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. Lisa says:

    Got to live a bit dangerously – makes life more interesting. 🙂 “you were first”

  4. Brenda Massey says:

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

  5. Gayle says:

    Gotta love glitz. Neat idea, Karen!

  6. Markus says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. Peggy says:

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

  9. Lynn says:

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

  10. billy sharpstick says:

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

  11. Centi says:

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

  12. Marna says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. Jack Barr says:

    I ‘ll take the caper route.

  15. 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!

  16. Cathy says:

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

  17. Sabina says:


  18. jaine kunst says:

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

  19. Kerrill says:

    Even gold and diamonds are disposable, if you try hard enough.

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. Julie Napier says:

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

  23. 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!

  24. Laura Olin says:

    Ha! ❤️❤️❤️

  25. 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.

  26. 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….?

  27. Michelle Fripps says:

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

    Love your posts!!

  28. Kris says:

    So clever, and funny post as usual!

  29. 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…

  30. Gael says:

    Completely adorable truck is in the previous post!

  31. 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!

  32. Nicole Sparks says:

    I don’t think they’re safe for the composter… 😉

  33. 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! 😀

  34. Karen says:

    Plus bamboo is faster growing so you’re set. With all the time saved you might want to consider making your own beads. ~ karen!

  35. Karen says:

    You bet! ~ karen

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. Karen says:

    Well thanks Brenda. 🙂 ~ karen!

  39. 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!

  40. Karen says:

    What sane person wouldn’t? ~ karen!

  41. sarajane says:

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

  42. Karen says:

    You can see more of the truck in my last post, my Christmas House Tour. 🙂 ~ karen!

  43. Karen says:

    I think that’s an excellent idea. ~ karen!

  44. Karen says:

    LOL. Way easier than restringing. ~ karen!

  45. Laura Kanai says:

    Thank you, Gael! Serves me right for missing a post.

  46. Laura Kanai says:

    Freaking adorable! And I love the trees in the bed. Sorry to disrupt the current commenting stream, I vow to keep up with your fabulous posts from now on. And I do love the toothpick idea as well!

  47. shoshana leeder says:

    Not now, but tomorrow when my cooking, picture taking grandson arrives. Wait for it!!

  48. Amy Watson says:

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

  49. Amy Watson says:

    Damn LOVE the truck…that’s what it should say. Damn phone.

  50. 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!

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