This past Christmas the kids made all their grandparents and aunts/uncles decorated wooden spoons. The were a big hit with all our family members and would also make a great Mother's Day gift or an end of year teacher's gift.
Our Supplies: wooden/bamboo utensils, acrylic paint, masking tape, stamps, pencil, and foam brush. Not pictured items: Salad Bowl Finish and a clean cloth.
Step 1: use masking tape to mark off tops of utensils, as well as, add stripes/etc.
Step 2: use foam brush to apply paint. We also used the eraser end of pencil to make polka dots and letter stamps to add people's initials.
Step 3: add a second coat of paint if desired.
Step 4: once the paint is dry remove masking tape. Then use a clean cloth to add a fine coat of Salad Bowl Finish to help seal in your art work. This is the same finish we use to coat our butcher block counter tops; it is nontoxic and provides a protective coating against water and food stains.
Step 5: add a second coat of Salad Bowl Finish.
Now your utensils are ready to be wrapped. We found that wine gift bags made the perfect packaging for these.
A few of our other sets. For some reason, I didn't get a picture of our black set, but it was my favorite, it looked really sleek with the wood. So if you are debating what color to use, I vote for black.
If you are looking for a few more kid friendly gift ideas, check out our handprint canvas word art or our foil handprint tiles.