DIY Painted Spoons

by Chris on February 5, 2013

I wrote this post up last year (aka December) for Beckie at Infarrantly Creative, and I thought I’d share it with you today! Don’t forget! Our Sweetheart Giveaway is still going on! Head over to enter.


These spoons served as a super easy, super inexpensive treat for a gift exchange over the holidays. I wanted it to stay as close to $5.00 as possible, and I think it comes close. I picked up these wooden utensils at the grocery store for just that, and I found a 2-pack of dish towels for $2.00.

wooden spoons

I figure I can get two gifts out of these supplies, so it’s well within my $5.00 budget. Woo hoo! I taped off the actual spoon and sprayed it with some primer. I wanted to make sure the paint stayed put.

painting spoons

The next part is completely up to the artist. I simply taped off different sections of the handle and mixed up a couple different shades of green to match the towel I purchased. I may or may not have used a hair dryer to speed things up just a bit. Not needed if you have more patience than me.

spoons drying

Once the paint is all dry, I recommend a clear coat of polycrylic (water based poly) to keep the paint from scratching or wearing off.

easy hostess gift

While they’re obviously not dishwasher safe, they would certainly hold up well if hand washed. Aaaand they certainly add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral serving utensil!

painted wooden spoons

I was able to get two gifts out of this project at the whopping cost of $3.50 a piece. Nice! This would serve as a great hostess gift, teacher gift, mailman gift, neighbor gift…I think you get the point.

painted spoons gift

The green and red is a bit of a holiday touch, but the color possibilities are endless! I’ll be back with massive giveaway #2 on Thursday. The fun just never ends around here, people.



Barbara Grooms February 6, 2013 at 12:09 am

Hey, nice job coming up with such a lovely gift at such a reasonable price. Makes me want to change my kitchen accent colors back to green. Love it. Mom

august February 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

I’m curious about staining. Like, if I decided to make spaghetti (sp?) or something, is it “protected”?

Gina February 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Great idea! I never put wooden items in the dishwasher anyway….makes them split.

Debbie February 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Very cute gift idea. And I really like matching them to dish towels.
Debbie :)

Marti February 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

I love how they turned out. Did you keep any for yourself to see how well they hold up? I’d hate for the paint to flake off in food.

Cathie February 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

That is one of my favorite wines! The spoons look awesome!

Coley February 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Super cute! Would make a great hostess or wedding gift!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} February 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Eeeek! So could have made these for a hostess last night. I love these. The stripes are so pretty. Impressed, girl. Thanks for the fun idea. Thinking cute stocking stuffers for mom and sister next year, too.

Megan // Honey We're Home February 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Such a great, personal gift- especially paired with that towel! I’d be using the hairdryer too. :)

Diana Rambles February 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

SUPER cute!! Great idea!

Laurie @ Simply Creating Home February 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm

What a fun and perfect gift to make and give. Pairing them with a pretty matching bowl would make a wonderful set, too. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing your idea.

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