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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

Painted utensils for the 4th of July

Painted utensils for the 4th of July

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

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

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

4th of July fruit salad



Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas


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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