This time of year, it's not uncommon to find yourself with an excess of plastic cutlery from parties and barbecues. They take up space in the cupboard and often become more of a nuisance than anything else. Rather than throw them away, however, there are ways to transform plastic spoons into fun decor while allowing you to explore your creative side.

One way to repurpose your discarded plastic spoons is to turn them into a vase or centerpiece. In the video below, YouTuber SreeCrafts uses a Mason jar as the foundation of her vase, then fixes the heads of her spoons around the outside, starting from the top and working her way down.  Depending on the desired size and shape of the finished product, this process can be adapted to fit many different containers. To customize your vase further, you can also paint the spoons (but do so before gluing them down to make your life easier) for a more vibrant look. Imagine how pretty a gold flower vase would look, or even a quirky artichoke-shaped centerpiece!

Though she doesn’t demonstrate this in the video below, other tutorials take this project a step further by melting the spoons slightly over a candle. Once the plastic is more pliable,  the spoon heads can then be molded into realistically-shaped flower petals. For that advanced method, we suggest using extreme caution to avoid injury, and painting the spoon heads after they have cooled completely. If you opt for a smaller container, you could also place a battery-operated tea light into the vase for a unique votive. 

Instead of allowing those extra plastic spoons to clutter up your home, exercise your crafty side with this fun DIY project. There's something so satisfying about taking something ordinary and transforming it into a one-of-a-kind creation. For a step-by-step guide on how to make these charming decorations, be sure to check out the video below. Let us know what you think, and don't forget to share any additional ideas you may have with us in the comment section. How would you spice up this tutorial?