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hand painted wooden spoons

December 18, 2013

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hello, lovelies! this week i’m going to try my best to share several tutorials with you for handmade gifts. making presents for my friends and family each year has always been one of my favorite things! it all started last week with this soy candle tutorial, and today i’m sharing with you how to make these beautiful hand painted spoons.

i am by no means claiming this as an original diy! i know lots of people out there are painting spoons, but to be honest, i haven’t read any of the tutorials. i just went at this diy from what i knew and am here to share my experience with you. let’s get started!

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first, you’ll need to gather several supplies, though none of them are very expensive (yeah!).

supplies:

– wooden spoons (i grabbed mine right here)
– desired colors of martha stewart craft paints in satin finish (available at michaels)*
– tape to use as a guide (i used washi tape)
– paint brush
wood conditioner

*marth stewart’s craft paints are non-toxic and dishwasher safe. they are not considered ‘food safe’ though, so be sure not to paint the entire spoon!

for the labels:

printable tags (click to download)
– sticker paper (i used full page sticker paper from world label)
– printer
bakers twine for tying

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step 1: tape. first start by placing a piece of tape around the spoon to use as a guide. i used washi tape because it was easy to apply and remove. i also tried regular scotch tape, but found it super hard to remove! also, do yourself a favor and make a ‘pull tab’ (shown in picture 1) by folding the tape over at the end as you wrap it around. this will make it really easy to remove!

step 2: paint. paint paint paint! apply two coats if necessary and don’t forget to paint the round end of the spoon. you’ll also need to figure out a way to let them dry without anything touching the painted handles. my ikea plant stand worked perfectly, but since i know you all don’t have one, you can also hang them from the spoon side with string, or wedge them in cuts from a cardboard box (follow me?).

step 3: cure the paint. let the spoons air dry for 1 hour, then place them in a cool oven. set the temperature to 350°f. once oven reaches 350°, bake them for 30 minutes. then, turn the oven off and let them cool completely in the oven. wait 72 hours before using or washing.

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step 4: condition the wood. you guys, i can’t believe what a difference this made! i really urge you not to skip this step (especially if you buy cheap spoons like i did!). as you can see above, the wood conditioner works wonders. simply apply the wax warm, let sit for 20 minutes and then wipe the excess off. (click here to watch a video of me doing it- and hear my baby coo in the background! haha).

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step 5: tag. now it’s time to tag your gifts (if you want)! click here to download the printable tags. i  printed mine on full page sticker paper from world label and then cut them out along the faint dotted lines. then, fold them in half with a piece of baker’s twine in the middle, then tie around a set of three spoons

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painted table legs

April 26, 2012

painted table legs

the moment i saw these painted table legs over at morning by folly, i started thinking about all the lovely ways this idea could be implemented. i just love the pop of color it gave her simple bed and couch! i’m always thrifting and picking up vintage odd and ends, and i think this would be especially darling on the 4 legs of a vintage chair. what do you think?

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wooden textiles

April 3, 2012

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wooden textiles

wooden textiles

wooden textiles

wooden textiles

wooden textiles

wooden textiles

wooden textiles

gasping for air yet? yeah, me too. elisa strozyk is a young designer from berlin who has mastered the art of turning an unconventional material- wood- into a textile. she makes everything from bedspreads and blankets to rugs and lamps- and is even starting to work on accessories and bags! to meet her and see her process, you can check out this video.

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our 5 dollar headboard

August 29, 2011

diy crate headboard

sneak peek of our bedroom! we made the headboard from scraps behind our local market (following these directions), so we only had to purchase a few hangers. with strung lights behind it, i like the rustic-chic feel it gives.
 

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fairytale land

July 28, 2011

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fairytale land

wooden cherry buttons | block 7 mini house | wooden branch pendant | natural zen garden desk organizer

from karolin felix dream + the next 2 people to order (to make her first 20 sales) receive 15% off by entering “MagicOfTheForest” at checkout!

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