I can’t believe it is nearly Christmas! I still have a few things to whip up for family and friends before then and just maybe you do too. With the deadline fast approaching, you and I both need something quick and easy to make for our loved ones who love to cook. A wood burned spoon is perfect for a last minute DIY gift. All you need is a wood burning tool and a wooden spoon, and you can make it in under 15 minutes!
You can make a completely custom spoon as detailed or as simple as you want. No special skills required. (This project was actually the first time I’ve tried wood burning and I was really pleased with the result.)
So let’s begin burning a wooden spoon!
As I said, all you really need is a wood burner (also known as a Versa Tool) and a wooden spoon.
If you want to plan out the design ahead of time, you can lightly draw it on the spoon with a pencil and erase any leftover lines afterward.
In the instruction it recommends taping down the wood burner stand. I highly recommend doing this. It keeps the tool safely stationary on your table when you aren’t using it. Turn on your burner and let it heat up. I know this is obvious but do NOT touch it! This tool easily burns wood, leather, plastic, and a variety of other things so be very careful when using it.
If you are not sure when it’s hot enough, test it on a scrap piece of wood or the very end of the spoon.
For the polka dot heart spoon, I used the smallest tip to make dainty little dots. Starting on the front of the spoon, begin your design on the flat part. I found it was easier to start there and work my way out.
To make the dots just lightly press the tip into the wood for a just moment. The longer the tip is pressed against the wood the darker the dot and the harder it is pressed, the larger and deeper the dot becomes. You can experiment with the time and pressure to create the kind of dots you want.
There may be times when you are burning the wood that it starts to smoke a bit. Do not worry just stop burning in that spot, I’m sure it is dark enough. 🙂
If you want to make a design with dots, begin by outlining the shape in dots.
At first I did fewer dots with more space in between them, but the heart shape was getting lost in the surrounding dots, so I added more dots to create a clearer defined shape which I really like. Then just fill in dots around it. I repeated this process on the back of the spoon as well.
It looks adorable if I do say so myself. 😀 You can stop there or continue with the dots all the way up the handle.
If you are not into polka dots, you can make graphic lines with the standard wood burning tip. Making lines is a little bit trickier to do. I found it better to slowly draw the line instead of quickly drawing it and then go over it again and again with the burner. It’s hard to get continuous lines that way, as you can see by some of my lines in the picture below.
Overall I’m really pleased with the way they turned out, and I can’t wait to give them away this Christmas.
A personalized wooden spoon would make a great gift tag to give with a set of mixing bowls or the Alpine Cuisine 12-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set available at Heartland America. We have a great selection of small cooking appliances and gadgets for the kitchen that constantly changes so head over and check it out.
I found wood burning really fun and easy. The wooden surfaces in my home may be getting embellishments burned into them sometime soon. 😉
Let me know what masterpieces you create or your favorite pattern on your wooden spoons. Just leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
I hope you are almost done with your Christmas gift making and shopping because Christmas is nearly here. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.