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Wooden Spoon Friends – Todd Oldham’s craft ideas for homemade gifts

These fun-to-paint wooden spoon friends were inspired by Alexander Girard’s beautiful wooden dolls that he handmade for his family in 1963.

  • Unfinished wooden spoons
  • Shoe box
  • Acrylic paints
  • Brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper plates
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler

  • Trace a wooden spoon on scrap paper. Add stripes and facial expressions to your drawing. Use this as your template.

  • Working from the top down, mask off your stripes with painter’s tape and paint. Let dry and remove tape.

  • Complete your spoon dolls by painting a face on each and maybe add a bow tie too.

  • Make a display for your dolls out of a shoe box painted in your favorite colors.

  • Ask an adult to cut Xs with a sharp knife where you want your dolls to stand.

  • After playing with a spoon friend push its handles through the X.

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