DIY Painted Wooden Spoons

Painted wooden spoons make the cutest gift! Pull out your DIY skills and get to sanding, painting and conditioning a set of wooden spoons for the cook in your life. 

DIY Painted Wooden Spoons // Feast + West

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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 the Bright Blog Bash holiday party I threw with Katie, I made these for each of the guests to go inside Katie’s super cute DIY dip-dyed tote bags, along with all of the amazing swag from our sponsors.

DIY Painted Wooden Spoons // Feast + West

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:

*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! 

DIY Painted Wooden Spoons // Feast + West

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Prepare the spoons.

Your wooden 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.

2. 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 and turned it upside down.


3. 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.

DIY Painted Wooden Spoons // Feast + West

4. 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.

5. Tie them up & give them away!  

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?

Bright Blog Bash with Feast + West and Twin Stripe

How to care for your painted wooden spoons:

Well-conditioned wood provides moisture, keeping them from drying out and cracking.

Always hand-wash your painted wooden spoons with warm water and soap. They ARE dishwasher safe, but the spoons will last longer if you hand-wash them.

Plus, the wood conditioner really takes them to the next level in looks, don’t you think?

You can also use the conditioner to freshen up wooden utensils and cutting boards!

Bright Blog Bash with Feast + West and Twin Stripe

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)

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      • Colleen says

        Hello, I came across this tutorial and I love it. Just wondering-after the spoons are baked in the oven do I have to wait 3 days to put the conditioner on them?

        • Susannah says

          Hey Colleen! So glad you love it. Once the spoons have cooled, you can go ahead and condition them. Just make sure you wait to use them for a few days so the paint and conditioner have time to settle in. Hope that helps!

  1. Melissa says

    What a great idea, especially the tip about the conditioner. I’ve used wood oils, but the finish never seems to last. Heating it up and letting it soak in for 3 days – perfect!

    • Susannah says

      Oh, you are so right about that, Melissa! The bottle actually says you should be oiling your wooden cooking surfaces every 3-4 weeks! I had no idea. When I made these spoons, I also did some work on my dried-out spoons and cutting boards and it has made a big difference. Now that I have the bottle, I will definitely try to do that more often.

      • Deanna says

        I tried this but the paint bubbled up some and some became a little tacky. And one other one the paint ran a little. I let the paint dry for a whole day before baking them and followed the baking instructions
        Any idea why this happened or how i can prevent it in the future?

        • Susannah says

          Hi Deanna! I’m so sorry that happened. My first thought is it could be the paint. Was it new paint? Sometimes paint can go bad if it is old. Another thought is the thickness of the paint — did you do a thick coat? I find a thinner coat does better — let it sort of stain or soak into the wood. Acrylic paint essentially dries as plastic, so that could be the source of the bubbles when they baked. Let me know if you experiment with this and figure it out! I wish that had happened to me so I could help more. — Susannah

  2. Gina says

    I was wondering how you made these, Susannah! I loved getting the behind the scenes. Definitely sharing + bookmarking to use for gifts! 🙂 Thanks for sharing these with us!

  3. Jennay says

    New follower! Hello from High Point, NC! I’m enjoying your blog and absolutely love this idea and they are so very perfect for gifts! Thanks for sharing! =)

  4. Theresa says

    Oh no! Mine looked so pretty after painting them and then o put them in the oven as suggested and the paint melted and bubbled up. Totally ruined 🙁

    • Susannah says

      Hi Theresa! Oh no. That sounds like it could be the paint you are using. It should be acrylic paint. Perhaps it was too thick? Or maybe your oven is too hot? Have you checked the temperature in the oven? (With a separate thermometer? Once the spoons have cooled see if you can sand off the paint and start over. I’m so sorry they flopped! Hopefully they are salvageable! Feel free to email me a picture and tell me more if you like!

    • Michelle says

      My acrylic paint bubbled up too! It was Martha Stewart’s satin acrylic paint. Did you try anything and figure out what caused it? I thought maybe I didn’t let it dry enough before baking them…

      • Susannah says

        Oh dear! I have never had that happen and I make them most years for the holidays. I definitely wonder if the paints were dry enough, or perhaps the paint was on too thick? Oven temperatures do vary, so maybe try a lower temperature next time! You may be able to sand down the bubbling too. I hope that helps!

        • Michelle says

          I think I figured it out. I rinsed my paintbrushes, and they weren’t completely dry between coats. I’ve read that moisture usually causes paint to bubble for houses so maybe the water ruined it somehow.

  5. Rozina says

    Hi i love these spoons and plan to make them for a bridal shower!
    Do you put anything over the painted side like a shellac or modge podge?
    Also wondering why you heat the spoons.
    Thanks so much!!!

    • Susannah says

      I’m so glad you’re going to give these a try, Rozina! They would make a great gift or favor for a party.

      I don’t seal in the paint with shellac or anything like that, because the acrylic paint seals it enough. You could probably find something that would work if you wanted them to be shiny though! The heat does help to set or “cure” the paint into the wood.

      Hope that helps! Enjoy! ♥

  6. Janine Buser says

    Susannah,

    Thank you for this idea! Would you please clarify whether the spoons can be placed directly on the oven racks? I just don’t want to start an oven fire 🙂

    • Susannah says

      Hi Janine, So sorry I am just seeing this. You can place them directly on the racks! Since it is a low temperature, you should be safe. But I would also make sure your racks are clean. If not, you can try placing them on tin foil.

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