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Patriotic Painted Utensils | 4th of July Craft

Patriotic Painted Utensils | 4th of July Craft
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The 4th of July is just a couple days away, which means barbecues, parades and fireworks are on the horizon.  If you are hosting or attending a barbecue this week, these painted utensils are easy to make and can accompany whatever food items you plan to serve or bring.

Painted utensils for the 4th of July
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Painted utensils for the 4th of July
Painted utensils for the 4th of July
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Patriotic painted utensils for the 4th of July

Materials to Make Patriotic Painted Utensils:

  • Unfinished wooden spoons
  • Red, white and blue acrylic paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Food safe varnish
  • Scotch tape
  • Star shaped hole punch or tiny star stamp
Painted utensils for the 4th of July
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Painted utensils for the 4th of July

Directions to Make Patriotic Painted Utensils:

  • Paint the top 1/3 of one spoon handle all white; paint the top 1/3 of the other spoon handle all blue.
  • Allow the paint to dry.
  • Cut a small strip of scotch tape in half lengthwise.  Wrap one strip of this tape around the white handled spoon.  Repeat this step to create a pattern of stripes– a white painted stripe and then a scotch tape stripe.  Make sure the tape is pressed down firmly.
  • Paint red over the white stripes that are not covered with tape.
  • When you have completed the above steps, carefully remove the scotch tape.  Your handle should have red and white stripes now.
  • Set the striped spoon aside to dry.
  • For the other spoon– If you have a small star stamp, lightly brush white paint onto the stamp and then stamp stars onto the blue part of the handle.
  • If you do not have a small star stamp you can try this trick:  Cut a small square piece of scotch tape and punch a star out of the center using a star shaped hole punch.
  • Press the tape onto the blue part of the handle and lightly paint white paint over the star shape.  Remove tape.  There should be a white star left behind.  Repeat this step using a fresh piece of tape for each star.
  • You can also “free-hand” the stars onto the handle if you have a steady hand.
  • Allow the paint to dry.
  • Once the paint has dried on both spoons go back and do any touch ups as needed.
  • When the spoons are finished and dry, add a layer of varnish to the handles to cover the paint.
  • Allow varnish to dry and add one more layer.
  • Allow utensils to dry completely.
  • Washing instructions– painted utensils must be hand washed only.
Painted utensils for the 4th of July
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Painted utensils for the 4th of July

I made this fruit salad to go with the utensils– I used a small star shaped cookie cutter to make watermelon stars and then added organic strawberry slices and fresh picked blueberries from the back yard.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

4th of July fruit salad
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
4th of July fruit salad

 

 

Bonnie Thomas

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Bonnie Thomas

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Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature

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One Response to Patriotic Painted Utensils | 4th of July Craft

  1. Aimee Seavey July 3, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    This is such a fun idea! What 4th of July table doesn’t have multiple bowls of sides and salads? Red, white, and blue handles would really add some patriotic flair!

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