Minimal Monday: Beaded Cocktail Pick Tutorial

making beaded cocktail toothpicks

A fun craft project for the holidays

I’m popping in today to start the busy week with a quick tutorial on making the pretty little jeweled cocktail picks I used for my Drunken Cranberry Meatballs in THIS POST.  I had a lot of fun making them, and I even made a couple of extra sets to give as host and hostess gifts.   You can make these with any random assortment of beads you have around the house, or pick up some at a craft store.  I actually went a little glam and used semi precious beads I had leftover from a jewelry making phase I went through a while back.  But gaudy plastic beads will work just as well for this.  They give a dressed up look to your appetizer platter.

mini cheeseballs with DIY beaded cocktail picks

I used them the other day with with bite sized mini cheese balls.  Roll out tiny scoops of goat cheese and then coat with crushed walnuts or pistachios.  The picks add a special touch, even if you’re just serving cubes of cheddar.

How to make beaded cocktail picks for your next party!

This idea is so easy you don’t really need a tutorial, but here goes:

Gather your supplies:

  • toothpicks
  • assorted beads
  • glue, you can use household glue, or a stronger superglue type.  The stronger the glue the more sturdy your picks will be so I recommend superglue.  But if you are working with children, plain old white glue will be fine.
  • a container of grains like rice or quinoa for supporting the drying picks

beaded toothpicks, drying

Make your picks

  • Dip the tip of a toothpick into the glue.
  • Add a bead to the end.  Glue a smaller bead on top of the base bead.
  • Stand the toothpick upright in a container of rice or grain so it will remain vertical while it dries.

making beaded cocktail toothpicks

Bejeweled toothpicks

I’ve seen picks like this sell for lots of money in fancy little cheese and wine stores, and they’re not nearly as pretty as these.   Hope you have fun!




  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

    So pretty, the perfect holiday touch!

  • Reply
    December 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    This is such a cool idea! I can see dressing up some plastic cocktail stirrers too! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    December 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

    What a fun tutorial! These cocktail picks are wonderful — so pretty! And so, so useful. Good stuff — thanks.

  • Reply
    December 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    you are soo cool! I mean really, honestly you are so cool- I love that you thought to do this. I mean it is creative and fun and beautiful

  • Reply
    Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    December 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I love this idea! And what I love even better is that I have a ton of beads. Now I just have to do it!

    • Reply
      December 9, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Fantastic — you’re going to have such fun!

  • Reply
    December 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    These are adorable and you’re right, they’re horribly expensive in the gourmet shops. Wonderful idea!

  • Reply
    December 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Love these! I could do this. I don’t have a lot of patience for most craft projects but this looks fun and makes them look so festive. I wondered about the toothpicks in the meatball recipe! Very nice!

    • Reply
      December 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      This is a low patience project, Amy, promise!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Bravo Sue! Another fantastic post – these are beautiful, so creative and easy – even I could do this! Haha – lovely gift idea too. Thanks :)

  • Reply
    December 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    So clever Sue, perfect for entertaining!

  • Reply
    December 8, 2014 at 8:51 am

    These are SO awesome!! Beautiful idea!

    • Reply
      December 8, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Kate, I love little projects like this, especially during the holidays!

  • Reply
    December 8, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Very cute Sue.

  • Reply
    December 8, 2014 at 5:17 am

    These look like a lot of fun to make and to use! Probably a silly question,,, but these are a one time only usage, right? I’m trying to decide how I feel about tossing out used ones that have such lovely beads. So it seems like I should only make these with beads I don’t mind throwing away afterward. Is that right?

    BTW – made the graham cracker gingerbread houses over the weekend with a 7 year old friend – lots of fun & great outcome! Thank you for that!

    • Reply
      December 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Hi Mimi — here’s the deal, they are pretty much one use, so I use beads I don’t care about, but, having said that, I have recycled them myself and it’s fine.
      Thanks for the report on the houses!

    Leave a Reply