Etched Wood Spoon Tutorial

Welcome everyone! It’s time for our monthly blogger collaboration, so you picked a great time to stop by! For this hop some great bloggers join together to bring you great projects, and this month’s theme is Christmas in July. My summer home theme is coastal, so I thought why not make some coastal Christmas decor that you can use in warm climates (like mine) or if you live in a coastal location (like me!). Then I just had to figure out what to make! I had a wood spoon and spatulas from Dollar Tree that I’ve been wanting to customize for a while, and my new etching pen came in the mail a few days ago. Boom! This etched wood spoon set and free designs were born (well at least one spoon was)!

Here are the other ladies who are going to join us on our blog hop today. You can check out their projects at the end of the post.

Beverly | Across the Blvd
Gail | Purple Hues and Me
T’onna | Sew Crafty Crochet
Marci | Stone Cottage Adventures

Niki | Life as an LEO Wife

Looking for more Christmas in July? Check out my coastal seashell Christmas trees that I shared yesterday! There are two different designs, therefore tutorials, shared in that post.

Supplies for Etched Wood Spoon (No Dremel? Use the other supplies listed):

  • wood spoons or spatulas
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • free printables or PNG design (mine or one of your choice)
  • etching pen or Dremel

If you don’t have one use:

  • vinyl/HTV or
  • acrylic paint

for further decorating your utensils (optional)

  • acrylic paint
  • twine
  • seashells
  • wood beads
etched spoon supplies: powered etching pen
Supplies for an etched wood spoon: wood spoons or spatulas, scissors, a dremel, or an iron and heat transfer vinyl.
Three wood utensils with the "Seas & Greetings," sailboats, and sand dollars on them and two seashell Christmas trees in the background.

Somewhat Successful Etching

This project was my first attempt at any kind of etching. Why not use Dollar Tree items to practice on, am I right? I was somewhat successful at it. Somewhat. I wish I would’ve filmed it for y’all because you probably got a pretty good laugh at my aggravation with it not being perfect lol! Let me share my first foray into etching with you.

In order to etch my wood spoon, I needed to get my design onto the spoon. I went with the age old carbon copy method. You can use carbon copy paper, but why waste money when you can use a pencil?! Here are PNGs (which are used exactly like SVGs if you’d like to use them with your cutting machine). You can print them all or you can download the individual designs to upload to your cutting machine. That way you can resize them to fit any project you’d like to use them on.

Free PNGs & Printable Designs

For personal use only!

This design is for personal use only, not commercial use. If you’d like to share it with friends or family, feel free to use the buttons at the end of the post to share it with them on social media or send them straight to the blog. Please don’t download this image and give it to multiple people. I’d love to have them come visit the blog! This helps me to keep these free printables, PNGs, & SVGs coming to you for free! Also, the preview image of the design has my logo overlaid on them. That will not show up on your downloaded file. It is there to keep anyone from stealing and printing them straight from Google without coming here. Thanks y’all!

As always, my logo will not appear on your downloaded version of the designs. This just prevents anyone from stealing the designs from Google without coming to the blog. The download with all the designs in one is an 8.5×11 and each designs are all 1/2″ wide to fit the utensils handles.

Carbon Copy Designs onto Wood Spoon

Once you’ve printed your design (if printing), cut them into strips so that you have the one you want to use and/or have one for each spoon.

Scribble on the back of the designs with pencil. I go over mine in several directions to make a buildup of lead on it.

Scribbling on the back of the printed coastal designs with a pencil to buildup pencil lead on it.

Tape the design onto the handle of the spoon.

"Seas & Greetings" design taped on a wood spoon.

Trace over a design with a pencil.

Lift up the design to make sure it’s completely transferred onto the spoon. If not, trace the areas that need it again. If so, remove the paper. Need more of a tutorial for this then for painting the design on? Check out my carbon copy tutorial.

Removing the paper from the wood spoon with the design transferred onto it in pencil.

Trace design with Dremel to create an etched wood spoon.

I just got my etching pen, so again, this was my first go at it. The sailboat seemed like the easiest to do first, so that’s what I got a picture of me tracing. I switched and did the “Seas & Greetings” one right after I completed the first boat. However, I didn’t get a picture of me with the etcher on that design, but it’s the same thing. You just go over the whole design, pushing down slightly, just like using a pencil. It was so easy, but it’ll take a few shots for me to make the depth the same over the whole thing lol.

Going over a sailboat design with an etcher on a wood spoon.

Paint the Design

I decided to make my “Seas & Greetings” design more visible on the etched spoon with a little bronze paint. I didn’t go as deep with this etching since I wanted to add paint, so you can see some lead left.

After painting, I erased any lead you could still see.

Erasing pencil marks from the etched wood spoon.

You can do this exact same process minus the etching pen. You can carbon copy the design, then paint the spoon. That was the technique I used on the sailboat and sand dollar spatulas. My patience was tested too much with the first spoon!

Three wood utensils with the "Seas & Greetings," sailboats, and sand dollars on them.

Other Option: Vinyl

You can also use HTV or regular vinyl on the wood utensils. I cut and ironed aqua HTV on the sailboats and anchors on another spoon. It worked like a charm. I got a picture of me laying the wax paper over the design, but not the finished project. The pictures are way too dark with shadows (it’s almost midnight, the light is long gone), so tomorrow I’ll add a finished picture.

Wood spoon with aqua anchors cut from HTV and placed on it with wax paper laid on top of both.

Embellish the Set (optional)

I jazzed up my set of utensils a little by lying them on top of one another and securing them together with twine.

Twine attaching 3 wood utensils with coastal designs on them together.

Next, I threaded four wood beads on the tails of twine and glued a seashell on the tied part.

The coastal Christmas etched wood spoon & spatulas are complete!

I think I’ll leave my sailboats and sand dollar spatulas as decor on my stove for the summer, then bring them back out with my coastal Christmas spoon in December! (Keep reading after the pictures to check out what the other ladies on the hop have to share today!)

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etched wood spoon Pinterest image

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Christmas in July Blog Hop

I’m so excited to see what the other ladies on the blog hop have to share! They’re all talented, so I know you’re going to love their ideas! With all of my blog hops, I share their main blog page on the left with their name and the link straight to the project on the right with its name.

Beverly from Across the Blvd. | Christmas In July Dollar Store Plate Decor

Gail from Purple Hues & Me | Tattoo Clear Ornaments DIY

T’onna from Sew Crafty Crochet | Christmas Scarf Hat

Terri from Our Good Life | Garden Plate Flower

I hope that you enjoyed today’s projects! If you’re looking for more Christmas ideas to pin, you might enjoy these (or use the search box in the sidebar):

Christmas fabric trees: no sew, 4 in front of JOY farmhouse sign.
Christmas wood house photo mockup.

8 thoughts on “Etched Wood Spoon Tutorial

  1. This is so cool, Niki! And a great idea for decorating wooden pieces. I’ve never tried this technique before but it’s on my ‘to do’ list! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love the coastal designs you put on these wonderful utensils. As a navy wife, I’d like to see the anchors. 🙂 And “Seas & Greetings” is cute!

    1. Thank you! I can’t take credit for the “Seas & Greetings” idea, but I thought it was so cute. I’m a navy daughter & a law enforcement wife (obviously with the site name lol), so thank you for your & your family’s sacrifice to stand behind your man & your hubby for his service! You are all so deeply appreciated!

  3. These turned out so great, Niki! I love the coastal look. I’ve tried wood burning, but not etching. This is a great idea. Happy to have you joining us for the blog hop.

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