With the sunshine and warmer temperatures comes the desire to spend time outside and enjoy picnics with friends. When thinking of picnics, the image of ugly plastic cutlery quite often comes to mind, but fret not, as I have something to share with you that will add a pretty touch to any outdoor meal or even a fun kid’s party. Having been inspired by pastel-striped drinking straws, I decided to paint some wood cutlery in the same way. I hope you like the idea.


here's what you'll need...

  • Birch wood cutlery – available in packs of 5 from www.calicocrafts.co.uk
  • Acrylic paints
  • Decoupage medium or gloss to seal the paint – available from DIY or craft shops.
  • Sticky tape
  • A paintbrush
  • A jar with water and some kitchen roll

Pastel Striped Wood Cutlery

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    I’ve decided to show variations of the “striped theme”, but exactly how wide you want the stripes to be, which colours, and at what angle is entirely up to you.

    First – using strips of sticky tape – mask off your cutlery close to the top on both sides (back and front). It helps to “tuck in” the ends of the tape for when you have to take it off again.

    To create a stripe, mask off a second bit leaving enough space to apply the paint between the two taped parts. If you want to have a white background on the handle, paint it completely before applying coats of coloured stripes.

    Acrylics dry very quickly which means you can apply any further coats within about 5 minutes.

    Tape and paint

  • 2

    After painting in the first stripe, remove the sticky tape. I would advise to stick it to the edge of the table you work on so you can reuse the strips – after all, there’s no point wasting meters of it.

    When the first painted stripe is dry, reposition the sticky tape further down and repeat the painting part in a different colour.

    Repeat until there’s either no space left for more stripes, or you’re happy with the amount you’ve painted.

    I’ve chosen to just place one diagonal stripe onto one of the sets, but it really is up to you how creative you want to be.

    Once all the stripes have been painted on, leave for about half an hour to completely dry.

    Add Some Colour

  • 3

    Apply the sticky tape back at the very top (where the paint ends) to protect the part which will come into contact with the food.

    Apply a coat of the decoupage medium or gloss to seal the acrylic paint.

    Leave to dry for a day before using.

    Protect and Leave to Dry

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    That’s it! I hope you’ll have fun painting these and they will brighten up your outdoor meals. Maybe we’ll even be lucky enough to have a long, hot summer this year…

    Time for a Picnic

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By Carole Poirot on 18.03.13

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6 responses to “Craft Time: Painted Wood Cutlery”

  1. I think this is my favorite DIY project of yours yet, Carole! It’s such a wonderful idea, so thoughtful, original and adorable, the perfect touch for any picnic, or even a random ice cream binge, really :) Thank you SO much for the inspiration, I’m definitely going to give this a try!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  2. Vanessa says:

    These are so gorgeous, Carole! I hope you’ll have a lot of picnics to go to this Spring and Summer.

  3. Hi Ivana, thanks for your lovely comment, I’m so flattered that you feel inspired by my little projects and I certainly like the idea of an ice cream binge ;-)

  4. Thanks Vanessa, I hope we all have lots of picnics and a long summer to look forward to :-)

  5. Anya says:

    You are so cool Carole, love these:)

  6. Ha, thanks Anya! Cool is not generally very me, but I won’t argue with you ;-)

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