The Perfect Gift: Personalized Roasting Sticks for Father’s Day

June 6, 2012

Hello, Friends! I’m delighted to introduce a new column today. It’s called The Perfect Gift! The column will feature great ideas for gifts you can make for every occasion. We’ll start with Father’s Day, and cover things like housewarming gifts, graduation gifts, holiday gifts, hostess gifts, coach gifts, etc. — and even include ideas for wrapping up the gift!

Why gifts? Great question! Turns out the number one topic I receive questions about is gift ideas. What should I buy for my mother in law? What’s appropriate for an end of year teacher gift? That sort of thing. And I love coming up with great answers! So I hope this new column will be helpful, useful and inspiring.

For the debut post, I asked Miranda of One Little Minute to come up with something perfect for Father’s Day. I love her idea! Take a look. — kisses, Gabrielle


Nothing feels more like summer to me than roasting marshmallows around a fire pit, then using those perfectly toasted mallows to create gooey s’mores. I spotted these simple wooden-handled roasting forks, and thought they would be wonderful items to personalize for each member of the family. Tied up in a simple paper bag with some s’more fixings, they make the perfect gift for Dad. Include a reservation for a night at Dad’s favorite campground and it turns into the best gift ever!


To make your own you will need:
- wooden handled roasting sticks (I found mine in the camping section at Wal-Mart)
- a scrap of denim
- a permanent fabric pen
- pinking shears or scissors
- a 1/4″ eyelet set and hammer (found at any craft store)
- one small picture hanging screw eye for each roaster (found at grocery, craft, or hardwares stores)
- twine

1. Write the names of each of your family members onto the denim with a permanent fabric marker. Practice until you are satisfied with the handwriting.

2. Choose your favorites and cut out around them with pinking shears or scissors (with pinking shears you’ll get a little less fraying) leaving a little extra fabric on the left side of the name for the grommet.

3. Use the fine point of scissors to make a small hole where you want the eyelet.

4. Slide the grommet through the hole, with the rounded side face-up

5. Follow the instructions on the eyelet package, and place the rounded end face down onto the tiny anvil.

6. Place the eyelet tool on top of the eyelet and hit with the hammer, setting the eyelet in place.

7. Using your fingers, screw one screw eye into the center bottom of each of the roasting sticks. If the wood is too hard, use a pair of pliers to help.

8. Cut a 5″ length of twine for each of your name tags.

9. Thread the twine through the name tag and screw eye

10. Tie into a knot.


11. To make a pretty gift,  put a bunch of of marshmallows into a cellophane bag, re-wrap a few chocolate bars in plastic wrap, and use one pre-packaged stack of graham crackers.

12. Line the treats up in the bottom of a kraft lunch bag, with the chocolate and graham on either side of the marshmallows to balance the weight. Stick the roasting forks between the crackers and the marshmallows, and tie the bag with twine. You’re done!



This is such a fun way to make your campfire a little more special. I wish you all a wonderful and s’more-filled summer!

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THIS IDEA WOULD ALSO BE GREAT FOR:
- A family reunion
- A trip to the beach with friends
- Favors at an outdoor wedding or birthday party

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah June 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

very cute! in our case i would need/want to build a backyard fire pit to go with it!

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2 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) June 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

This is a fantastic idea! So cute!

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3 The Sleepy Time Gal June 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

Such an adorable idea. I love that it is simply denim.

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4 Lindsay - ShopEllaLou June 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

I’m so excited about your new column, Gabby! I’m sure it will be full of wonderful inspiration like everything you share on Design Mom.

And, these s’mores sticks are too much fun! I’d love to pair them with homemade marshmallows an graham crackers (so, so much better than store bought!!).

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5 My Traveling Troop June 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

Oooh! Great idea! My family loves bonfires, but we always use our friends’ roasting sticks. I think this will make a perfect father’s day gift for my hubby. Shhh! Don’t tell him! :)

Cheers,
Kristina

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6 Andrea Howe June 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

Great job Miranda! I love this idea :) I admire your talent!

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7 The New Diplomats Wife June 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

will love to see future gift ideas and this turned out beautifully. i would pack it up for my own beach house if i had one!

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8 nicole @ deliajude June 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

this could be a great gift for “date night” for newlyweds or for an anniversary gift!

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9 Traveling Mama June 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

Too fun! I love this idea!

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10 how2home June 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

my oh my! this is such a fun idea for fathers day. Great post! the table cloth that you used would be adorable for a father’s day DIY picnic, with prepared sandwiches, fruits etc from home made by the kids…that’ll be amazing! what are your plans for father’s day with your family?

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11 Gina June 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I love how stylish, useful and easy this is gift is! My favorite kind of present. Adorable. Thank you for sharing!

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12 Miranda June 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I always feel a little bit like a movie star when I see my projects on your blog. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share!

And feel better!

xo

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13 Chris June 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Though I haven’t yet ordered (but will within the next few days), I think my new fav. gift idea crossing the range of closest friend to that person I don’t know terribly well is —a college course. Crazy sounding, but check this out:

http://www.ordergreatcourses.com

They are even having a mega sale right now of 80% off until June 28!

I’m so excited about a few of the courses that I’m planning to order for my husband, myself and our oldest child…all under the title of “Father’s Day!”

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14 Jessica Autumn June 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Cool idea. Simple yet very innovative :)

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15 Natalie - Confetti Diaries June 7, 2012 at 4:03 am

This is a wonderful idea for dad’s and a barbeque. They would also make a lovely hostess gift. All you need to add is the s’mores ingredients!

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16 Tara Jane June 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

Great idea. The thermos is incredible, do you have the source?

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17 ALICIA October 30, 2012 at 2:47 am

UN BLOG PRECIOSO !!!!!!!!!!
ME GUSTARON MUCHAS COSAS.
SALUDITOS

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