Monday, May 6, 2013

DIY Mini Croquet Mallet Food Labels

Buid: mini croquet mallet food labels


Summer is just around the corner and these food labels or table placecards would be perfect for a backyard BBQ or special event.

Pie anyone?



Inspired by Anthropologie's garden markers I spotted in the May 2013 issue of Country Living magazine, surprisingly I was unable to find them at anthropologie.com (or anywhere online for that matter?) so I guess the best option is to make your own!



My version is more of a food label or table placecard but you could forgo the base and use them as garden markers too.


I used all scraps so this project cost me $0 but if you were to purchase the dowels, board and turf (doormat size) the cost would be about $15.  

(The Anthropologie version is $8 each, for a total of $24, and that doesn't include a turf covered stand.)


Here's how to make the mini croquet mallet food labels:

1. Cut wood pieces:

3 - 1x4 @ 3.5"l
3 - 3/8" dowel @ 7"l
3 - 1 1/8" dowel @ 4 1/2"l


2. Predrill a countersink hole in the center of the square base:
(This is for the screw to hold the skinny pole secure, it's optional.)


3. Flip the base over and using a 3/8" bit (to match the skinny dowel) drill ONLY part-way down into base:


4. Using the 3/8" bit drill about 3/4" deep into center of larger dowel:


5. Mask off 1" of both ends using painters tape:


6. Paint center portion two coats chalkboard paint:


7. Once dry remove the tape and add stripes:


8. Stain skinny poles and ends of painted dowels using Minwax Early American:


9. Prepare turf base.
Cut turf pieces with 1" excess on all sides:


10. Hot glue turf to base, fold opposite sides down, clip corners and trim edges then fold other set of opposite sides, clip corners and edges:


11. Predrill hole into center of skinny pole (if using screw for security - optional).
Poke hole through turf into predrilled hole at center.
Apply wood glue into hole and firmly shove skinny pole into hole, give a tap with a hammer.


12. If desired screw the skinny pole in place using #8 - 1 1/2" wood screw - optional.


13. Add top larger dowel.
Again place wood glue down into predrilled hole, firmly place dowel onto skinny pole and push into place, use a hammer to get a good snug fit.


Use a chalk pen to write your words.

7 comments:

  1. OMG, they are the cutest things ever!! Perfect for an outdoor party!

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  2. such an adorable idea for summer parties!!! love this, jaime!

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  3. So cute! I used to love to play croquet with my cousins at family picnics :)

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  4. love this idea, maybe i will create something like this for my car!!
    Thanks
    skinnyfiber

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  5. Found you through 36th Avenue Party Time. Love your blog!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-2.html

    Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier!

    Hugs, Cathy

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