Hand Painted “Dipped” Spoons

This summer, I participated in my first crafty gift exchange. SO.MUCH.FUN. Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous organizes two gift exchanges every year {on top of having a fabulous blog full of tutorials, running a monthly craft kit club, and helping her readers find answer to their crafting questions via facebook and twitter. phew! I’m exhausted just typing that!}.  I love making handmade gifts for people, and certainly love receiving them, so I was obviously pumped to get to join in on the fun.

I was paired up with Mariah {you can read her blog here}. She sent me three awesome gifts in my favorite colors. :) I am counting down the day til I can wear the beautiful cowl se knitted for me! And I’m dying over this Texas print! {Y’all know I love my Texas!}. My husband response to the print : “That. is. AWESOME.”. Thank you, Mariah!! :)  {ahem…excuse the sad iPhone photo….}

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I stalked Mariah’s Pinterest boards and decided to try my hand at hand painted “dipped” bamboo spoons. {Like this, this, and this.} It was a pretty easy project and doesn’t take too long either {depending on how many colors you use per spoon}.

To start, you’ll need a set of bamboo or wooden spoons, non-toxic craft paint, painters tape, sandpaper, and a foam brush or two. I used the Martha Stewart craft paint line from Michael’s. They’re non-toxic and come in a huge variety of colors and finishes.

Hand Painted "Dipped" Spoons

Tape off the are of the handle that you want painted, and then give a light sanding to rough up any varnish that is on the spoon.

Hand Painted "Dipped" Spoons

Now, you’re ready to paint! It took me between 3 and 4 coats of paint {some colors required more than others} to get full coverage. It is very important to make sure you wait until the paint is completely dry before you remove the tape to get a nice crisp line. Once I had one stripe painted and dry, I taped off the next area I wanted to paint in a different color and did the same thing.

Hand Painted "Dipped" Spoons

There are endless options for how you can paint your spoon handles! Have fun and get creative with it! Try different color and different patterns.

Hand Painted "Dipped" Spoons

Hand Painted "Dipped" Spoons

These would make great gifts for bridal showers, house warming, or as a birthday or Christmas gift for your friend who loves to cook. I’ll be making a set for my own kitchen next. I want to experiment with a herring bone or chevron pattern. I’ll let you know if I do!

Hand Painted "Dipped" Spoons

Hand Painted "Dipped" Spoons

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