DIY Painted Skewers and Case
Add some flare to your next outdoor BBQ with these painted skewers and handy carrying case! The DIY skewers are perfect for making S'Mores on a bonfire, and make for a creative gift when given in a DIY case.
When you are sitting around a camp fire with family and friends, I am guessing that roasting s’mores and hot dogs is probably part of the equation. If, like me, you have kids, there is usually the inevitable “stick bickering” just before the first marshmallow reaches the fire. Someone doesn't want to look for a stick, someone else wants the biggest stick, you name it -- there is always a stick issue. Who needs that?
To reduce the drama and save time, invest in some wood-handled barbecue skewers and grab some leftover paint to color code the handles. Each kiddo will have his or her own skewer for marshmallow toasting and you will have some peace. You can even craft a handy tote bag to carry them in.
This is a super simple DIY project that also makes a really fun gift. Just add a bag of marshmallows, a box of graham crackers and a giant bar of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate to make the perfect s’mores (or S’Meaches) kit for the next campfire.
- Skewers with wood handles (try online or a sporting goods store)
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Painter’s tape
- 5/8 yard of fabric (I used printed canvas)
- Cooking twine
- >Sewing notions
To paint the skewers:
Step 1: Wrap tape around the metal part of the skewer, just below the wood handle (the tape will keep paint from getting on the metal and make for a cleaner application).
Step 2: Pour the paint colors into individual bowls (you can upcycle Greek yogurt cups for paint bowls) and paint with a brush. Or use leftover spray paint for a quick coat of paint.
Step 4: Repeat with a second coat and let dry.
Step 5: Remove tape
To make the case:
Step 1: Follow this sketch as a guideline:
Step 2: Cut the fabric to 12" X 20"
Step 3: Create a pocket on top/width by folding fabric 3/4 inches over and fold again another 3/4 inch, pin it in place. Sew to secure.
Step 4: Thread 21 inches of cooking twine through the pocket (tie a loop at end of twine and attach a safety pin. with your fingers, work pin to other side of the pocket).
Step 5: Fold the fabric pattern facing in half along the length of the fabric, pin it in place.
Step 6: Sew leaving 1/2-inch hem beginning along the bottom and continue up the side.
Step 7: Sew over the pocket 1/2 inch, be sure not to sew over the twine.
Step 8: Turn the bag inside out. Tie the ends of the twine together in a knot.
Step 9: Fill the case with the paint-dipped skewers, and you’re ready for the next campfire!
Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.Read More »