Christmas came and went so quickly and we , in the ScavengerChic household, were busy, busy, busy.
Each year I get my elves, sometimes known as my sons, working on a project in which they can use their own diy skills to make something useful for all their aunts and uncles and grandparents. I always have liked the idea, that if they would like to receive presents, they need to know the spirit of giving. I’m down to only one busy little elf at home, my other elves are on their own.
I usually come up with an idea and round up the supplies. This years project…Marshmallow Roasting Forks. The idea was simple enough, smooth out wooden sticks and attach a fork at the end for roasting.
I looked into metal skewers that the end could be sawed off (anything over $1.00 is kind of pricey if I’m footing the bill) or he could make his own skewers from metal hangars (supposedly there is something in the wire that shouldn’t be ingested)…it wasn’t until I found these camping forks on an display at Walmart that the project could come to life. These were priced at $1.00 each, my perfect price range. These disappeared at Walmart after the summer but they will probably come back for the outdoor season
The existing handle was easy to remove by giving it a good pound with a hammer.
Sent my little elf, Nathan, into the woods to gather good sized sticks to use for handles. If they already had the bark off, that was even better.
These were then cut down with a chop saw to about an 8 inch length (more or less).
With a palm sander he made those sticks super smooth. If you’re looking for a good stick, his favorite was one with a whole bunch of knots, it had a lot of character.
Once all the pieces were smooth, he drilled a hole in one end about an inch in length slightly wider than the Walmart metal stick.
The sticks were inserted into the drilled holes and glued with Gorilla glue. According to the package, Gorilla Glue attaches nearly everything, and marshmallow sticks are no exception. These dried overnight before going on to the last step…
…varnishing. Nathan used a light colored varnish that let the wood grain shine through. This was light oak Polyshades. Since the wood was so dry, the sticks needed several coats. The nice thing about Polyshades is that it dries quickly.
All packaged up and ready to be gifted. A chocolate bar, a few giant marshmallows and a few graham crackers were all that was needed to complete the aunts and uncles gifts. It wasn’t until the marshmallows were in the bag that we decided that they looked kind of like snowmen. Nathan added the additional features with a sharpie.