Beaded Cocktail Pick Tutorial

making beaded cocktail toothpicks

Beaded Cocktail Pick Tutorial ~ these pretty and festive cocktail picks are so easy to put together, you’ll want to make a bunch of them to get you through a year of elegant entertaining!

easy and elegant cocktail picks you can make yourself!

I’m a closet crafter and I get that irrepressible urge to try to make myself what I can’t find, or can’t afford!

These little bejeweled picks would cost a fortune at a store like Pottery Barn, so let’s get after it and do it ourselves 🙂

A fun craft project for the holidays

I used my party picks for my Drunken Cranberry Meatballs and they were a big hit with guests.

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 these picks 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. 

These be-jeweled 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:

What you’ll need to make cocktail picks:

  • 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

How to make beaded cocktail 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!



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  • Reply
    January 2, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I just read the post about these being for one use. Could the tips be washed and used again? Seems a shame to pitch them after only one use.

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      January 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      I do wash them and re-use, Donna. And I think another reader mentioned you can get washable/reusable bamboo toothpicks, which would be ideal.

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    January 2, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I made some of these today as a “trial run”. I want to make some to take to a get together at a friend’s house later in the month. I had so much fun making them! I want to go back to the craft store to get more beads right away and make even more! They are easy, and make a nice hostess gift.
    Thanks for the instructions!

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      January 2, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      I’m thrilled Donna, I want to do more crafty posts 😉

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    December 30, 2018 at 10:54 am

    These are beautiful and a great idea! Just curious how you packaged them to give as gifts.
    Thank you!

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

    So pretty, the perfect holiday touch!

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    [email protected]+Floating+Kitchen
    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.

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    [email protected]+Riffs
    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.

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    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

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    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!

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      December 9, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Fantastic — you’re going to have such fun!

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    [email protected]+The+Café+Sucré+Farine
    December 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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

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    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!

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      December 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      This is a low patience project, Amy, promise!

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    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 🙂

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    December 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    So clever Sue, perfect for entertaining!

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    [email protected]+Diethood
    December 8, 2014 at 8:51 am

    These are SO awesome!! Beautiful idea!

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      December 8, 2014 at 8:55 am

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

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    December 8, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Very cute Sue.

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    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!

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      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!

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        December 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        Reading this four years later and admiring these picks, you can buy bamboo toothpicks now which are practically unbreakable, plus bamboo is washable. Just don’t use water soluble glue or the beads will probably come off. I’m gearing up to make some of these right now!

        Sue, I just adore your blog in every way imaginable! Unbelievable recipes, drop dead gorgeous photography, articulate and entertaining chit chat; it’s the first email I open. It’s like getting getting a letter from an old friend.

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          December 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm

          I want to frame this comment and hang it over my desk for those ‘down’ days Dana 🙂

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