Have you ever felt underwhelmed by a birthday gift that you had gotten someone? Everyone else seems to find or create some awesome presents, but you don’t quite have the talent for making personalized handmade gifts? Don't worry! You can still make fresh, unique and most importantly usable presents without being an expert in art and crafts. Try 3D printed gifts, because you don’t need to be a professional to make them yet they include some creative tasks like finding a design, putting the parts together and painting if necessary, so it’s an ideal way to make thoughtful presents that are one of a kind. For example, my mom likes cooking and baking, so I made this awesome magic wand that is actually a powder shaker (for salt, sugar or spices). I think this is a lovely gift because it’s useful, creative and quite personalized.
So, what will you need?
Step 1: 3D Printing
Have a 3D printer at home – just click here to find the model of the shaker. It has three parts (two halves of a star shaker and a wand holder), and you will need to print all three of these items. We have printed 3 models, that makes 9 pieces in total!
If you don’t own a 3D printer, then you can just order the product with a print service on Treatstock. The cost of printing the wand is relatively cheap, and most likely they will have a print service in your city so you can pick it up without paying for delivery. In fact, the price is so good that you could order several wands for yourself and any loved ones that enjoy spending time in the kitchen. The best part is that you can't buy this wand in your everyday store, so it will be unique and extraordinary.
I recommend using PLA material for printing the parts as it is made from corn starch which means it's food safe and also easy to clean. So, on this step, if you order one 3D print, you should have three parts.
Step 2: Sanding
For this step, you'll need to use just a little elbow grease. Take a fine sand paper and work to smooth the areas of the stars where they will connect with each other. This will help the parts to align with each other and allows for a better adhesion with the glue.
Step 3: Gluing the Star Shaker
As I have mentioned, the shaker is made up of 2 halves, so you’ll need to stick them together. It is important to use a non-toxic glue as we don’t want our gift to put someone’s health at risk. Beware of super glue or any other glue you would usually use– they have the potential to be extremely dangerous! The best choice is organic glue or special medical glue BF6. I also tried to use wax and even made my own organic glue from sugar, but they didn’t work out so well:
1. Blue Star (BF6) - almost as good as ordinary glue
2. Red Star (Sugar) - quite fragile
3. White Star (Wax) - total failure
Step 4: Filling and Twisting
Present your magic wand powder shaker! You can fill it with sugar or spices through the hole on the bottom. After this, twist in the wand – so the shaker is ready to sprinkle some magic into the cooking experience. It’s quite big, so there is no need to fill it frequently.
That’s it! Your perfect present and stylish kitchen accessory is ready. Enjoy the baking magic and the reaction of your friends and family!