Whip up delights for your favorite foodies with this creative gift that they'll eat right up.
One French rolling pin equals two perfect-size muddlers. Make one for yourself and you can give the other as a handmade gift. A chic gold "handle" and pretty purple beet stain makes this muddler display-worthy on any bar or bar cart.
Using the miter box or chop saw, cut the rolling pin to about 8-1/2 inches long. French rolling pins vary in length from 18- to 21-inches, so even if you are making two muddlers, there should be a small piece of wood leftover. Use 150-grit sandpaper to smooth the cut edge of your muddler. Follow with 220-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the entire surface, then sand with 400 grit until very smooth.
To make the stain, cut three medium-size red beets into 1-inch pieces, place in saucepan, cover with about 2 inches of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for an hour. Blend resulting mix until it's a thick slurry, then pour beet pulp through a fine-mesh strainer. Let cool. Apply the beet liquid to the wood with a foam brush, saturating the cut end's grain. Allow to dry for at least an hour, then sand with 400-grit sandpaper. Reapply stain to achieve desired color. All wood reacts differently, so use the piece you cut off to test the beet stain before applying to the muddler.
Wrap painters tape around the muddler where you want the painted handle to start. Apply an even coat of clear matte medium over the surface you will paint. Apply four or five coats of metallic acrylic paint with a foam brush, allowing dry time between each coat. Remove tape and seal entire muddler with Boo's Blocks Mystery Oil. Allow to dry overnight, then apply a coat of Boo's Blocks Board Cream.