When it comes to roasting marshmallows, don’t waste time searching for sticks. Keep each person’s color-coded skewer in one handy tote, ready for the next campfire. It’s simple with our easy DIY painted skewers and case instructions!

Use acrylic or leftover spray paint to paint the wooden handles of barbecue skewers that can be purchased online or at sporting goods stores. Tape the metal part closest to the handle to ensure no paint gets on the skewer itself.

Use a different color for each skewer for easy identification and prop each skewer up in a bottle or tall jar to dry. Make sure you have a place to store your skewers by using scrap fabric or canvas to create a case.

You’ll need a 12″ x 20″ piece of fabric. Follow our instructions to create a pocket and hem the edges. Cooking twine makes a sturdy drawstring to keep the painted skewers in place.

You’ll be so pleased with the results that you may want to make several as gifts! Add marshmallows, graham crackers, and a giant bar of chocolate to make the perfect s’mores kit for that next campfire.

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DIY painted skewers instructions


DIY painted skewers instructions
  • skewers with wood handles
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • painter’s tape
  • 5/8 yard of fabric (we used printed canvas)
  • cooking twine
  • sewing notions
  1. Wrap tape around metal part of skewer, just below wood handle (tape will keep paint from getting on metal and make for cleaner application).
  2. Pour paint colors into individual bowls (upcycle Greek yogurt cups for paint bowls) and paint with brush or use leftover spray paint for a quick coat of paint. Prop skewer in tall jar or cup, handle up, to dry.
  3. Repeat with second coat, let dry.
  4. Remove tape.
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  1. Follow sketch to the right as a guideline.
  2. Cut fabric to 12″ x 20″.
  3. Create pocket on top/width by folding fabric 3/4″ over and fold again another ¾”, pin in place.
  4. Sew to secure.
  5. Thread 21″ of cooking twine through pocket (tie loop at end of twine and attach safety pin, with fingers, work pin to other side of pocket).
  6. Fold fabric pattern facing in half along length of fabric, pin in place.
  7. Sew leaving ½” hem beginning along bottom and continue up side.
  8. Sew over pocket ½”, be sure not to sew over twine.
  9. Turn bag inside out.
  10. Tie ends of twine together in knot.
  11. Fill case with paint dipped skewers and you’re ready for the next campfire.
Kids won’t battle anyone over which stick to use for marshmallows. Our painted skewers have a different color for each person!