Add the perfect festive touch to any holiday beverage with these DIY Bottle Brush Tree Drink Stirrers. You only need a few supplies and a little time to craft these unique and whimsical drink accessories.
DIY Bottle Brush Drink Stirrers
Friends, this project has been years in the making. I’m honestly so happy to be finally sharing these DIY Bottle Brush Tree Drink Stirrers with you!
A little backstory….
I want to say it was 4 or 5 years ago that I found these bottle brush tree drink stirrers in the Dollar Spot at Target. I use them almost every year as a little decoration on my bar cart or when I’m styling a Christmas drink. No matter when I post a picture of them, I get dozens of requests for where I found them. As you probably know, when something is purchased from Target’s Dollar Spot, odds are you will never see it again. Such was the case with these adorable drink stirrers. They’ve never been sold again.
Every year I tell myself that I’m going to create a DIY version of these stirrers and then Christmas slips by and so does the project. Well, this year I made it a point to make this project happen and I finally did! In fact, I even bought the supplies back in October so I was certain to get started and complete it.
Either way, I’m thrilled to share this insanely easy (and insanely adorable) project with you.
You only need four supplies and under 30 minutes to whip up the cutest holiday drink accessory in all of the land. When corralled in a small pitcher or glass, they even double as festive decor for your bar cart, holiday drink station, or hot cocoa bar.
Speaking of … if you need some holiday cocktail ideas, I have a blog post dedicated to my favorite recipes. You can find that HERE. I also have the most delicious hot cocoa mix recipe. It’s a must for your hot cocoa stations. You can find that HERE.
You can also find the Santa Mugs HERE.
As you will see in this post, I use these bottle brush drink stirrers for cocktails, hot cocoa, and everything in between. You can even toss one in Santa’s milk on Christmas Eve. He’ll be so impressed that you may even get an extra present or two under the tree!
So, without delay, let me show you how to make these.
Where to find 1-inch Bottle Brushs:
As with any craft, you’re going to need some supplies. Other than the sandpaper (which I had on hand), I found everything on Amazon. (I’ve linked everything in the supply list below.) However, I’m sure you could find these things at your local craft store too.
Before I share my list, I did want to mention that for the best look, you really need a particular size bottle brush tree. (They need to be 1-inch tall.) Many are too big. I actually purchased four different ones to find the best size. You can find the ones I used HERE.
UPDATE: It looks like the trees I used are sold out. They sell out every year and the 1″ size are really hare to find. I’m very sorry! Here are some alternatives:
- THESE seem to be the best option. It looks like one has a gold base and one has a natural base. Be sure you’re ordering the 1″ size.
- I found THESE. However they are 1.4-inches tall verse the 1-inch tall that I used.
- THESE are also 1.5-inch tall and could work.
- You may also want to check in-store at Michael’s or Joanns.
With that being said, let’s craft!
DIY Bottle Brush Tree Drink Stirrers Tutorial:
For this project you will need: (each item is linked below)
- small bottle brush trees (1-inch tall)
- If these are sold out see alternatives above
- wood lollipop sticks
- 80 grit sandpaper
- gel super glue for wood
You want to start by creating a flat surface on the ball of the lollipop stick. To do this, set a piece of 80 grit sandpaper on your table. Hold the ball end of the lollipop stick. Now keeping the stick straight up and down, rub the ball end against the sandpaper to create a flat surface.
You don’t need to sand for very long: maybe 5-10 seconds. You can see in the image above that I only sanded away a bit to create that flat surface.
Next, after removing any excess dust, add a small drop of super glue to the sanded edge of the lollipop stick. Then, top with the wood base of your tree.
Hold it in place for about 20-30 seconds while keeping the tree and stick aligned as straight as possible.
Voila! That’s it.
Yep. It’s honestly THAT simple. I had over 2 dozen of these made in under 30 minutes.
They make any drink exponentially more Christmassy!
And, as you can see, the little collection of bottle brush tree drink stirrer looks so cute displayed on a counter. This way you have them ready for whenever a drink requires an extra special festive touch. They are just the cutest.
Looking for more festive holiday DIY projects? Try these:
- Vintage-Inspired Christmas Gift Bags
- DIY Christmas Cookie Bags
- Rainbow Ornament Wreath
- Cookie Cutter Wreath
- Colorful Wood Christmas Trees
- Wood Bead Garland
- DIY Wood Stockings
I hope you’ll give this unique project a try. Your friends and family will be delighted at your creativity when you slide one of these cuties into their drink this holiday season.
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