Here’s a little Housewarming Lady I made for a coworker. I’ve never been great at housewarming gifts but I recalled seeing a Spoon Lady made for a bridesmaid party a long time ago. This was quite a bit of trial and error so if something isn’t clear, feel free to ask for clarification.
I ended up using:
1 funnel – 6 inches tall, 5 inches in diameter
1 wooden spoon – 12 inches tall, round handle
1 sponge, cut in half
2 copper pot scrubbers
1 recipe card
some ribbon, pins and sharpies
Would you believe that it’s difficult to find wooden spoons with round handles? Quite a lot have rectangular handles and you know what they say about a square peg in a round hole, doesn’t work. 🙂 I purchased a multi-pack with spoons of different lengths since I didn’t know for sure what size I would need.
First, you stand your wooden spoon up in your funnel. I cut one sponge in half and ‘sandwiched’ it around the spoon to create the body. Of course, I didn’t take pictures of that process but here’s a pic from the back showing what I mean. One piece of sponge on each side of the spoon.
Then, I took one washcloth, gathered it around the neck, and tied it with some ribbon. Another piece of ribbon tied at the bottom of the sponge pieces creates her waist.
Use another washcloth rolled into a tube for the arms.
Attach the arm roll on the back with a pin and bring the ends around to the front for her arms. Initially, I pinned the arms in place but ended up redoing this when I added the whisk and recipe card.
The third washcloth is used as a cape type cover for the back. Can’t have her innards peeking out. Fold one corner of the washcloth down to make it easier to attach.
Attach with a pin at the back of the neck and work it around to cover everything and drape right, then pin on the sides.
Throughout this process my sponges moved up and down my spoon, ribbon was tied and untied, things were pinned and unpinned, but it’s easy to tweak all of that without starting the whole process over.
For her hair I used two copper pot scrubbers. I started out with one but couldn’t get it to sit on her head properly.
What I did to fix this was to reshape one scrubber making a hollowed out area to insert another scrubber. This worked for me, your mileage may vary.
After figuring out the hair, I folded the napkin to create a head scarf type thing to hold the hair on.
Again, this was a lot of trial and error. I probably folded and refolded this more than a dozen times. This is what ended up working for me. Depending on the size and type of material you use, you may find another way works better. You could even use a scrap piece of material for this.
After she was all together I unpinned her arms, inserted the whisk on one side and attached the recipe card on the other. This was all tied with ribbon to hold it where I wanted it and then I re-pinned the arms.
I wrote a Blessed Home poem on the recipe card. You could put an actual recipe or personal message, whatever works for you.
Lastly, I drew her face with sharpies. I then set her in a basket with some other goodies and voila!, cute housewarming gift.
Everything she’s made of is usable other than the pot scrubber that I kind of pulled apart so I put an extra one in the basket.
Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.