The ombre madness here at Somewhere Splendid continues! Today, I’m sharing how to kick your barbeque skewers up a notch for a more festive touch. They turned out so lovely, I was thinking they’d be great for any of the numerous pastries and sweets on a stick you see on dessert tables. These are incredibly simple to make and are made with only a few supplies you’ve likely already got lying around the house (and if not, you won’t be out more than a few bucks!).
- wooden barbecue skewers
- glass cups
- food coloring
- paper towels
Fill three glasses with water: the first, mostly full, the second, two thirds full, and the last, one third full.
Choose your colors. The ombre affect here works with semi-transparent layering, so you’ll want to use a base color that can be blended with another color to make the tip color. For these skewers, I wanted a bright blue to fade into a bright green, so I’m using a cyan and a yellow food coloring. Add the base food color to the largest glass, one drop at a time. Since the water will appear darker than it will actually dye, test its color by putting a few drops of the water on a paper towel. Add more color as needed, and repeat testing until you get close to the color density you’re looking for. (Remember that it will also dye slightly warmer than what you’re seeing on the towel because it picks up the color of the wood skewer.)
Repeat the water coloring with the other two glasses. Both of these glasses will use the same secondary color (in my case, the yellow dye) to make the transition to the tip color a little smoother. The 2/3rds full glass should be about half as color dense as the final glass, as shown in the photo.
Dip the barbecue skewers, point up, in the base color glass. Allow the color to penetrate for about 5 minutes, then pull the skewers out and let as much of the excess water drip off as possible. Lightly pat dry the dyed area with a paper towel, and then set the skewers aside to dry for 5 minutes or so (they can be damp to the touch but there should be no excess liquid on the surface). Repeat with the other two glasses. You can also opt to redye the skewers again for a softer ombre; I put the above skewers through this process three times for a very smooth transition between the colors.
When you’ve achieved the look you want, set them aside to completely dry, then enjoy at your next party or barbecue!