Are you itching to get your hands dirty and green thumb on? The arrival of spring is the perfect time to get your outdoor space ready for the upcoming gardening season. There are many ways to spruce up your outdoor space, from adding new plants, lighting and furniture, to revamping old features like an old fountain or putting in a new pavilion. But if you’re looking for something more unique than standard garden markers, you should try making these DIY vintage spoon garden markers! They’re easy to make, budget-friendly and a great way to personalize your garden while giving it a vintage vibe that goes perfectly with the current trend.
- Vintage spoons – You can use any spoon and type of spoon, whether it’s a silver spoon or an old wooden spoon. It all depends on the look you’re going for and what type of spoons you have lying around your kitchen.
- Paintbrush – You’ll need a paintbrush to apply the paint to the spoon and make sure it’s coated evenly.
- Tempera paint – You can use any paint, but we recommend using it since it’s thicker and easier to apply.
- Craft glue – Craft glue is the best adhesive on your spoon since super glue can damage the spoon too much.
Marker Making Basics
- Marker base – Make sure the base of your marker is wide and sturdy since you don’t want it to tip over easily.
- Marker length – You want your marker to be as short as possible so that you can get a lot of markers out of one spoon.
- Marker thickness – For the marker to stand upright, you want the marker to be about 1/4″ thick.
Vintage Spoon Garden Markers
Step 1: Find the Right Spoon
- What type of spoon – The type of spoon you use will depend on the look you’re trying to achieve. We suggest using a silver spoon if you want a polished and shiny look. A wooden spoon will be a great choice if you’re going for a rustic farmhouse look.
- Spoon shape and size – You want to choose a spoon about 4 inches long, and the bowl should be about as wide as the length of your marker.
Step 2: Sanding and Painting the Spoon
- Cleaning and sanding the spoon – Make sure it is clean and dry before you sand it. Sand the spoon with fine-grit sandpaper until it’s smooth and has no rough edges.
- Painting the spoon – You can choose any paint, but we recommend tempera paint since it’s thicker and easier to apply than acrylic paint.
- Painting the spoon in sections – We recommend painting the spoon in sections since it will be easier to paint that way. You can paint the handle, the bowl and the end of the spoon.
Step 3: Adding the Lettering and Vintage Décor
- Adding the lettering – Make sure to add your lettering in the same direction the spoon is pointing. If you’re using a wooden spoon, it’s best to use lighter paint color so it doesn’t stain the wood.
- Adding the vintage décor – Decorating your spoon with vintage décor is the perfect way to personalize it! You can use washers, mini flower pots, twine or anything else you have to lie around your house.
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