Intro: Christmas Cocktail Picks
Tired of the same old straight cocktail picks?
Make a beautifaul christmas scene from your cocktail snacks.
Make your own proffesional looking cocktail picks specialy for christmas.
Step 1: Search Inspiration for the Theme
Search for pictures in the theme.
If you want to find inspirational pictures fast on the nternet try pinterest.
Step 2: Draw Your Picks
Start drawing on paper and move on to computer.
There are some nice open source drawing programs:
The program I used to draw is not open source but it's free :
Step 3: Laser Cutting
Once you've drawn your picks on computer you need to get them cutted.
I took 3mm birch triplex as material, but other thin sheet materials should also work.
For cutting there are some options:
1st: Cut them out manualy. This is the cheapest way to cut the pick out is with a figure saw, but the quality of the cut is limited by the qualities of the cutter (in my case quite a poor quality)
2nd: Let the picks be lasercutted by a service or in a fablab.
This is a little bit more expensive, but it is worth it.
3th: Cut them on your own lassercutter or cnc router (there are some nice instructables on how to built a cnc router, check them out)
Step 4: Packaging
If you give this as a gift, it's always nice to give it in a packaging.
With the open source software inkscape you can easily draw and print your own packaging;
If you want it you can put on a qr code (with a measage like: "merry christmas"
A QR-code can be made online, for example here: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ and gives a kind of professional look.
Step 5: Use the Picks
Give the picks as a gift or open them up yourselve and use them (on scampi's for example) and enjoy.