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2 Cool Wooden Gifts You Can Make Yourself

Wood is a versatile material that stands out from other items that you might own because of its strength and resistance to any kind of wear and tear. Here are two cool wooden gifts that you can make yourself that will get you the award of "best friend ever."

1. Decorated Wooden Kitchen Utensils

One of the easiest ways to incorporate wood into your gift is to spruce up a wooden item that has already been created and finished. Go online or talk to a custom woodworking company, like Warburton Woodworks Ltd, to try to find a set of wooden cook spoons or other wooden utensils that you love. Purchase seven of them, and then go to a craft store. Purchase a paint for every color in the rainbow or purchase seven different shades of one color. Either will work well. Purchase a paintbrush if you need one.

Once you are home, lay down a sheet of newspaper and pour the first color of paint that you've purchased into a small dish. Take a piece of masking tape and place it all the way around the handle of the wooden smooth, about four inches up from the bottom. Try to make the tape as straight as possible. Then, dip your paintbrush into the paint and paint all the way around the bottom part of the spoon.

Take a bunch of old, hardcover books outside and clamp the rounded part of the spoon between two of the books so that the handle isn't touching anything. Wait until the spoon dries and then remove the tape. You will have a beautifully painted spoon handle. Do this for the other six spoons.

2. Wood Pencil Block

Another option is to make a pencil block for your friend's desk. Go to a lumber yard or other location and ask them for a block of wood that is four inches wide, six inches long, and four inches tall. Take a drill and attach a boring bit that is 1/4 of an inch. Make several holes at the top of your block of wood that are three inches long. Try to leave at least 3/4 of an inch between each hole to make sure that there is enough room for your friend to grab a pencil. Finally, decorate the block with paint markers, actual paint, glitter, and other craft supplies so that it matches your friend's personality.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in custom woodworking. They might have other wooden gifts that you can embellish.