5 Minute DIY: Painted Arrow Salad Servers

By Brittni • posted on 11/14/2012

I have a couple of last minute Thanksgiving-related projects I’m trying to finish up before next week and as I get them done, I’ll share ’em here in case you want to recreate one on your own. The first of the projects will only take 5 minutes (not including drying time). So let’s start with that one…

I found these really cool salad servers at Target (from The Curiosity Shoppe – only $10 online) and immediately put them in my cart. I’m not a big salad tong kind of girl, but for some reason I felt like I had to have these. Plus, we’re having a couple of people over our house this year for Turkey Day, so why not do it up? 

I painted each arrow’s fletching (or ‘feather’) for a pop of color amongst the sea of browns and tans with turkey, potatoes, and stuffing galore on Thanksgiving. Here’s how I did it…

Supplies: paint brush, acrylic paint, acrylic sealant or matte medium, sand paper

How-To: Very lightly sand the area so your paint has something to stick to. Wipe away debris and go straight into painting. You can use a primer if you want to, but it’s not really necessary in this case. I painted three layers for each color and used a sporadic color pattern. Seal the paint with an acrylic sealer or matte medium and you are ready to use. Hand wash only.

Do you have any Thanksgiving-related projects you are working on right now? I’d love to know what you have cooking for the 22nd.

Concept, styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff for papernstitch.

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LOVE these!! I featured them today on my blog:)


Sarah @ Just The Bee's Knees

Love the bold colors!


Yes! I definitely see a turkey coma in my future Erica. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


RT @papernstitch: Have 5 minutes? Then you can totally do this mini #diy http://t.co/cZw2jUbS just add paint

(@AndreeaAyers) (@AndreeaAyers)

Such a great personal touch! You could dress up the servers any occasion. I really love the arrow design on them too!

As for Thanksgiving projects… I’m just working on planning the menu right now. Bring on the turkey coma 😉


Thanks Melody. It’s one of my favorite bowls (from Marimekko). Here’s the link: http://usstore.marimekko.com/home-decor/large-siirtolapuutarha-bowl-3.asp


Very pretty salad servers! I also can’t help but notice your unbearably cute salad bowl. I’ve never seen anything like it!

Melody of From Scratch



Thank you Larissa.


This is too, too cute! Such a great way to transform something we use so frequently!

Aleah and Nick

Very cute RT “@papernstitch: Have 5 minutes? Then you can totally do this mini #diy http://t.co/Y1cxy8Mc just add paintâ€

Rainbowsouffle (@Rainbowsouffle)

These are adorable!


I think I am going to have a (small) heart attack cooking this year, but I’m kind of excited about it at the same time. Thanks for stopping by Caroline.


I’m not a salad tong girl either but those are too stinkin cute! Makes me want to have people over for Thanksgiving… except we both know I don’t really mean that. I think I’d have a heart attack cooking for people…

Caroline Winegeart

Thanks Andrea Nicole.


oh cute! those look awesome painted.

andrea nicole
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