DIY cocktail picks with black beads


I have no idea how I’m going to con you into thinking this DIY requires an entire blog post to explain it to you.  But I shall try.

  1.  Plant a birch tree.  Any size will do.
  2. Allow tree to grow for 5-10 years.
  3. Cut branch off of tree.
  4. Whittle birch branch down to size of toothpick.
  5. Repeat 40 X.
  6. Get caught up in a costume jewellery theft ring.  Gain their trust. Get invited on caper.  Run off with all the loot.
  7. Thread necklace beads from the caper loot onto bespoke toothpick.
  8. Enjoy.

DIY fancy cocktail picks

DIY cocktail picks with black beads

And just like that, with a mere 10 years of very light work, you have a sassy appetizer/cocktail toothpick.

Or, if you’re extremely … and I mean exceptionally lazy … you could buy a container of toothpicks, buy a $1 costume jewellery bracelet at the dollar store and call it a day.  People will talk about how lazy you are, I’m sure you know that.

If that is the route you choose to go –  here are your instructions.

DIY cocktail picks materials list

  1. Open toothpick container.
  2. Cut apart dollar store necklace or bracelet and let the beads fall off.
  3. Shove one of the beads onto the end of a toothpick.
  4. Done.

DIY cocktail picks instructions


pearl tipped toothpicks

diy cocktail picks

I know. You can’t fathom how I do these complicated projects PLUS work all day PLUS keep my hair so shiny.  The struggle is not only real it’s discussed in many scientific papers.


chic cocktail picks

I don’t know why I love these things so much but I do.  It may have to do with the fact that by this time of year I’m more and more interested in activities that can be accomplished with a maximum of 3 firing brain cells, one of which is focused on a cheesy made for TV Christmas movie.


diy cocktail picks

If you’re worried about the beads falling off during use at your highly sophisticated cocktail party just dab a bit of wood glue onto the end of the toothpick before shoving the bead on.


pearl tipped cocktail picks

If your beads shove down further on the toothpick than the tip, then that’s where to dab the glue. Duh.


diy fancy cocktail picks with beads

Thinking back on it, it really is a good thing that I ran you through this in a blog post.  It was more difficult than I realized now that I’ve typed all the instructions out.  Remember the steps using this handy seasonal acronym:


Find Instagram Scrabble Hanging Goo Under The Spaghetti

That might not seem like it makes a lot of sense to you right now but that’s just because it’s December and you’re only running on 3 brain cells.




  1. Julie says:

    This is one of those “I can’t believe I have never done this before” posts! Those are really cute! But I’m sticking to my gramma’s antique cocktail swords. Probably made of lead but that adds a certain…ummm..sweetness to the appies 🙂

  2. Lisa says:

    You made me snort my coffee! A good thing on Hump Day. 🙂

  3. Brenda Massey says:

    Oh my gosh…this is GENIUS…and SO pretty! You are seriously one crafty (and amazing) woman.

  4. Gayle says:

    Gotta love glitz. Neat idea, Karen!

  5. Markus says:

    Gaaawd, I’d love to hang out with you for the chance of being around in these moments, of inspiration.

    • Karen says:

      Meh. They’re kind of invisible and boring moments. Mainly I make one of those Home Alone faces and face slaps, then carry on. ~ karen!

  6. Teresa J Richardson says:

    That’s so neat, I’m gonna let that be the next craft I do with my 7 and 5 year old grandkids who think I am the craft queen of the world. Then I’m gonna let them stab them into the cheese cubes and olives and anything else edible they want to for Christmas eve. I think I will even use red and green beads….Thanks Karen. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Teresa! And yep, it’s a great project for kids. I mean unless you’re going to go the whole “grow a birch tree” route. ~ karen!

  7. Peggy says:

    These are really cute!
    I’ll bet people will ask if they’re disposable!

  8. Lynn says:

    So cute so easy just what is needed at this time of utter chaos.
    Thank you Karen 🎄☃️❄️

  9. billy sharpstick says:

    That’s harsh. You know we can’t grow birch in Florida. But we got bamboo.

  10. Centi says:

    Cute idea! Plus, you can use the beads again and again…

  11. Marna says:

    Wow, so cute! Great idea, you are so crafty! Thanks 🙂

  12. shoshana leeder says:

    I love this!! Love it love it love it. Yes, it’s complicated but completely worth the time & effort. Now, to find a way to get latkas to fit! If not, I’ll think of something else to stab!

    • Karen says:

      Teeny, tiny (probably really burned so they don’t fall apart) latkes! Perfect. Hey. Now I’m wondering if you could do tiny latke appetizers. Why not!! With a little dollop of sour cream on top and a teensy bit of minced chive. Do it. Do it now. ~ karen!

  13. Jack Barr says:

    I ‘ll take the caper route.

  14. Susan Claire says:

    This would be perfect for a gift exchange or stocking stuffer. Make two dozen, put them in a shot glass, tie a ribbon around it and voila! A gift that looks like it came from a specialty shop and cost some serious money. I can’t wait to go to Michael’s and look at all their beads!

  15. Cathy says:

    Now that’s one of you fabulous DIY’s that I may be able to actually do! Thanks, and Merry Christmas.

  16. Sabina says:


  17. jaine kunst says:

    You are brilliant! That is the classiest little appetizer pick I’ve ever seen!

  18. Laura Kanai says:

    I 💜 the truck! How has no one yet mentioned the truck? Can you post a picture of the truck? You could do a whole other post in this same vein for the Christmas truck! Where to “harvest” the metal, some welding tips, dual purpose use of any leftover birch wood after the toothpick extravaganza for the panels around the truck bed, etc.

  19. Arlene Stopps says:

    So cute! And I thought the coloured cello-end tooth picks were “fancyl! Duh!!
    Really funny post! You put a smile on my face first thing in the morning…now that’s really an accomplishment!

  20. Julie Napier says:

    I am in awe, all that whittling, a heist and glue and you are still able to maintain a perfect manicure!

  21. Chris says:

    This blog runs contrary to the old warning ‘Do not drink and blog’ aka ‘Don’t nog and blog’. I love the picks!

  22. Laura Olin says:

    Ha! ❤️❤️❤️

  23. Carol Hogan says:

    I have to agree. This is genius and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. But then I also don’t know why I didn’t think of the pet rock, jibbitz for crocs, Silly Bands, Fifty Shades of Grey or Velcro.

  24. Eileen says:

    Ditto on snorting the coffee.
    I’ve been working on the birch tree since I bought my house…now to hook up with the caper crew…I wonder if I can find one through Craigslist….?

  25. Michelle Fripps says:

    I’ve always wondered what to do with that old birch tree out back 😆

    Love your posts!!

  26. Kris says:

    So clever, and funny post as usual!

  27. MaryAnn Behrens says:

    LOLOLOL! That was hysterical. But now I feel like such a big boob for having purchased (yes, with hard-earned cash) cocktail picks just like these but not half as cute. You are my shiny-haired hero. Carry on…

  28. Mary W says:

    OK, I have a birch tree seed planted and I only used one brain cell. Boy do I feel productive! It makes me want to get up and lay out my toothpicks just in case a necklace falls apart. You are a genius! Typing this has used up my energy, Bye!

  29. Nicole Sparks says:

    I think I have a few necklaces that fell apart that I was waiting on motivation to re-string. You know what’s better than motivation? Cocktail picks! 😀

  30. sarajane says:

    I am revising my Christmas Eve appetizer plans, just so I can make and use these picks!

  31. Amy Watson says:

    I wanted a truck. But all I could find was a vw. Dang live the truck

  32. TucsonPatty says:

    Dang. I love these. I *will* be making these for the party Sunday evening! Fondue forks will be used for the stuff needing lo-o-o-ng skewers for dipping, but the Bacon Wraps will look good with some bling! I’ll add the bling after the baking, so as to not dirty the jewels! (Or melt the jewels!) I am still trying to figure out FISHGUTS, though. I don’t instagram, but I do Scrabble and I do also do goo, and spaghetti. But — Find Instagram Scrabble Hanging Goo Under The Spaghetti has me baffled! ; ) I did snort quite a lot BTW!

  33. Jackie says:

    What a cute idea. You seem to do more with 3 brain cells that a lot of people these days. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Wow!…you just really amaze me sometimes Karen! lol

  35. Gigi says:

    Noticed you changed your black polish for red! Never have I seen that color on your nails before. Quite festive.
    Just wondering, did you weed some longtime followers out ? I keep having to resign up for blogposts by going into an old post I saved to my phone (making of cheese/bread boards).

    • Karen says:

      HI Gigi! Nope, I haven’t done anything. I checked and my mailing service says you unsubscribed in June. I’ve sent you another confirmation email so click on it and you’ll be resubscribed. ~ karen!

  36. Denise B says:

    I’ll be schlepping to the dollar and/or craft stores today so I can try this for tonight’s NYE party.

  37. Heather says:

    I’m a little late to the party but I’ve got to say these are the prettiest toothpicks I’ve ever seen. And your photos are gorgeous! What kind of camera and lens are you using, Karen? P.S. I hope you’re having a lovely holiday. Take it easy but know we miss you.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heather! Ohhhh not a holiday, lol. I’m working on the backend stuff on my blog. 🙂 Updating coding, old posts etc. Just no writing posts or … photography. My camera is OLD. A NikonD40. I need a new one. I can’t remember the lens exactly but it’s a Nikon fixed macro lens. I used to ask what type of camera people used too but the truth is, it’s more about learning how to use the one you have. 🙂 I took 2 college photography courses a few years ago plus had a half day lesson with a professional photographer. Totally worth the money if you can do it. ~ karen!

  38. Heather says:

    Thank you for just saving me a ton of cash! I hope you get to lay down tools for at least a day and just do a bit of wandering about. Thanks, again, Karen!

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