DESIGN

Make Outdoor Meals S'more Fun

July 05, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBYN RUSSELL

A DIY s'mores station for backyard summer fun!


S’more laughter, s’more love, s’more family and friends. That’s all you really need!


Add an old-school classic to any backyard gathering with a self-serve marshmallow roaster. Arrange ingredients for s’mores in a variety of fun containers and light the Sternos for instant fun.


MATERIALS

  • Three 1x8-inch planks, cut to 4-foot lengths
  • Two 1x8-inch planks, 8 inches long (for the ends)
  • Nail gun
  • 2-inch brad nails
  • Carpenter's wood glue
  • Trigger clamps
  • Antique American stain
  • 2-inch stain brush
  • Decorative stones
  • Insulation or foam peanuts
  • 3 to 6 Sterno ethenol gel cans 

HOW-TO:

  • Lay one 4-foot plank flat for the bottom of the station. Run a bead of carpenter’s wood glue around the edge of the top surface.
  • Place the remaining two 4-foot boards perpendicular on the surface of the bottom board.
  • Use trigger clamps to fix the bottom and sides together tightly while the glue dries.
  • Using a nail gun and 2-inch brad nails, fasten the sides to the bottom board.
  • Run a bead of glue around the ends of the station.
  • Press the two 8x8-inch pieces on the ends of the station and nail them to form a box.
  • Sand the box until smooth and let stand for two hours or overnight.
  • To stain: Shake the stain well and apply using a 2-inch brush. Wait until completely dry and add a second coat if desired.‚Äč

TO ASSEMBLE:

  • Cut a piece of insulation the size of the box and lay it in the bottom, or fill two inches of the box with foam peanuts, to cushion the stones and elevate the Sternos.
  • Place the Sternos about a foot apart and fill the box with decorative stone. Voila! Your s’mores station is ready.
NOTE: Sterno ethanol gel is recommended for use with marshmallow roasting. It’s biodegradable and water soluble.

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