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September 2003 Project of the Month
Decorative Wooden Spoon

These spoons are a nice gift for your child to give this Grandparent's Day! I made the dark stained Holly Hobby one in the late 70's for Mother's Day and it has lasted all these years. My son and I made the "vegetable" spoon for this project of the month. ~ Miche

Materials Needed:

  • Magazines or decoupage papers
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Brush and rag for staining
  • Modge Podge
  • Ribbon
  • Ribbon stiffener (optional)
  • Invisible thread for hanging


  1. Cut out a picture or few to place on the spoon. The three vegetables in the example were taken from plates in a kitchen store's catalog and arranged together. Cut as close to the design as possible.

  2. Choose a color of stain that matches your kitchen or complements the colors in the picture.

  3. Follow the instructions on the can of stain. The instructions will probably include lightly sanding all surfaces of the spoon, wiping off the sawdust, applying a coat of stain, waiting a few minutes then ragging off the excess stain. You will need 2 coats of stain.

  4. When the final stain coat is dry adhere the picture to the bowl of the spoon following the directions on the jar of modge podge. You use the Modge Podge as both a glue and shellac. I found four coats of modge podge works nicely.

  5. Tie on a ribbon. Stiffen with a stiffening product if desired. The stiffening will allow the ribbon to keep its shape nicely.

  6. Hang with some invisible thread. If your spoon does not have a hole for hanging you can screw in an eyehook to the end of the spoon.

Tommy with his spoonNotes:

  • If making with a younger child, be sure to spread a generous amount of newspaper under your workspace. Let him experiment with stain. As long as you don't let it sit too long you can always rag off the excess. Remember a little stain does go a long way!

  • Clean up tips: To get stain off fingers first use Avon's Skin So Soft and follow with soap and water. Modge Podge washes right off in water if you catch it before it sets.

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