DIY Wood Burned Spoons

December 12, 2013

I have been excited about experimenting with wood burning for awhile. And with the holidays just around the corner, I thought now would be a better time than any to practice by burning into wooden spoons. Why not make a few stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts for my foodie friends and family? Not only is it simple and inexpensive, it makes for an impressive and meaningful gift!


Photography shot with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 digital SLR camera. Small in size, enormous in performance.

You’ll need:


Wood burning tools are very straightforward and easy to use. All you need to do is make sure you have the correct tip attached for your design and then plug it in. It does get extremely hot so definitely use with caution and be sure not to touch any of the metal parts with your hands.


I started with the chisel tip for the larger designs. The wood burns rather quickly so, again, err on the side of caution.


Geometric lines are the easiest to do, especially since you’re working on a curved surface.


To switch tips, unplug the tool and allow to cool completely. Screw on a new tip and plug the tool in again. Here I used the pointed tip to easily make polka dots.


Add a bit of design around the paddle of the spoon!


Warning: this is extremely addicting.


You’ll want to make a spoon for all of your friends!


(images by HonestlyYUM)


What can you coat these with to make them usable in the kitchen, protecting the design and the food from staining the spoon? Thank you

I have woodburned some wooden spoons now wonder about something to help protest the design….polyurethane? a wax?
Would love your suggestions

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These are beautiful! My husband makes homemade wooden spoons and I can’t wait to decorate some! Thanks for the tips and ideas.

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I’m wondering where you found your wooden spoons. I did this for Christmas but ran into problems finding a good source for wooden spoons.

I LOVE these- so pretty! I’m sharing this in the hopes that one of my more crafty friends takes the hint and gifts me a gorgeous burned wooden spoon this year for Christmas 🙂

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