To DIY or Not to DIY

Ever since I started the blog I've discovered that I love making things, all sorts of things, all by myself. But every once in a while I wonder if its more expensive doing it myself, or would I end up saving money just buying something already-done. 

For today's project, a Paint-Dipped Cutting Board and Spoon, it is definitely cheaper to Do-It-Yourself. Not only did it cost me less than $8 to finish one cutting board and spoon, but I saw an almost identical set (including a wooden fork) on Etsy for $40. Wait, what?!! There wasn't a question, I had to try this one out myself.

The project ended up being so easy. Here's what to do:

  1. Pick up an Ikea Proppmaatt cutting board ($2.99) and Rort wooden spoon ($1.79)
  2. Tape off the handles of both the cutting board and spoon with painters tape (I already had a ton of this at home)
  3. Paint 2-3 coats on the handles with acrylic paint from the craft store in a variety of colors (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic paint $2.49 each). The Pearl and Satin finishes needed 3 coats while the High Gloss only needed two. 
  4. Wait for the paint to dry, peel off the painters tape and enjoy!

Really, it was that easy! The hardest part of the whole project was removing the label from the spoons before I even got started.

These are so happy, I just love them! They'd also make great gifts, now that its the holiday season.

I hope you try out this super easy DIY. Have fun!