and cleaned out her jewelry box while doing spring cleaning.

I found little pins that Zac and I made her for many-a-Mother’s Days, a ring that my dad gave to her on a Christmas when they promised not to exchange presents, a charm bracelet from her teenage years, a pearl necklace from my grandma… and tucked in there was a spoon ring, which had wrapped perfectly around her finger. It was one of the many jewelry items that my mom made back when she was an art teacher. She taught a jewelry making class at the high school she taught at! (Where was that class at my high school?!)

Because of this little ring, I’ve wanted to make spoon rings for years and I’ve even attempted a few times and then given up pretty quickly. But this time it went up on the blog schedule and there was no backing down!

I grabbed a few pieces of silverware from my mom’s old collection and went to start the project and found myself wanting to call my mom for some tips on how to make these. And although having the urge to call up my mom and ask her about something is not a rare one, this struck me pretty hard. So I sat on my apartment floor crying over a crooked spoon.

Even though asking how to bend a spoon isn’t too important, knowing that I could have been sitting in the living room making a batch of rings and laughing with my mom that afternoon, had life worked out a little different, shook my heart up a bit. But after a bit of crying, I got to it and finished up these rings so now I can share the tutorial with all of you!

DIY Spoon Ring @themerrythoughtDIY Spoon Ring @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Sterling Spoon (or other sterling silverware)
-Ring Mandrel
-Hack Saw
-Rubber or Rawhide Mallet (or if you don’t feel like buying one, just a regular hammer with felt or leather and a rubber band does the trick.)

How to make it:
-Measure your finger (you can use paper or string) and make a mark on the ring using this measurement to show where you will cut it after you bend it.
-Use your strength to bend your silverware around the mandrel. (Make sure you’re bending it near the end that you want use for your ring.)
-Use the saw to cut off the excess at the measurement you marked earlier.
-Use a file to smooth out the sharp edge.
-Wrap your bent ring around the mandrel and use the mallet to pound it into a circle. (If you start trying to make it round on the mandrel at a larger size than you need and then working your way up the mandrel to a smaller size, using the mallet, it makes the process a bit easier.) Be patient with this step – it takes patience and muscles!
-Polish it up and wear it!
DIY Spoon Ring @themerrythoughtDIY Spoon Ring @themerrythoughtDIY Spoon Ring @themerrythoughtAnd then all three on one hand… because that’s obviously how you’d wear them. 😉 DIY Spoon Ring @themerrythoughtObviously I’m feeling quite proud of myself and I’m excited to make my next batch with a little less crying next time… 🙂

xo. Caitlin

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey'sMonday, December 15, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    I’m sure vintage collectors would appreciate this so much! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’sReplyCancel

  • JenniMonday, December 15, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your heart with us. That takes some bravery. And the finished product is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • biancaMonday, December 15, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    I did that a few times after my dad died…thinking of something he would know the answer to and knowing I had to call him. It is so strange and very sad at the same time.
    Lovely story and tutorial…thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer AdamsMonday, December 15, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    These are beautiful! And thanks for sharing your heart and these precious memories. I didn’t know your mom so I hope you don’t mind me saying –You seem to have her creativity and beauty so strongly weaved into who you are 😉ReplyCancel

  • cindyTuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Now I’m crying. What a beautiful story and so too are the rings. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and the story behind them.ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyTuesday, December 16, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    Caitlin, I love this and LOVE that you shared your heart behind these rings. It makes crafting so much more beautiful and meaningful. They turned out beautifully, your mom would be proud 🙂


  • Tegan SeymourWednesday, December 17, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    I cannot believe how beautiful spoon rings can be!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffy Diamond (@Tiffy4u)Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 1:07 am

    You’re post made me cry! These rings came out gorgeous and I know it’s because of all the love in them. 😀


  • Colleen PastoorThursday, December 18, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing your heart! What a lovely post- so well written. And the spoon rings are gorgeous. I have a spoon bracelet I got as a gift last Christmas… I could make myself a whole cutlery set 😉ReplyCancel

  • DonaldSaturday, December 20, 2014 - 2:30 am

    This works for me. I have stainless steel from when I first setup a household. A ring would be a perfect object. Also some from my mom would be nice.ReplyCancel

  • SarahSaturday, December 20, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    My mom had spoon rings in her jewelry box after she passed, too. I can’t look at them without thinking of her, and that’s why I clicked on the tutorial. What a nice surprise to see this story attached to it. This is totally something my mom and I would have done together. Might have to give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • ShirleySunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Loved your story and I have been there. Miss my Mom. I have been wanting to make these from my Mom’s silver. Thanks for the tute. Now to find a ring mandrel.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie PSunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:31 pm

    You never stop missing what might have been… precious memeories oh how they linger. Thanks very beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • rhonda KelleyMonday, December 22, 2014 - 4:30 am

    How you touched my heart, Caitlin!!! We lost our father-in-law 8 yrs this Jan 2015…seems like yesterday.Your jewelry’s BEAUTIFUL! Keep up your Mom’s legacy…she’s proud of you 😉ReplyCancel

  • Lillie DeWittMonday, December 22, 2014 - 7:15 am

    what do you polish them up with? I made one also from silver but it leaves a blackish residue.ReplyCancel

  • MERRANWednesday, December 24, 2014 - 5:37 am

    I something feel the exact same way …. good job with the rings !ReplyCancel

  • MelissaThursday, December 25, 2014 - 11:48 am

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing your sweet memories and great ring project…they turned out beautiful!!…such a special heart touching project..thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • SarahFriday, December 26, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Love these and your open your heart. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • RenéeSaturday, December 27, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    ThAnn’s for sharing your memories. Brings tears to my eyes.
    BTW, I remember making spoon rings with my mom.ReplyCancel

  • AndreeaWednesday, January 7, 2015 - 1:23 am

    Thank you for sharing. This is an awesome idea for making rings!ReplyCancel

  • john applebyWednesday, January 7, 2015 - 8:39 pm

    nice, but try that with a nice hefty stainless steel ring…ReplyCancel

  • Becky PancakeSunday, January 11, 2015 - 10:11 am

    What a wonderful connection to your Mom. Your spoon rings are great. I remember making some back in the 70’s. Long before I was a beader. I understand about missing your Mom. I lost mine last June.ReplyCancel

  • erinWednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    What kind of file do you use?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, March 12, 2015 - 10:23 am

      I used one from an old needle file set. Similar to this.ReplyCancel

  • LanitaWednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:34 pm

    I cant wait to try this out!ReplyCancel

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