How To Make Drawer Pulls From Spoons

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1 Hour

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My kitchen makeover, to rid ourselves of the fifty shades of brown, is trekking along. Until it stopped.

It stopped because I could not find handles or drawer pulls in the big box stores that I loved. My cabinets and drawers originally had no handles, pulls, or knobs. Just indentions to open them. I wanted handles for my cabinets and drawers.

Because I think those handles, pulls, and knobs can be your jewelry. The finishing touch, what sets your kitchen apart.

And then I found small vintage souvenir spoons in gold (of course) at Vintage Market Days and I knew they were going to be the perfect handles. So come with me and let me show you how to make drawer pulls from spoons!

Bending The Spoons

I was nervous about this part. I Pinterest searched it, I put it in the googler (as my mama says) and I read things like heat up the spoon and that I needed a vise. I didn’t have a heat gun or a vise! So I was thankful my spoons bent fairly easily just by my super human strength determination. They are not all the same and I am okay with that. And you will see later how we allowed for that when drilling holes and attaching to the drawer fronts.

Drill Holes in Drawer Fronts For Spoon Drawer Pulls

For this project I was placing two spoons on each drawer. First I measured the width and height of your drawer. This will help you find the center of your drawer.

Next we will divide the drawer in half and find the center of each half of our drawer.

Place your cabinet door & drawer hardware installation template on your drawer front lining up the template with your measurements. Using your spoon as a guide mark where the holes need to be drilled.

Prepare Your Spoons To Be Drawer Pulls

Remember how my super human strength determination bent the spoons but they were not all exactly the same? We have a guest on the blog today – meet my Dad, Phil. Well technically only his hands, but yeah, meet Phil’s hands.

He came up with a way to measure the holes and spoons to accurately drill holes in the spoons to be able to fit on the drawers.

He drew a pattern of each hole on a piece of paper – A, B, and C marking the distance between each one.

Then on the spoons determined if the spoon, considering its bend, was the best fit for an A, B, C drawer.

Drilling Holes in Metal for The Drawer Pulls

First, using a large nail make a divot in the spoon where you want to drill the hole. This will help the drill bit not walk on you.

Choose a drill bit made specifically for metal and is the correct size for your project. Make sure it is not too big for the bowl of the spoon or the decorative end. Drill your holes in both ends of your spoon where you made your marks.

Using your A,B,C diagram attach your spoons to your drawer fronts.

Are You Ready To Make Spoon Drawer Pulls?

I encourage you to think outside the box, the big box store, that is for your handles or drawer pulls for your next projects. They truly are the jewelry, an accessory, sprinkles on a cupcake, glitter on ... well everything!

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Suggested materials:
  • Drill Bit Made For Drilling Metal   (Amazon)
  • Large Nail   (Hardware Store)
  • Vintage Tourist Spoons   (Antique Booth)
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  • Tulsa Gwamah Tulsa Gwamah on Dec 31, 2021

    That was such an awesome idea!!! Truly unique.

    Maybe you can help me with finishing touches on a storage project.

    I made pantry storage between the wall studs in my laundry room because my kitchen is small and the even the pantry doesn't help a lot. I got some louvered doors from the local Habitat Store and I need to come up with some way to hold the two sets of doors closed because I have cats and they are very smart about opening doors. What I had in mind was something along the lines of a swing latch, but haven't been able to find anything that is long enough and looks good. I looked both online and at the local stores and have struck out on both counts.

    Any suggestions you might come up with would be greatly appreciated.

  • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Jan 01, 2022

    Are they large.nails.keeping the pulls up.thanks

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  • Jbo57217624 Jbo57217624 on Jan 14, 2022

    I have a whole set of silver and didn't know what to do with it.....this is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing

    • Kristin Sullivan Kristin Sullivan on Jan 14, 2022

      I am so glad this inspired you to take that silver and make it a "fifth sparrow no more" and use it as drawer pulls or furniture or cabinet handles! 💜🐦️

  • Krafty Kathy Krafty Kathy on Jan 14, 2022

    I love this. we have odd 1970's size pulls so all the modern one don't fit and spackling the hole will show. A spoon would hide that extra hole. A new set of flat ware might be cheaper than pulls,