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Upcycle Wooden Spoons Into Garden Markers

by LaurettaCWright
Upcycle Wooden Spoons

With autumn officially arriving next month, here’s a unique (and inexpensive) idea on how to upcycle wooden spoons into garden markers.

Having invested in the garden this summer (well, more from VIP's perspective than mine), it's great to be able to come up with a nice little project for encouraging kids to grow their own fruit and veg – and turn it into something of an educational experience.
Well you know, all this time off school and anything to help them grow the grey matter right?!So here it is in step-by-step – how to upcycle wooden spoons:

Step 1:

Buy some plain, inexpensive wooden spoons. I picked mine up for £2.49 from B&M, but you'll find them in most hardware shops or places like Poundland etc..

Step 2:

Paint the spoons (and most of the handle) in different colours, propping each in a glass so that it dries without getting paint everywhere.
A top tip is to use pale colours if you can. When dry, give them a second coat of colour.

Upcycle Wooden Spoons

Step 3:

Decide on what you’d like to grow (see the guide at the bottom for what to plant in August), and using a sharpie pen, write the name of the fruit or vegetable on the spoon

Upcycle Wooden Spoons

Step 4:

Using oil paint if possible, paint a picture of the fruit or vegetable on the spoon and leave until dry.
If you haven’t got a steady hand, you can always print out pictures and glue them to the spoon instead.

Upcycle Wooden Spoons

Step 5:

Give the spoons two coats of varnish to protect them from the elements.
A top tip is to use spray varnish, but make sure the room is well ventilated if using spray – or better still, do it outdoors if the weather isn't too windy!

Upcycle Wooden Spoons

And hey presto! It's as simple as that! Here's a few ideas for what to start planting in late summer which will be ripe for the picking in a few months from now…
      • Carrots
      • Cauliflower
      • Broccoli
      • Spinach
      • Radishes
      • Kale
      • Turnips
      • Leaf salad
      • Broad beans
      • Asparagus
      • Peas
      • Garlic
      • Onions, spring onions and shallots
      • Strawberries
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22 comments

Karen Langridge 23rd August 2019 - 7:44 am

This is such a fantastic idea! They look great too, bringing more colour to gardens too! Will tell my dad as he has a vegetable patch

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:48 am

That’s very kind thanks – it’s nice to be able to brighten up the garden in this unique way isn’t it?

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Melanie williams 22nd August 2019 - 1:48 pm

I love this!! not seen this before and think it is well creative and a fun way to label the garden xx

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:48 am

Thanks Melanie – Pinterest and home interest mags are great for a bit of inspiration – and usually spark off your own ideas too. I’m now into stone art/decoupage!

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Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 20th August 2019 - 9:09 am

Aww these are adorable and a great craft idea for the children to complete over the summer. We’re looking to add more flowers etc to the garden and these will make great additions.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 8:00 am

That’s great to hear Sarah – I’m going to get my kids involved in the painting of some more I think. Call me crazy, but we’ve had a few people comment on how nice they are and I’m thinking they’d make nice gifts for the garden for people’s birthdays and even Xmas.

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Kara 20th August 2019 - 8:43 am

I love this idea. We are growing strawberries and tomatoes so will be doing this with the kids

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:55 am

Ah that’s lovely to hear Kara, thanks! I’m really glad I’ve inspired you to give this a go! x

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Rhian Westbury 20th August 2019 - 7:11 am

These are so cute and a nice way to identify exactly what you’re growing. When we have our own garden I’d like to grow some veggies x

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:58 am

Thanks Rhian – there are mini wooden spoons out there too, so don’t discount them because of lack of a garden – you could make a mini one for your kitchen windowsill – and keep an eye on growing them while the fruit/veg are young and fragile. They make nice gifts for someone too – nothing nicer than a handmade gift!

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Laura Dove 19th August 2019 - 9:16 pm

Oh what a fun idea and really simple too! I love doing things like this for the garden, any kids are obsessed with gardening!

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:54 am

It’s a nice little project for this kids – and you can’t really go wrong with painting wooden spoons can you? Maybe leave the varnishing for the adults though as it doesn’t smell pleasant when it first goes on. Helps keep the spoons looking better for longer though. Also, if the kids (or you) don’t want to paint on the veggies/fruit you can always cut out pics from mags.

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Jenny 19th August 2019 - 8:58 pm

My kids would love to try this craft, they love anything connected to the garden.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:56 am

That’s wonderful Jenny – it’s always nice to come up with new & novel ways to keep the kids entertained isn’t it? Stone art (or rock art) is another idea – have a look at some YouTube videos for inspiration!

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Elizabeth Williams 19th August 2019 - 8:41 pm

Love this idea, I bet they look lovely in the garden. Fantastic way to get kids involved in gardening.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:59 am

They do brighten up the garden Elizabeth, you’re right. And actually, they’ve been a great talking point for when people come over too – it’s nice to get admiring comments. Thinking of doing some more and giving them away as Christmas gifts!

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Sarah Bailey 19th August 2019 - 7:54 pm

This is such a cute idea of something to make and do for the garden! Also, my memory is AWFUL so I totally need to remember where I planted all those veggies!

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:53 am

Ha ha! Yours and mine both Sarah! Especially when the seeds or plants are tiny. I’d never remember what I planted where – I usually leave garden stuff to VIP if I’m honest! But I do love contributing in terms of decor 🙂

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Mandy Doherty 19th August 2019 - 4:11 pm

Love this idea as it always seems a shame to just throw out wooden kitchen tools when they are past their best

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:51 am

Yes! That’s true – a bit of upcycling never went amiss and every now and then we do have to get rid of our old wooden spoons don’t we. For metal spoons another idea are repurposing them as wind chimes – although maybe make sure you don’t annoy the neighbours with them! lol

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kerry 19th August 2019 - 9:05 am

Ohhh I blooming love this! I have just started growing veg, so this has come at a perfect time. I am not sure my artwork will be as good as yours, but I will give it a bash! Fab post Lauretta.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2019 - 7:50 am

Ah thanks Kerry – I know you’ve got your little garden patch going on with mini rocket (which I love), so I’m glad you like them. My artwork wasn’t mine (got to be honest!) it was VIPs! BUT if it were me doing this I’d cut out pictures of carrots from the Lidl mag and decoupage them on – just a thought! lol xxxx

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