Here’s a funny story.
Once, in a land far, far away, during a dark and stormy night, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times. A little woman named Karen, got herself 4 little red hens, because she always, always wanted to have her own chickens so she could gather her own eggs. She built them a house made out of sticks that would protect them from the big, bad wolf, and she fed them a trail of bread crumbs. In other words, she poured her whole fairy tale life into making sure she had happy hens and fresh eggs, struggling night and day, with God as her witness she would never go hungry again.
Even though she didn’t really like eggs.
The moral of this fairy tale is that Karen is a whack job and she’s fine with it.
I like eggs as an ingredient but I don’t really like eggs on their own. Like the thought of eating a hard boiled egg makes my face screw up into something resembling an anus . I don’t eat sunny side up, over easy, soft boiled or poached. Unless it’s Eggs Benedict prepared by someone who really knows what they’re doing (I am not that someone) I eat scrambled eggs and scrambled eggs alone.
So the truth is out that I have chickens not for their eggs but for secret voodoo reasons.
Having said that, I understand there are many of you who do enjoy a nice hard boiled or soft boiled egg every so often. And YOU may even know other people who enjoy such things.
Which makes today’s DIY gift idea perfect. Some people make rules about only giving handmade gifts, or there are those of you who only like to give handcrafted presents because you’re caring and thoughtful and don’t buy into the whole commercialism of Christmas. I, personally, embrace the commercialism of Christmas. But I like to give or get a DIY gift as well.
And this year one lucky family member of mine will be getting this set of 4 DIY egg and toast holders. I just haven’t decided which lucky family member yet.
It is for all of you, you egg loving fiends, that I have this DIY eggcup you can make in about 10 minutes for about 10 dollars. Actually you can make about 10 of them for about $10.
*10 minutes is a generalization based on someone who is comfortable with tools, cutting, drawing straight lines and is referring to how long it takes per eggcup.
Materials (for 5 egg and toast holders)
1″ x 6″ x 4′ piece of pine
- Cut board into 5 lengths of 9″.
- Mark each board at 5″, 2.5″, 3/4″ and 3/4″.
3. Using a 1 3/4″ hole saw drill 2 holes into the 2.5″ section of the board.
4. Cut along each line. Cut directly on top of the line, not to the left or to the right of the line. On top of the line. If you aren’t accurate with your cutting you run the risk of ruining everything and living out your life in a van down by the river.
5. Squeeze a bunch of wood glue onto the back of the egg holding portion and the two smaller pieces.
6. Align the egg holder and the two thinner pieces on top of the largest piece of wood and clamp it down until the glue dries.
7. If you don’t have clamps, don’t worry about it. Books to the rescue. Just weigh the egg holder down with anything hefty. Like your hydro bill for instance.
10 minutes, $10, 10 gifts. The fairytale ending to your DIY gift giving dilemma.