Painted Wooden Spoons

I have seen tons of different painted wooden spoons on pinterest lately. They are beautiful! I love all of the bright colors and even the lighter pastels. Some of the spoons you dip in paint, some you brush on paint, and some I am pretty sure are really store bought! I really like the look of the painted wooden spoons, they  my only question was will it hold up with standard use? When I found a set of bamboo spoons on sale for $3.00 I decided that I didn’t have much to lose, so I gave it a shot.

Painted wooden spoons


What you need for Painted Wooden Spoons:

  1. Wooden spoons (like I said above, I used bamboo spoons)
  2. Paint ( I used non-toxic Acrylic paint from the craft dept. at our local Wal-Mart)
    *You can use painters tape if you would like, but I free-handed it. I am a rebel like that!
    *I also used Rubber bands…which I will explain later.

Painted wooden spoons Pin Tested


 How to start:

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that to get painted wooden spoons, you just paint some wooden spoons. Well, it is very self explanatory, but I am going to share a few things I learned while doing this Pinterest test. First, one of the pins I looked at for the painted wooden spoons said that you should prime your spoons…I am lazy and I didn’t. So sue me. 🙂 Other pins said to sand and shellac your spoons, and some pins didn’t even give instructions at all. I decided that I would give it my best shot.

Before I get ahead of myself, let me explain the genius behind the rubber bands… I placed rubber bands around the handle of each spoon so that the spoon was lifted just enough off of the counter so that I could paint both sides of the handle and the paint would not get smudged! Genius right! Really I was to lazy to wait for the paint to dry with each coat on both sides. (shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone) I didn’t do any shellacing to my spoons, I lightly sanded them, and then I just started slapping paint on! haha not really slapping, I started with VERY thin coats at first.

Painted wooden spoons pinterest test

You can really see how the rubber bands hold up the spoons in this picture, and you can also see how thin of coats I was doing. I added about 4 or 5 coats of the non-toxic paint just high enough so that it would not be in contact with any food I may prepare. If you choose to use the painters tape for a cleaner line on your spoon, you would add it before you start with your first coat, and then take it off after you were done painting…I just thought I would throw that in there just in case someone hasn’t used painters tape before and wasn’t sure how that it fit into painted wooden spoons.

Pin-Proved-It or Pin-Fail?

The true test would be, did the paint last? Or did it wash off into soapy sink oblivion? I didn’t let the spoons soak in the water, I just gently washed them with a dishcloth and water at first. And well…I will let the picture speak for itself.

painted wooden spoon pinterest fail

That is right, a Pin fail. As bad as I wanted this to to work, and as promising as some of the websites made this pin sound it is an obvious pin fail. I really don’t think that any amount of sanding or schellac could make this pin work. If you know a secret…I would be overjoyed to know what it is! 🙂 I really wanted this to work, and I am very glad that I only spent 3 bucks on the spoons!

Pin Failed It

Painted wooden spoons we pin tested it


We tested it so you don’t have to!


  1. Sara M. says

    Maybe you could use outdoor paint, since it is made to withstand water. Of course, that would probably make the project pretty costly…
    Or use colored stains instead of paint if you have some on hand.

    • Cassie says

      My only worry with using and outdoor paint, is that it is not non-toxic and may accidentally come in contact with wood. I wonder if I had shellacked over the paint if it would have stayed on? This is such a cute idea and it may be worth another shot! 🙂

  2. Bianca says

    If you have an oil based paint it would work a lot better but if youre going to use a standard water based paint you need to let them sit for a month that way the paint can cure and wont wash off.

  3. Devon says

    I think this might work better on wooden spoons that aren’t bamboo. Bamboo is kind of slick and not as porous as regular wooden spoons. Since craft paint is acrylic and, thus, water based, it will (OK, should

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