How to Make a 3-D Person Out of a Wooden Kitchen Spoon

Joey, our 10-year old, is in the midst of a fifth grade biography project for which he was instructed to choose a famous person, dead or alive, who has had a positive impact on society, research and prepare organized notes and give an oral presentation about that person, and create a 3-D model of that person.  Joey chose Mark Twain (an awesome choice!), and he’s been working very hard reading about him and preparing notes.  This weekend he and I headed to the craft store with no specific ideas in mind about what sort of 3-D model he might make, hoping for inspiration.

As we wandered the aisles of Michael’s, it hit me out of nowhere: a regular wooden kitchen spoon would be perfect as the body.  And so was born Joey’s model of Mark Twain:



Materials used included:

Wooden kitchen spoon

Cotton balls


Elmer’s glue

Hot glue



Plastic disposable bowl

The photos are pretty self-explanatory; markers were used for the face and some of the details on the clothes, cotton balls for the hair and mustache, felt for the clothes, and beads for the buttons.  Elmer’s glue was used for the hair (cotton balls), and hot glue was used to attach front and back clothing pieces at the edges.  I used a sharp knife to cut an X in the center of an overturned plastic bowl and stuck the finished spoon figure through the hole (like you would a straw in a soft drink) to create the base.  Voila!  The possibilities are endless, really; I’m sure a wooden spoon could be used to create just about any person, and there’s no limit to the materials that could be used for clothing and details.  The whole thing cost five or six bucks – you can’t beat that!

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3 Comments on “How to Make a 3-D Person Out of a Wooden Kitchen Spoon”

  1. Caryl Becker Phillips
    November 13, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    Hmm! That gives me an idea!! Nice one friend!

  2. Isabella
    November 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    What a great idea, I love it!

  3. Rebecca
    February 8, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    We had to make a puppet to resemble Woodrow Wilson for a President report and came across yours, awesome!!! Super easy, inexpensive and CUTE! Thank you for the idea and steps, much appreciated. We weren’t able to find the wooden spoon, finally had luck at JC Penny’s, other than that it was so easy to follow and reference your photo.

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