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Wooden Spoon Art

By: Sarah Dorsey, excerpted from Big Style in Small Spaces
Updated May 10, 2021
Wooden Spoon Art
Wooden Spoon Art
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Cooking can often bring sentimental feelings of childhood memories. I love the idea of repurposing old wooden spoons, perhaps from a loved one, into art. I used wood veneer as a backing, but I also love the idea of using old recipe cards too!

Time frame: 2 to 4 hours | Workspace: Small

Materials List

  • Shadow box frame (6" x 14" [15 x 35–cm] shadow box shown; my spoons measured 12" [30 cm] long)
  • Backing material (wood veneer shown; most paper or wood varieties will work well)
  • Pen or pencil
  • 18" (45-cm) metal ruler with cork back
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • X-ACTO knife with #11 blades
  • Wooden spoons (3 shown)
  • Easy-release tape (such as painter’s tape)
  • Belt or orbital sander (optional; if needed to flatten the back of the spoons)
  • Wood glue


  1. Remove the backing from the shadow box frame. Lay the backing material over the shadow box frame and trace the outline with a pen or pencil.

  2. Using the ruler, self-healing cutting mat and X-ACTO knife, line up your ruler and cut out the lines created in step 1 for the backing.

  3. Arrange the wooden spoons according to your desired spacing and orientation on the backing. Using the ruler, mark the center of each point with a small piece of removable tape. (Tip: If your spoons aren’t relatively flat—you will want a ½- to 1-inch [13-mm to 2.5-cm] flat surface for the glue to bond—use a belt sander or orbital sander to flatten a section of the spoons’ backs to provide a surface that can adhere evenly to the backing.)

  4. Apply an even coat of wood glue along the back of each spoon on all parts that will touch the backing.

  5. Line up the spoons on the marks created in step 3. Hold them firmly in place until the glue starts to hold. If needed, place a few heavy books on top to hold the spoons in place while the glue dries. Remove the painter’s tape used to mark the spoons’ placement.

  6. Once the glue has fully cured, insert the backing into the shadow box frame.

Wooden Spoon Art
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