I just thought I'd share an idea to make your own cute bento picks. :) It's nothing crazy creative, definitely not reinventing the wheel, but a fun and easy little craft that can help add a bit of cuteness to your bento boxes.
Step 1: Gather your supplies.
You'll need picks.
Regular tooth picks and bamboo forks are really easy to find - I've seen the bamboo forks everywhere from Target to party supply stores. I like the plastic picks because they are washable and sturdy...I found this box at Dollar Tree.
You'll need stickers.
Any small stickers will do. I really like the little plastic stickers that are kind of bubbly and thick. I found cute Halloween ones at Target. The fall stickers are from either Target's Dollar Spot or possibly the cheap bins at Michael's. I got those last year and can't recall exactly.
You'll need a glue gun, possibly. Definitely if using the cute little plastic stickers, but not for regular paper stickers.
Step 2: glue stickers on picks.
Like I said, this is not rocket science. :)
Just a dot of glue will do.
Place sticker on glue. Smile at the cuteness.
To help ease the stickiness on the back of the sticker you can rub a drop of dishsoap and rinse off.
alternate Step 2 for paper stickers.
For these picks I used stickers that were mirror images. The same size, same shape, same image, just facing opposite directions.
See the two turkeys where the toothpick is pointing? Those are perfect.
Take the two like-stickers and sandwich a toothpick end between them and press firmly.
If you don't have mirror-image stickers you could easily cut a small piece of paper to use on the back. In that case you may need a drop of glue. These stickers were not very sticky and a dab of glue could have helped them seal up better. That's what I get for buying dollar bin stickers. :)
Making your own picks can be a fun craft to do with your kids. Homemade picks may be a good option if you have kiddos who "accidentally" don't remember to bring home their regular bento picks, or for field trips (or other days a disposable lunch is needed), or to spice up a food tray at a class party!