Homemade Holiday Gift Idea: Make a DIY Barbecue Mop

Homemade Holiday Gift Idea: Make a DIY Barbecue Mop

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Ashley Poskin
Nov 10, 2015
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The kitchen magician or grill master in your life will love this handmade, personalized BBQ mop from you! Pair this easy-to-make kitchen tool with a jar of homemade sauce and wrap it in a cute little gift box for a gift that wows!

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What You Need

Materials

  • 100% cotton twine
  • 3/4" x 12" wood dowel (I found mine in a 3 pack at a hobby store, but you can always cut a longer dowel down to size.)
  • 2 zip ties (use clear if you can find them!)

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

1. Wrap the cotton twine around a book or piece of cardboard that is 4"-6" in length approximately 40-60 times.

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2. If you're able to, slide the wrapped twine off the book (or cardboard) and trim both ends so you have 40-60 even lengths of twine.

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3. Lay the twine out in a somewhat evenly thick bundle with a zip tie underneath, approximately 2"-3" from the top of the pile.

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4. Place the dowel in the center of the pile so the top of the dowel lines up with the top of the twine strands. Then, bring the zip tie up around the dowel, spacing out the twine so that it covers all sides of the wood dowel. Tighten the zip ties as tight as they can go.

Tip: Go find the person in your house responsible for tightening the pickle jar lid too tight and ask that person to tighten the ties as well.

For a super secure hold, you could always add a few dots of superglue or a food grade silicone around the area where the zip tie meets the wood dowel.

Snip the excess off the ends of the zip ties.

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5. Flip the dowel over, so the twine falls back and covers both zip ties (think flipping your hair over to blow dry..).

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6. Cut at least a 12" strand of twine and wrap it around the top of the mop twice, about and inch or so down from where it meets the top of the dowel, then tie it off with a double knot. The excess should easily blend in with the rest of the mop head.

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7. From here you can choose to keep it au natural, or personalize it with a monogram or fun little paint job like we did.

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