Wooden kitchen utensils are a favorite of many professional and novice cooks. Unlike nylon or plastic, they are completely natural and sturdy. With proper care, they will can last for many years. However, they do not add color or real style to the kitchen decorating scheme, even when openly displayed in a unique container such as a crock or a heavy vase. Even homes that are decorated with vintage or rustic style can use a splash of color, especially in the kitchen. Use these creative ways to decorate wooden kitchen utensils, and turn drab spoons into fabulous decor that will add a touch of vibrancy and unique style to the space.
Paint the Handles in Hues that Coordinate with Kitchen Colors
The handles of wooden kitchen utensils are safe to paint if they will not come in contact with food. Use a paintbrush to apply acrylic colors of your choice. If desired, add polka dots, floral designs, swirls, text or anything desired. After the paint fully dries, seal it with clear acrylic sealer. If possible drill a hole in each handle, and store them on wall hooks. Otherwise, create a utensil bouquet in a crock or another sturdy holder by pointing the handles upward.
Use Natural Dye to Enhance Wooden Utensils from Top to Bottom
Natural or food-grade dye is a safe way to color wooden cooking utensils from top to bottom. Soak the unfinished items in berry juice, cabbage water, herbal tea, black coffee or fruit-flavored drink mix for about an hour. Allow them to dry naturally on paper towels. Although the color will change and/or fade as the utensils are used and washed, the hues will last indefinitely. They can be enhanced or changed as desired.
Decorate Wooden Kitchen Utensils with a Wood Burning Tool
Wood burning tools can be used to create countless designs on wooden cooking utensils, and the handles are a great place to start. The designs can be embellished with colored pencils, and the colors will last through many gentle washings. Practice on cheap scraps of wood to come up with the ideal designs before using wooden utensils. Coloring books are a fantastic pattern source. The images can be drawn on tracing paper and transferred onto the wood. Begin with tiny daisies, text and simple swirls. Advance to paisley designs or more detailed creations such as those pictured. They will turn ordinary wooden kitchen utensils into unique works of usable art.
Source: Professional Home Decorating and Advanced Crafting Experience