Handmade gifts are often the best ones, especially when the gift is one you use often. Because you take time and care to create something special, giving something you made shows thoughtfulness and kindness. The recipient will think of you every time they use the gift you made them.
These painted wooden spoons are no exception. For theat the Bright Blog Bash holiday party I threw with Katie, made these for each of the guests to go inside Katie’s DIY dip-dyed tote bags along with all of the amazing swag from our sponsors.
I love painting them with different colored handles, making it easier to grab the one you want when you are in the middle of a stirring frenzy on the stove. My mom always taught me to designate a spoon for sweets and one for savory foods so as not to let the wrong flavors seep into your food. Color coding is the perfect way to handle that.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Wooden spoons
- Sand paper
- Acrylic paints*, such as Martha Stewart Craft Paints in satin finish
- Paint brush (I used these)
- Tape (I used painter’s tape)
- Food-safe wood conditioner
- Rag or old towel
- Baker’s twine or ribbon for packaging
*Generally, acrylic paint is not food-safe so don’t paint the entire spoon — just the handle! These spoons are dishwasher-safe, though I’d recommend hand-washing them so they’ll last longer!
- Prepare the spoons. Your spoons may have rough areas, so sand them down gently and wipe away any dust with a damp cloth. Let dry. Use a piece of painter’s tape to create a guide around the handle of the spoon. You may find it helpful to measure out your desired painted area first, then add the tape.
- Paint the spoons. Depending on the colors you choose, I would recommend two coats of paint. For a makeshift drying rack, I cut slits in the bottom of an empty cardboard box.
- Cure the paint. After painting, allow the spoons to air dry for at least an hour. Place the spoons in a cold oven, then heat the oven to 350°F. When the oven reaches 350°F, bake the spoons for 25 minutes. Then turn the oven off and let the spoons cool completely in the oven. Wait at least 3 days before using or washing the spoons.
- Condition the spoons. This step is optional, but using a wood conditioner on the spoons will give them a longer life. Heat the conditioner in a microwave-safe bowl before using. Dip a rag into the oil, then gently wipe it on the exposed spoon area. Let the spoons sit for 20 minutes before wiping up the excess. (See video below.) Wait at least 3 days before using or washing the spoons.
- Wrap them pretty. Use string, yarn, ribbon or twine to hold together the sets of spoons for pretty gift-giving.
Wouldn’t these spoons make an adorable gift? The conditioner really takes them to the next level in looks, as you can see here. Well-conditioned wood provides moisture, keeping them from drying out and cracking. You can also use the conditioner to freshen up wooden utensils and cutting boards.
Always hand-wash the spoons with warm water and soap. As I mentioned, they are dishwasher safe, but the spoons will last longer if you hand-wash them.
Be sure to check out Katie’s DIY dip-dyed tote bags today. We’ll be sharing more great stuff from the Bright Blog Bash all week long! Be sure to see yesterday’s recap to find out what else went into these awesome swag bags. // susannah
(Photos by me and Sara Logan Photography)