Fun, easy kitchen gift idea

November 15, 2014


When I saw this super-fun idea on, I simply had to share. So simple, so quick and so cute, plus easy on the budget.

This particular do-it-yourself idea was presented as a way to refresh your old wooden spoons, but I think it’s a great way to dress up brand new salad or kitchen utensils to make a fun gift.

Here are the instructions for dip-painting wooden utensils:

Get some colorful non-toxic craft paint–all the better if it matches the decor of the gift recipient—and dip the handles of brand new wooden utensils in the paint. Dip-dye them. I like the presentation above, in which only the handle is dip-dyed.  Nonetheless, once the paint is dry you must cover them with food-safe shellac.   Your total time investment is about an hour. Or less.

If you’re reviving your own old utensils, you’ll need to sand and stain them before you dye.

Aren’t they cute? I’m all about the stocking stuffer, and these would be terrific gifts.  You know, you could do this with your kids or grandkids and let them give the decorated utensils as gifts to their parents or grandparents.

Thank you, House Beautiful, for this great gift idea! House Beautiful has always been one of my favorite magazines and its online magazine is a great source of ideas. Check it out!

The original article–with 14 other great ideas– can be found HERE.  And if you’ve got an easy D-I-Y kitchen gift idea, please add it in the comments. Thanks!

26 comments on “Fun, easy kitchen gift idea
  1. This looks wonderful, Carol.

    My mom has a wooden rolling pin and spoon from her bridal shower in 1952 where every guest signed it. Guess that was the thing to do. This might be a good idea for her spoon!

  2. Liv says:

    That’s a great idea Carol!!

  3. Laura says:

    What a cute idea, bundle them up in a bright lint free towel, too!

  4. Cute idea. Ha! However, I can’t see my mom letting my kids paint in her house. I’ll bring it to her though…

  5. Lisa Froman says:

    Adorable. Absolutely adorable. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  6. These are so cute, thanks for sharing. I’m SO not good at crafts but even I could probably pull this one off!

  7. Kim Tackett says:

    Last year I did wood burning on spoons and cutting boards (as cheese boards). They were fun and fast, and thankfully, I kept some for myself. I love these spoons of yours too!

  8. This is very clever. I think I will pin it to that bulletin board on Pinterest filled with “Things I’d like to do.” I have this fantasy that I will one day make at least one of those cool things. 🙂

  9. Love this idea Carol. No grandkids yet but I want to do this!

  10. Lovely! Such a great idea. Am going to try it out. Thanks for sharing, Carol.

  11. This is adorable. I love color, so it would be a fun thing for me to do with my niece and nephew!

  12. Haralee says:

    I like it! Thanks for sharing the link. I really like the magnet project too.

  13. So smart and simple! My three daughters will all love finding these in their stockings. Thank you!

  14. Diane says:

    I’m all about simple. And inexpensive. These are genius!

  15. Kelly says:

    What a cute DIY that is also practical and fun to give as a gift. Perfect for a housewarming, 1st apartment or even part of a bridal shower gift. Great idea!

  16. Lana says:

    I love the bright colors. Such a great way to fancy up kitchen utensils – might even make me want to cook more!

  17. Nora says:

    Nice idea. Thanks for sharing. I’ll pass it along to someone who I know is really good at crafts–and maybe try it with my granddaughter.

    Question: Is there a way to automate the sign in above? I’ve done it on other sites, but don’t seem to have any luck with this one.

  18. Carolann says:

    These are so cute! I love crafty gifts!

  19. These are very festive and I’m all about wooden spoons. I love them. This would be a fun way to liven things up a bit.

  20. Such a clever idea! I might do this with my daughter when she comes into town.

  21. I don’t cook but those would look awesome in my kitchen! Such a good idea – love the colors!

  22. What a great idea! I already have a candycane theme in mind! With maybe a decorated Mason jar as a holder! Perfect for a neighbor or acquaintance! Babies have filled me with the Christmas spirit this year I am going all out but I love handmade gifts myself.

  23. A perfect way to brighten up the kitchen – a great gift idea.

  24. Kim says:

    Yes! Very cute! Thanks for sharing, Carol 🙂

  25. Great ideas.I put letters that are smaller than the handle of my utensil.
    Thanks for sharing.

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