What to do with a box full of kitschy swizzle sticks?

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So I bought a huge bucket full of these vintage cocktail stirrers at a flea market, “swizzle sticks,” the guy called them. He said they belonged to his grandparents, from their many vacation get aways. There are a ton from Las Vegas… there’s at least 20 from the Playboy Bunny club! My favorite are the giraffe shaped ones.

I want to do something with them, they are so perfectly vintage… but I’m not sure what. I’m a pretty good DIY-er when it comes to figuring out how to make or do something, but what to use these for has me totally stumped.

I was thinking cupcake decorations, in that so-bad-it’s-good kitschy vintage kinda way. If you have any ideas for how you would use these for entertainment purposes please share!


Here’s what we came up with:

  • These could be a great way for party guests to keep track of whose drink is whose, kind of like wine charms.
  • Use them as skewers for garnishes, cocktails, or appetizers.
  • String them up and use them as colorful kitschy decor.

What are your ideas?

Comments on What to do with a box full of kitschy swizzle sticks?

  1. Just though of what I’m going to do with mine. Take a large picture frame about the size of my coffee table and arrange them under the glass on a piece of felt or velvet.. Use it for a serving tray or a glass table-top – no coasters needed and no chance of spills, candle wax or cigarette burns harming the table.

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