Spoons (I got all of mine at the thrift store for about 5/$1) and ended up using 36
White paint (can be latex or acrylic)
Variety of other paint colors
Double sided tape (I love 3m, this is exactly what I use, they are big rolls and expensive but check ebay. You could also get these thicker rolls and just cut them down, but I can’t guarantee its as strong as what I use)
Gather your spoons and paint
Dip your spoons into the paint and tilt the cup to get a higher reach, do them all to varying levels and angles.
Then tape it onto the edge of something (I used my kitchen table) and put something underneath for them to drip on to.
Let them stay there overnight, you can slightly jiggle them to coax drips into falling. If there is a drip that ends up drying to the spoon, you should be able to just smooth it out with your finger/fold it over the edge to hide it in back, while the paint is still rubbery.
To hang them, first figure out how much space you’ll need. Measure your longest spoon (mine was 7.5″) and this will be the height of each row you do. I also added an additional 1″ between rows. I allowed about 3.75″ between each spoon. I had 36 spoons so my total measurement was 31″ x 33″.
Measure to where you want the middle of your display to be and make marks, then measure out from this 15.5″ in each direction, make marks and tape string along them. Measure down from the ceiling to where the top will be and tape string along this, measure down from that 7.5″, tape string, down from this 1″ and tape. Do two more sets of 7.5″ and 1″ and then one more 7.5″. From the middle marks, measure out 7.5″ in both directions and make marks there.
This is what your final should look like. The solid lines are string and the dashed are the pencil marks you’ve made. (Adding the string is intended to make it easier as you’ll need far less pencil marks, just 2 or 3).
I laid my spoons out on the ground first to get my set up right.
Now apply double sided tape to the back of your spoons in the following spots:
This should be the spots that are most curved out/will be actually touching the wall. I doubled up on tape for the tip of the handle part.
Now place your edge spoons in each row, remembering to alternate up and down and matching the edge of the bowl to your string.
I just eyeballed where the spoons should go to be centered. Now add the spoons onto the marks you’ve made, they should be centered right over the marks. All of the spoons currently in each row should be facing the same direction.
Here, I just eyeballed where the rest of the spoons should go, centering them in between each one. All of these spoons should go the opposite direction of the spoons already in that row.
Now you can remove your taped string and erase any visible marks and you’re done!