I don't know about you guys, but 4th of July is one of my favorite parts of summer. Not only does it mark the middle of the season, but it also is a great excuse to get together with family and friends, drink good drinks, eat good food, and of course blow stuff up (I'm more of a sparkler gal myself). There are also very few days of the year that you can really pour on the red white and blue theme without it coming off too cheesy. For me, any holiday is an excuse to craft fun party decor, and I thought some DIY drink picks would be the perfect enhancement for the cold cocktails that are sure to be served if you're entertaining family or friends.
Here's what you'll need:
- Bamboo skewers (bought at the grocery store)
- Double sided tape
- Blue and red tissue paper, or I found these patterned tissue papers at my local craft store.
- Red, white, and blue sparkle garland.
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: Fringe scissors from Martha Stewart Crafts. If you are a crafter, trust me, they're worth the investment.
There are two different types of picks in this tutorial, but both start out the same way. You need to take your bamboo skewers and measure them to fit your drinking glass. Cut off the pointed bottoms to make them the desired height. For the sparkle picks cut about 5 or 6 pieces of your sparkle garland 2 inches long.
Carefully hot glue the pieces of sparkle garland to the end of the bamboo skewer. Wrap your ribbon around, and then hot glue the end to finish.
To make the paper fringe picks cut a strip from your tissue paper about 4 or 5 inches long, and 1 1/2 inches tall. Using your regular or fringe scissors cut fringe along one edge of your tissue strip.
Place a piece of double sided tape at the top end of your pick. Begin wrapping your tissue paper, nice and tight (but don't tear it) around the pick. When you reach the end secure it with another piece of double sided tape.
You're finished! Create your delicious summer cocktails, and add your fun fourth of July flair. Your guests will be so impressed with your craftiness!
xo ~ Emily