Painted Bamboo Utensils: Gifts for Teachers and Caregivers

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I’ve been spotting this latest trend all over the blogosphere… it seems that all wooden utensils are getting a facelift by us DIYers… and why not!  It’s about time they received some love too!

So with five end-of-year teacher and caregiver gifts required, I jumped on the painted wooden utensil band wagon.

La gang à Nat: Painted Bamboo Utensils

I found these cute bamboo spoons at the downtown Dollar Store.  I was scratching my head trying to think of an original way to wrap them up when my friend Lucie came through for me by suggesting I place them in these pot holders, also from the Dollar Store.  Thank you Loulou!!!

La gang à Nat: Painted Bamboo Utensils
La gang à Nat: Painted Bamboo Utensils

This project couldn’t be simpler.

Here’s what you need:

* wooden utensils (mine are bamboo)
* pot holders
* various acrylic paint colours
* sponge brush
* water-based interior gloss Verathane
* whole puncher
* gift tags

Here’s what you do:

1. Tape off.

La gang à Nat: Painted Bamboo Utensils

2. Paint with white acrylic paint and let dry.  Apply second coat if necessary and remove tape before the paint dries to avoid peeling paint. (Trust me on this one!!)

La gang à Nat: Painted Bamboo Utensils

3. Tape off an inch or so higher than the previous line.  Paint with second colour and let dry.  Apply second coat if necessary.  Remove tape before paint dries.

La gang à Nat: Painted Bamboo Utensils

4. Brush two coats of water-based Verathane all over painted area.  Let dry.

5. Once completely dry, wrap up the bamboo utensils with the pot holders using twine to keep the little package all nice and snug.

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Don’t you just love the gift tags?  They’re designed by Amy Moss at Eat Drink Chic.  They’re so adorable and completely free! Click here to find them.

And as the five teachers and caregivers are all francophone, the “Bon appetit!” is perfect!  Merci Amy!

  La gang à Nat: Painted Bamboo Utensils

So there we go… a quick and thoughtful gift for the teachers and caregivers in your life.  Alix was quite proud to be gifting them!  Total cost?  Aside from the paint and Verathane, which I had left over from other projects, under $10!

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Ginger from Gingerly Made has featured my bamboo utensils!  Thank you so much Ginger!!

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Great news!  Kelly from the Smart School House is featuring my project this week!  Check it out here!
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Just heard… Brandi from The Creative Princess has chosen my bamboo utensils as her project of the week.  She recreated her own set of painted utensils and did a fabulous job.  Go check it out!!!
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I’ve been featured by Julie on…. White Lights on Wednesday!!!

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Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts is featuring my little project.   Check it out!

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2 thoughts on “Painted Bamboo Utensils: Gifts for Teachers and Caregivers

    1. Shauna, thank you so much for your sweet words. And thank you as well for promoting my post on G+! I was very touched by that…

      I wish you Happy Holidays!!
      Natalie
      XX

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