You guys, I have a really embarrassing confession to make. This DIY handmade gift I am about to share with you today… well, I made these two years ago and just never blogged about them. In my defense, I was pregnant, working part time in addition to maintaining a space at a vintage shop. When Krista invited me to be a part of this handmade gift blog hop, I was like, “heck yeah!” because I already had a stash of these guys made. Let’s backtrack here and pretend that it’s still 2017 when I made these, when the word hipster was trending so much more than it is today, OK? (I was on a wood-urning kick then and also made these wood slice ornaments, which are super cute and easy!) Anyhow, if you’ve been around here a while, you know I love a good pun and am a huge word nerd, so this is what I came up with for my DIY handmade gift: “hip-stir” wood burned spoons. Yes, I went there, and I am that cheesy, and I am proud of it. Because I love you all so much, I actually made a new one this year to add to my collection, just so I could create a little step by step tutorial for you as well as a video of the entire process. Now that I’ve talked these up a bit, the truth is they are ridiculously simple and incredibly easy to make. (This blog uses affiliate links.)
As I mentioned, I created a video for you with all of the steps, so if you prefer video over reading, here is that:
And if you are old school (my hand is up!) and prefer to read a tutorial, the following is for you.
As for supplies, all you need are plain wooden spoons, a brown colored pencil, a wood-burning tool, and super fine sandpaper. I have a simple one like this, but every time I find the link for you guys I get lured by the much fancier models. The basic works well enough and is budget friendly! I bought my spoons at Ikea, but Amazon has a great set of 12 for just over $13, and the best part is they even are listed as “kitchen wooden spoons… puppets.” Perfect. 😉
Now, if you are wondering what that mug is doing there, well, I forgot to get the stand my burner goes on out, and I was being pretty lazy, so I used the handle to rest my tool when I wasn’t using it so I wouldn’t burn my desk. And yes, that is water in there… when it’s cold during the day, I boil water and add a dash of lemon juice to keep myself toasty.
Heat up your wood burning tool according to the manufacturer’s directions. Anyhow, the first thing you want to do is use a pencil to draw a face on your spoon. You want to draw it so that the “chin” is towards the handle so that when it stands in a utensil holder it will be right side up. (I made that mistake of doing them the other way before!) You can use any pencil, but I chose to use a light brown because I knew it would blend and hide the best with the dark brown of the burnt wood.
Once you draw your face, start going over it with your wood burning tool, very slowly, and applying slight pressure as you go. Trust me, this step takes so much longer than you would expect, or at least it took me a lot longer than I expected the first time I used it.
After you are satisfied with your burned design, use super-fine sandpaper to lightly sand off any remaining pencil marks. That’s it! Sit back look your hip-stir lovingly in the eyes, unless of course she’s giving you side-eye like mine is. 😉
As you can see, I created a hip-stir couple, with a large spoon as the male with a scruffy beard, and the more petite one being my female. To be honest, she looks a little more like Wilma Flintstone than a hipster, but at least Wilma was cute.
Now that you’ve checked out my DIY handmade gift, be sure to check out all of the other creative gifts on this hop. I can’t wait to gather some ideas…. homemade gifts are my favorite to give and receive.
Welcome to the third week of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series! Today a group of my blogging friends and I are sharing our DIY Gift Ideas to help inspire you for the upcoming holiday season.
Click on the links below each image to be taken directly to the different posts.
Free Printable Coffee Gift Card Holder at The Happy Housie
White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods at She Gave it a Go
Chunky Hand Knit Hat and Mittens at The DIY Mommy
How to Wrap Baked Goods for Gifts 2 Ways at Modern Glam
Cinnamon Sugar Scrub at A Pretty Life
2020 Free Printable Calendar at Clean & Scentsible
Homemade Vanilla Hostess Gift at My 100 Year Old Home
Coal Rice Krispie Cookies at Life is a Party
Homemade Christmas Potpourri at Cherished Bliss
DIY Wood Burned Spoons at Cassie Bustamante
Mini Bread Loaves for Gifting at My Sweet Savannah
Peppermint Sugar Scrub at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
DIY Wood Slice Holiday Wrath at Jenna Kate at Home
Easy Christmas Snack Mix at This is Our Bliss
DIY Deconstructed Stamped Books at Lolly Jane
Petite Christmas Bouquet at Craftberry Bush
DIY Bath Bomb Ornaments at The Turquoise Home
Gold Detailed Candle Votive at Zevy Joy
DIY Glam Rhinestone Bow Ornaments at Summer Adams
DIY Christmas Centrepiece at Place of My Taste