How to Make Your Own Compostable Utensils From Things Around the House

How to Make Your Own Compostable Utensils From Things Around the House

How to Make Your Own Compostable Utensils From Things Around the House

Making your own compostable utensils at home is a great way to reduce plastic waste and be more eco-friendly. With just a few simple materials from around the house, you can easily create reusable forks, spoons, knives, and more.

Gather Your Materials

The basic materials needed are:

  • Wooden skewers – These will form the handles and structural base of the utensils. Look for round bamboo skewers for a smooth finish.

  • Natural twine/string – This will be used to wrap and bind the skewer. Make sure it’s 100% natural fiber like cotton, hemp, or jute.

  • Beeswax – This helps waterproof and stiffen the twine. Buy beeswax pellets or blocks.

  • Scissors – For cutting the skewers and twine.

  • Kitchen utensils – Use spoons, forks, and knives as molds for shaping.

  • Parchment paper – To prevent sticking while shaping the wax.

  • DowelsOptional – For rounding and smoothing wood edges.

Make the Handles

  1. Cut the wooden skewers to the desired utensil length using scissors.

  2. Shape one end of the cut skewer into a handle by rounding the edges. You can use a dowel wrapped in parchment paper to smooth it out.

  3. Trim the tip on the opposite end to form the utensil head – spoon, fork, or knife edge.

Bind the Handles

  1. Use natural twine to bind the handle area for grip and aesthetics.

  2. Wrap twine tightly around the handle working from top to bottom. Secure knots on the underside.

  3. Apply beeswax along the twine as you wrap by rubbing it directly on the twine. This will help stiffen and waterproof it.

  4. Wrap twine down to the base of the handle right before the utensil head.

Shape and Refine the Utensil Heads

  1. To shape the spoon head, place the skewer on a concave spoon mold. Apply heat from a hair dryer or heat gun to slowly bend the wood into shape.

  2. For fork tines, use a fork mold and bend each tine around the prongs using pliers.

  3. For a knife edge, carefully shave the skewer tip on one side using a sharp knife. Smooth any rough edges with fine grit sandpaper.

  4. Refine the shapes by gently reheating and molding as needed. Let cool completely before removing from the molds.

Finish and Seal the Utensils

  1. Sand any rough areas on the handle and utensil head using fine grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust.

  2. Seal and waterproof the wood by brushing on a layer of melted beeswax and allowing to fully dry.

  3. Your homemade compostable utensils are now ready to use! Wash gently by hand and reapply beeswax periodically.

With some simple skewers, twine, and beeswax, you can make reusable eco-friendly utensils. Get creative with different shapes, wood types, and natural fibers. Reduce single-use plastics at home with DIY compostable utensils!