DIY pastel tones wooden spoon

spoon

We’re fresh from the long weekend and ankle deep in August, which is the laziest month of the year in Italy. It has taken a great deal of willpower to sit in front of the computer when I would absolutely rather be in my hammock reading the latest Harry Potter.

So to give myself a bit of a motivational jolt into the new work week, I thought I would tackle a DIY project I’ve had in the works for ages. Dip dyed spoons! Okay, not that exciting, but it’s a project I’ve been dying to try out. In the past, I’ve resisted the urge to empty my utensil drawer and dip dye everything for one small reason – I was convinced I would fudge it up and be left with something a kindergartener does for Mother’s Day.

You know those DIY projects that you are so proud of at the time of production but then cringe at their amateur style less than a week later? Well, I promise you this is not one of them! My dip dyed spoon turned out really elegant and understated. It has that modern minimalist flair that I’m always harping on about and it was a cinch to make.

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MATERIALS:

1 wooden soup spoon
white, black and teal acrylic paint
paintbrushes
masking tape
food safe shellac spray

Before you start the process, make sure to read this blade sharpening guide cause if you are planning to give the spoon a few carvings, you’ll most definitely need a sharp blade to get the perfect design. Start by sanding your spoon with a piece of sandpaper. This will remove any gloss and ensure the paint sticks better. Once you’ve done that, divide your spoon two thirds of the way up from the handle. Wrap a strip of masking tape around that point.

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Next paint the handle white. Two coats should do it. When it’s dry, remove the masking tape and paint another two coats of teal to cover the remaining spoon.

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Using your black paint and a thin paint brush, paint criss crossing strokes over the handle. Leave to dry.

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Spray with food safe shellac and add a piece of jute cord to hang your gorgeous creation! A couple of these would look great in a ceramic vase close to the stove. They’re not dishwasher safe, so always wash by hand or you might strip the paint.

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