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You know all those cute painted wooden spoon tutorials? I think they’re adorable, but I wanted to create something both similar and different. A bit of experimentation led me to create these custom scrapbook paper wooden spoons that are, in fact, quite functional! They would be the perfect way to spruce up your kitchen or a great homemade gift for someone who loves to cook. They’re inexpensive, quick, easy, and don’t require much by way of specialized tools or materials. How cool is that?
Supplies for decorated mixing spoons
- Clean wooden mixing spoons or other utensils (surprise!)
- A ruler
- Scrapbook paper
- A paper cutter or a pencil and pair of scissors
- Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
- A foam paint brush (or a finger, if you’d like to get messy)
- Matte acrylic spray (optional)
That’s pretty easy! I really recommend using a decoupage medium and not just white glue because it is more durable and waterproof. The additional spray is not really necessary, I just prefer to give the outer layer a quick matte coat for added durability and to remove any semi-gloss shine the Mod Podge developed.
1. Measure your spoon handles and determine how far up each handle you’d like the paper to come. One of my spoons was longer than the other two utensils so I chose to cut my paper into two different lengths.
2. Cut you scrapbook paper to length, check how it looks against your spoons, and make adjustments, as needed.
3. Cut the paper to form long, thin rectangles that are about 2.5″ wide. I chose to have my paper wrap around each handle twice for added durability, but you can have the paper just barely overlap, if you’d like.
4. Carefully, but generously, coat about half a piece of paper, lengthwise, with Mod Podge and position it as straight up and down along a spoon handle as possible. Carefully roll the paper around the spoon, making adjustments as necessary, until you’ve made a full wrap around the handle.
5. Holding the first wrap in place, coat any remaining paper with Mod Podge and carefully wrap it around the handle, too, taking care to press out any wrinkles gently to avoid tearing the paper.
6. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the paper’s exterior and either place the spoon upside down in a glass or hand the wrapped handle off a table’s edge until the Mod Podge has dried.
7. Repeat step 7 at least one more time.
8. If desired, take the spoon outside, cover the un-paperered portion with something like a plastic grocery bag, and spray the scrapbook paper down with a coat of a clear matte sealant.
9. Repeat steps 4-8 for any remaining spoons.
Pretty easy, huh? You can actually do the same thing with fabric instead of paper, but sometimes the Mod Podge sort of darkens the fabric a little, depending on what fibers the fabric is made from. This project works best with scrapbook paper that has a small, repeating pattern because you can’t really show off much of a large design. You could also use your own artwork, instead – I think this would be a great way to use a few pieces of Zentangle inspired art! Obviously you shouldn’t put these through the dishwasher or let the handles soak, but they’re durable enough for regular use as long as you take care when washing them. I’ve tested Mod Podge and found it to be fairly water resistant – a quick wipe down on the handles should be okay, just don’t really scrub at them or blast them with water!
Have you made any custom spoons yet?