Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mother's Day: For the Mom Who Loves to Cook PART 1

Just when I thought we were entering a holiday hiatus I remembered that Mother's Day is fast approaching-- let the April whirlwind continue. I'm a big proponent of the handmade gift (shocker), and what better holiday than Mother's & Father's Day to make something truly from the heart.  So for the next few days, I'll be sharing what I'll be giving for Mother's Day.  

Have you seen these "dipped" kitchen tools floating around Pinterest and in Target's new line of summer dishes (which I DYING over)?  It was love at first site for me!  You know, one of those sort of wonderfully simple things that just makes something prettier and makes you smile--right up my alley!!

So, these will be part of a gift for the mom in my life who enjoys cooking.  I'm aware that gifts of the cooking/cleaning variety aren't for everyone, and giving a cooking gift on Mother's Day may be flirting with disaster for some, but for someone who actually finds joy in it, I thought these "dipped" cooking utensils would be a great way to add a little bit of pretty to her kitchen and cooking.  (I think I'll also be giving these as housewarming gifts in the future.)

Here's how I made my paint "dipped" cooking tools:
I have to start by saying that I didn't actually dip mine, I painted them.  I didn't want the mess of letting them drip, pouring paint into taller containers, etc., so I just went with the old paint-it-on method.

These were a set from Walmart for $5.00.  (I checked the restaurant supply & dollar store and Walmart actually had the best quality for the price.)

Then, I taped them off--couldn't find my blue tape and masking tape worked just fine (not the case for all paint projects, just FYI).  When deciding how far down to tape, keep in mind what you'll be cooking because if you plan on stirring soups or sauces, you won't want paint touching your food since it's probably not food safe.

I wanted the utensils to match Part II of the gift (this is just a peek), so...

...I custom mixed myself a little paint, to match some of the deeper pinks in the paper, with a red mistint and a little Martha Stewart Ballet Slipper.

Start painting thin coats (I used a foam brush) and keep painting until you get a nice thick finish that looks "dipped".  It doesn't matter what paint finish you use (mine were a variety out of my stash), because you'll be "shinning" them up later.

A little shot of the "process" and all of my little pretties drying.

Now for the shiny part: 

I noticed that a lot of the "dipped" utensils around Pinterest have that really glossy, almost rubbery coating, which I really like.  So to get that glossy finish and and also so they'll wash well (fingers crossed--I haven't actually tried that part yet) I just brushed on a coat of polyurethane after the paint had dried.

See that shine?

But a little warning about the poly: it's DRIPPY so after you brush it on, you need to keep wiping around around the tape until the poly is sticky enough to stop dripping--otherwise you'll have poly on your spoon, which I dare say, probably isn't food safe.

And speaking of sticky, let me give you one final IMPORTANT pointer: the tape needs to come off as soon as the poly is just sticky enough not to drip anymore. Otherwise, it will peel the paint off the spoon and you'll have a messy line.  

Let them dry for a day or two and they're ready to use!

The colors I used (in case you're wondering), from left to right are:
Martha Stewart-Ballet Slipper
Martha Stewart-Bakery Box
"Custom" mix of a yellow mistint & Martha Stewart-Pencil 
"Custom' mix of red mistint & Martha Stewart-Ballet Slipper
Martha Stewart-Sea Glass


  1. I love this idea!! I would love for you to share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" link party.

    Happy Sunday!

  2. SOOOO pretty! I love the colors you used and that you added enough coats of paint that it does look like they were literally dipped in it... I really want to try this at some point in my life (when I get some time, haha)! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  3. These are great!!! Love this idea, what a great way to "pretty up" some plain cooking utensils! Love it!

  4. Love this idea! Adds a little color to the kitchen! laura@imnotatrophywife.com


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