DIY Enameled Spoons Tutorial

These DIY enameled spoons are so easy and fun to make and require no experience or skill. They make a great hostess, housewarming, or engagement gift – or use them to serve this eggplant dip!  No one will believe you did these yourself and the finish on the crackle one, as you can see here, is beautiful and unique!  I’m tempted to try this on a whole set of cutlery!

DIY enameled spoons

I’ve made it in two styles, which I will outline in simple to follow steps below.

DIY enameled spoons – YOU NEED

DIY enameled spoons

For both styles:
Simple stainless steel or similar spoons – I used these.
Topcoat – I used the Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthening Top Coat

For the pink crackle:

DIY enameled spoons
Pink or any bright color nail polish – I used Wet n Wild in Lavender Creme
Crackle overcoat coat – I used  Sally Hansen in Star Burst

For the color block

DIY enameled spoons
Any brightly colored nail polishes. I used Wet n Wild in Lavender Creme, An H&M color I got in store and can’t find online (the deep purple), Jade nail polish in mint (not available online or in any retailers in the US) and Careline nail polish in a deep navy (also not available here). If you want to do similar colors to what I did, here some similar polishes are: OPI Nail Lacquer in Pamplona Purple Sally Hansen nail color in Mint Sprint and Maybelline nail polish in Midnight Swim

DIY enameled spoons – WHAT TO DO

Prep
This will help the polish stick better and go on smooth. Dry with a soft, absorbent cloth. Protect your surface. (If you get nail polish on your surface, you can clean it with nail polish remover). Make sure your work area is well-ventilated.

Apply two coats

DIY enameled spoons

For the pink crackle – apply a horizontal stripe just above where you want it to end (this is to ensure a neat edge). Apply the rest vertically from that stripe. For the color block, start a little more than halfway up. Let it dry in between coats.

Apply a third coat
For the pink crackle this is your crackle coat. Apply a thick stripe covering the original horizontal stripe. Apply a thick layer of crackle vertically as shown. The crackle appears as it dries.

DIY enameled spoons

The top spoon is totally dry, the bottom is still mostly wet. You can see it’s starting to crackle at the base. This is thick you want it to be.

For the color block, only apply another coat if you feel it needs it. This coat should be the same as the previous.

Apply a topcoat
Do this once the previous layers are completely dry. This is especially necessary for the pink crackle. You can also do this for the color block spoons for added durability.

Dry overnight
Give these spoons generous drying time – the time you can’t afford to give your nails!

Handle with care
Care instructions: this is the last detail that I’ve been trying to work out. Hand wash with a soft sponge, mild soap, and lukewarm water

DIY enameled spoons DIY enameled spoons

Variations

I’ve shown you two easy variations. If you’re a bit more bold, try stripes, ombre, or chevron. I’ve done it using a sheer sparkle as well. Post to my facebook page if you’ve tried it yourself – I’ve love to see what you’ve done!

Important:
I’m assuming the nail polish is not made to be food safe. I figure that I handle my food and cook with nail polish on my hands all the time. I do not, however, recommend putting the painted part in actual food. If you paint to the bottom, use it in a shallow food. If you want to use it for tea, or in deeper dips, paint only the tops (as in the case of the color blocked spoons – or less!).

If you don’t like to DIY you can purchase these from my Etsy shop – if you don’t see it listed, just contact me – I may not have posted it yet, or it may be out of stock.

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39 Comments

  1. Awesome tutorial, this is such a cute idea! I’m definitely going to try it out.

  2. Are these dishwasher safe? I like the look but I too need to know if food safe.

  3. Just pinned it and sent it to my sister and eldest daughter (10). We’re doing this; this weekend. I’m a mama of 6 so everything goes in the dishwasher, if it fails miserably,
    I’ll let you know.;D

  4. I have never ever thought of this before, how clever! This would be so cute for a girls tea party!

  5. What a cute idea! I am one of those women who keeps the table “made” between meals with the bowls and plates and such already out almost just for decoration. This sort of spoon would be great to have out for decoration near the tea pot.

  6. Oh my goodness this is awesome! My kids will love this. Now they can personalize their stuff. Great and very crafty idea 🙂

  7. That is such a great idea. I love the crackle effect.

    Michelle F.

  8. Cute idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  9. Love your diy. Feel free to drop by and share it at the party @DearCreatives Theresa

  10. What a neat idea – and easy too! Definitely a craft my kiddos could do on their own one afternoon!

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    OMG, that came out so cute. I love this idea and might try this myself 🙂

  12. What a cute idea! This would be really cute for a birthday party or slumber party as a favor! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. That is something we do not normally see. that is a neat idea to try out one day when the entire family is here.

  14. LOVE this! I’m pinning it!

  15. Very cute idea!! I was also thinking about party favors. Thanks for sharing!

  16. What a cute idea. I love how they look!

  17. Who knew you could use nail polish to decorate spoons! Very different! I’ve also seen some cool tutorials about using decoupage techniques on old spoons. Some people have used them as garden markers.

  18. These are so cute, I never would have thought to do this!

  19. an awesome makeover for our aging cutlery! Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to show this off for the Halloween and Christmas!

  20. Cute idea. I would worry about the nail polish chipping off from constant washing.

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      So far so good… I washed them a few times. I recommend hand washing gently, although I imagine after hundreds of uses it would wear. I use mine occasionally – for special meals, as serving dishes. I imagine if it gets real bad after a while, you can soak the whole thing in nail polish remover, scrub, and have fun all over again!!

  21. I would have never thought of using nail polish to decorate spoons. What a very clever, creative, and cool idea! They came out really cute!

  22. How creative! I like colored themed utensils. I will share this to my mother-in-law!

  23. I can see my daughter wanting to do this. How fun!

  24. It’s a brilliant idea! Many compliments!
    I found yor blog thanks to the linky party of Creative Jewish Mom.
    Hugs
    Sara

  25. Love this idea, wonder if you could stamp letters into it with metal stamps? Wonderful to “meet” you and hope we’ll be seeing more of you at craft schooling Sunday!

  26. What a great idea! It’s so easy to make some amazing-looking spoons!

  27. how did you get the nail polish to look so….so….perfect? There aren’t any brush strokes and it looks so thick. I thought maybe you dipped them into a cup of paint, but that would be a TON of nail polish!

    • [email protected]

      Hehe. When you put polish on your nails, you have to worry about it drying fast.. with this, you can put it thick, so there are no brush strokes, and allow it to dry overnight…

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