How-To: Color Block Wooden Spoons

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This holiday season I’m guessing you’ll need cheap and easy hostess gifts.

Let’s give our friends something useful: wooden kitchen spoons. And not just any wooden spoons, but super-cute color block wooden spoons that cost barely nothing and take about 30 minutes to make.

For this kitchen crafting adventure, you’ll need the following:

1. Wooden Spoons. 2. Paint. 3. Painter’s Tape. (Links to specific colors and supplies at the bottom of this post!)

Let’s go!

Step 1: Taping

Start by cutting strips of painter’s tape into different lengths. For this particular spoon, I took two small pieces of painters tape and taped them at the bottom and top of the spoon’s handle.

I cut one piece of small tape and cut that one piece into three, using two of the strips and placing them close together.

Play around with the patterns of stripes, if you like.

Step 2: Painting & Drying

I used a mismatch of six different colors, disbursing between three spoons. You could easily do this with three colors and save a little bit of money.

I did two coats, giving the paint about 5 minutes to dry in between coats.

I found that resting the spoon on a jar (in its dry areas) was useful in the drying step.

Step 3: Repeat

Different pattern; different paint colors! I switched it up with all of them. And since the patterns are so similar and you’re using some of the same colors, it all looks cohesive and stuff.

Peel the painter’s tape and off and ta-da! Done.

A few pro-tips I found along the way:

1. Make the sure the painter’s tape is really on there. Smooth it down and make it one with the wooden spoon. You might have a little leakage here and there, which is ok, but sealing that painter’s tape helps eliminate leaks.

2. Umm..I’m trying to think of another piece of advice on this project but I don’t have anything else–it’s super easy and fun!

Tie a ribbon around the three spoons and walk into the party with something fun, unusual and handmade. People will be into it!

Also, I think these would be cute stocking stuffers, too. Ok, I’m done being a saleswoman and pushing these things on you.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with cookies or a tart. BYE!


1. Wooden Spoons (These are from World Market – 99¢ each)
2. Paint brush
2. Scotch Painter’s Tape
3. Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Satin – “Wild Salmon”
4. Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Satin – “Cloud”
5. Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Metallic – “Rose Gold”
6. Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Pearl – “Antique Silk”
7. Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Satin – “Greek Tile”
8. Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Metallic – “Titanium”
9. Clear Top Coat (Optional. This will help with the paint lasting and not chipping.)

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Bev @ Bev Cooks December 11, 2012 at 5:39 am

This is seriously so cool. I want to color block things!


Little Kitchie December 11, 2012 at 5:42 am

This is a great tutorial and SUCH a good idea for easy but thoughtful gifts! I love this idea!


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 11, 2012 at 5:45 am

I can’t wait to make these!!!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 11, 2012 at 5:51 am

Is it OK if I just keep this idea for myself and not for gifts for other people because I love it so much? Kthanks.


Lynda December 11, 2012 at 7:08 am

This is such a great idea! Also would make a lovely little stocking filler for the baker in the family :)



Chloe Moon December 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

I have a friend getting married and she loves to cook! I have to make these for her in her favorite colors! Thanks for the inspiration! =)

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erin @ yummy supper December 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

So cute and crafty Adrianna!!!


Tasha Zee December 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

Now that is an idea! Love this! Whyyyyy didnt I think of this???? hee hee hee


Stacey December 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

I’m so in love with these! I cannot wait to make them. Is it bad that I want to make a bunch for myself first?


Adrianna December 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

No, because I didn’t give these to anyone – they’re currently in my kitchen and they look pretty adorable.


Stacey December 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Gah! You’re the best.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking December 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love your DIY’s. I made the wrapping paper this past weekend!!!


Adrianna December 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

Oh that’s so awesome! HAPPY!


Jess December 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

Thank you thank you!!! I have a “favorite things” party I’m going to this week and I bought cookbooks. I wanted to put something with them that was kitchen related, but I was toeing the $15 limit already. This is PERFECT!! You’re the best 😉


Nancy December 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

Aww, these are so adorable! Definitely want to make some! 😀

Nancy, Colorado Springs Roofing


Amanda @ The Unfamiliar Kitchen December 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

This is seriously a fantastic idea! I literally just ordered supplies on amazon. Do you know if the paint comes off in the dishwasher?


Adrianna December 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I don’t have a dishwasher to test them out on, but I did just run water over them and scrub the handles and nothing came off. If you’re a little worried about that, I’d recommend spraying them with this top coat. I’m also going to add it to the instructions because I think it’ll be helpful for other people, too!


how2home December 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

these are so adorable!


Betsy December 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

ADORABLE! Now I need to go buy some spoons!


NicoleD December 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

CUUUTE! I think Emma Roberts is going to approve of this post, super star!


Eileen December 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Love this idea! I’m thinking Red, white and silver would look great. See, I’m already planning my next project :)


Sarah December 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

What a great custom gift for someone! Awesome idea.


Hope December 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

This is such a good idea!


Jayne December 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

These are so cute and affordable! I’d probably get a bunch from Ikea or something and start painting. Nothing says I like you than a custom made gift. Even if it’s partially custom made (seeing as you didn’t carve out the spoon out of wood yourself :-P)


joanna December 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

this is seriously cute!!


Maya, Project Pack a Lunch December 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I love this! Definitely going to have to try it


elle | nutritionella December 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

So cute! These would make great, inexpensive holiday gifts for friends.


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

LOVE this idea! They turned out great and I love the colors you chose :)


Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen December 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

Best DIY gift I’ve seen so far this year! I’m totally smitten with these spoons!


Joelle (on a pink typewriter) December 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

You may have just found my Christmas gift for my mom!


Katie @ Blonde Ambition December 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Love it! I can’t say no to shiny colors…. 4 year old at heart here.


merrybelly December 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Great idea!! Super cute :)


gigi December 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

absoulutely fantastic idea! was trying to think of something to bring my mother in law the other day she will love these can’t wait to try this. thanks for that inspiration! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @


Ceci bean December 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I love this! I did this on bamboo utensils and they looked just like the ones West Elm sells for $6 a piece. I like the stripes you added!


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