DIY: Party Appetizer Picks

Learn how to make these darling DIY party appetizer picks

I’m a big proponent of making DIY party décor, especially for a themed party. It makes it easy to customize your decorations to suit your theme. Even if you’re just aiming for a particular color, crafting your décor by hand allows you to choose the perfect hue to match your party palette. And if you ask me, it’s pretty therapeutic to do some crafting at the end of a long day!

I recently made kitty appetizer picks and straws for my daughter’s cat-themed 2nd birthday party (which I shared here on the blog last week). I loved how they turned out, so I wanted to share the step-by-step with everyone. For this tutorial, I made the appetizer picks in the shape of balloons, which would work well for most celebratory occasions. But the options are practically limitless if you have another shape in mind for your particular party. All you need is a hole punch in your desired shape, or you could also use a die-cutting machine like the Cricut if you wanted a truly custom topper. Whether you stick them on toothpicks, paper straws, or cocktail swizzle sticks for a grownup gathering, these DIY decorations are the kind of detail that will take your party from generic gathering to Pinterest-worthy soiree. Check out the tutorial below…

Kitty Cat sraws

Kitty Cat straw toppers

Here’s what you will need:

  • hole punch in the shape of your choice (Etsy is a great resource for fun and interesting shapes to suit any occasion)
  • cardstock or thick scrapbook paper
  • toothpicks
  • hot glue gun

Step by step DIY for party appetizer picks

How to make party appetizer picks

How to DIY party appetizer picks

Learn how to make your own party appetizer toppers

DIY appetizer picks

the cutest DIY appetizer picks for your party

Here’s how to make them:

1. Use your hole punch to punch your shapes out of the paper. If your shape is not perfectly symmetrical (and your paper is not double-sided), make sure to punch out an equal amount of shapes on the reverse side of the paper, so that the two shapes are mirror images of each other.
2. Place a small dab of hot glue onto one of the shapes, and then glue the toothpick in place.
3. Place another dab of glue on the toothpick, and glue on the reverse shape, so that your appetizer pick is double-sided.
4. Place alongside appetizers or as decorative accents on your dessert tray, and enjoy!

Are you going to try your hand at this DIY?

Let me know below!

xo Ilana
Team LC

Photos: Valorie Darling Photography for, Emma Feil Photography