DIY Christmas Gift – Casserole Carrier – Interchangeable Sizes
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Happy Thursday! This week is really clicking along, isn’t it? Today is Day 4 of our Bloggers Christmas Series, so that means today is Christmas Crafts! I think our group has already shown how creative they are and today will prove to be no different 🙂 My craft is really a gift that would be ideal for the hostess of your next party. It’s a Casserole Carrier with Interchangeable Sizes.
I’m fairly certain that we’ve all had mishaps with a dish or casserole we were bringing to a potluck or picnic. I remember one time we were on our way to meet family and friends for a picnic at the beach. I was in charge of baked beans. Because of a certain persons driving skills, the pan of beans slid around on the floor board of the back seat and ended up flipping on its side. Friends, I’m here to tell you that the baked bean smell in my car never really did disappear,,,and I don’t even like baked beans LOL.
Anyway…this casserole carrier should eliminate that problem. This is how I did it.
I was fortunate to find a great piece of wood in the scrap bin at Home Depot for just $5.00. It is red oak – very strong and sturdy wood which shouldn’t warp from the heat or so the HD guy told me. It was a bit too long so I sawed off about 10 inches.
I had a piece of pegboard that I cut down to the same size as my pice of wood.
I placed the pegboard on top of the piece of word and marked through each hole of the pegboard.
You need a pouch of pegs which come in a variety of styles and sizes. I purchased two styles and they were each 1/4″ in diameter.
I used my 1/4″ drill bit to bore each hole. This part does get a little tiresome but the drilling does go fairly quickly. Don’t drill all the way through…just enough for the peg to be stable.
I cleaned up the saw dust and used a dark stain on the raw wood. I wanted a richer,warmer tone of wood. I let the first coat dry overnight and applied a second coat of stain the next day.
I found these fabulous arrow handles at the craft store. Aren’t they gorgeous?
I drilled two holes on each end of the board for handle placement. I ultimately decided to use these pegs.
So…here is the completed board. You use the pegs to hold your traveling casserole in place.
…and demonstrated with a medium, oval pan.
The pegs fit snuggly keeping the pan into place. You just place pegs into the board around your pan on all four sides. The pan stays firmly in place – no sliding!
I had this cute jewelry pouch in my stash. It works perfectly to store the pegs and it is cute for gift giving purposes.
No more spills or disasters on my way to our next potluck or party! The handles are also great because I no longer need to bring hot pads to carry my dish. and the carrier is so pretty it the casserole plan can stay on the carrier and be placed right on the table.
I hope you like my Christmas craft – I plan to make several more of these carriers as gifts for family and friends. So…if you are inviting me to your house this holiday season – you have a good chance of receiving one of these casserole carriers as a gift 🙂
Please visit our blogging friends to see what creative Christmas Crafts they have come up with:
Tune in tomorrow for our last day of the Bloggers Christmas Series where we showcase mantels and tablescapes!
This is such a creative idea ladies! I love that you can give as a gift or keep one on hand at home. The arrow handles totally make it. I’m totally crushing on this!
Thanks CoCo! Had so much fun making it. You know that I love arrows and feathers and these handles are a bit of both 🙂 If you play your cards right, this gift could be in your future.
Great job honey!
Ladies, this is such a GOOD IDEA!! On my list of things to make ASAP. Great job!
Thanks Angie – Coming from you , this is a high compliment!
I love love love this! Did I mention I love this?! I’ve always had troubles when required to bring something hot to a party. Now I know what’s on my honey do list for the weekend!
Liz – you are SO sweet! I can’t tell you how many spills i’ve had over the years. I am super happy with how this turned out! Thanks for following along – it means the world to us!
Vicki and Jennifer, Oh my gosh you are amazing and I can’t believe you built and made that. Ahhh mazing!!! I love the pegboard interchangeable idea. Brilliant! I’ve brought so many things and like you have them spill so this is such a fabulous idea!!
Hey Lisa – Don’t make us blush LOL. I did build it with my own two hands…and a drill and some other stuff 🙂 I’ve discovered I really like making sawdust!
This is the coolest carrier ever! What a genius idea ~ and it has style 🙂 You ladies are so clever, I just can’t stand it ~ way to craft!! Bwg ~~~
You’re the best Bobbi! We love to craft and create…and have cocktails 🙂
I’ve never seen anything like this! It’s brilliant AND gorgeous. Love the handles too!
Hey there Amy – Thanks so much! And the handles came from Hobby Lobby:)
I’ve NEVER seen anything like that before! Very cool! You two are so creative!
What a creative idea! I would love to receive something so useful as a gift this Christmas! Thanks for sharing another fantastic idea with us this week.