colored skewers: how to make them at home

Colored skewers: this is the perfect, Pinterest inspired BBQ DIY project.

Very easy, very fun and good looking too!

colored skewers

colored skewers methods

I tried two methods.

Method 1

You’ll need:

  • Wood/bamboo skewers
  • Food coloring (gel gives better results)
  • Vinegar
  • Hot tap water
  • A glass or plastic bottle

Fill the bottle with hot tap water, add 1/3 cup of vinegar and ½ teaspoon of the food color of your choice (you won’t get that exact color, because the wood base is not white).

colored skewers homemade
colored skewers methods

Stir and add the skewers. I left them in the bottle overnight, to get more intense colored skewers.

And as I mentioned before, I used purple and got fuchsia, but a nice, girly fuchsia.


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Method 2:

I had food coloring markers: so I simply colored the skewers one at the time. It was more manual work, but it gave me good results, maybe better than method 1.

Let dry very well. Be aware, they could stain food a little… but who cares?


enjoy your colored skewers!


Claudia Rinaldi

Claudia Rinaldi


Digital artisan and curator of the Simposio cookbook series; maker of Gourmet Project, an Italian food, travel and culture blog; and life in Italy relator through the Italian Colors Newsletter. Claudia lives in magnificent Rome. She loves pasta, “melanzane alla parmigiana”, hats, suitcases and airports, Christmas, and books. Her mission is to show you that Italy is so much more than spaghetti and clichés, but a land of endless traditions, flavors, and heritage.

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