How to Make and Use a Shot Ski

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Cutting the cake, tossing the bridal bouquet and raising a toast to the bride and groom are timeless wedding traditions. Create a new tradition that reflects the couple’s interest in the outdoors by having guests take a shot from a handcrafted shot ski. Not just for weddings, a shot ski is a novel way for party guests to share drinks and funny moments together.

A shot ski is a fun addition to any wedding or party.
A shot ski is a fun addition to any wedding or party. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Things You'll Need:

  • Men's or women's ski, 170 centimeters or longer
  • Sandpaper, 60 or 80-grit
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1 3/8-inch
  • Paint
  • Shot glasses, 4
  • Glue gun
  • Paint pen
  • Tape measure

Note: Some skis have laminated metal inside. Research the construction of the ski to ensure you won't hit a layer of metal when you drill it. If your ski does have laminated metal in the core, you'll need to use a high-speed, steel drill bit.

Supplies needed to make a shot ski.
Supplies needed to make a shot ski. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 1: Measure the Ski

Measure the length of the ski to determine where you'll place the shot glasses. To ensure the shot glasses are evenly spaced, divide the length of the ski by 4. With a pen or pencil, place a mark every quarter length in the middle of the ski.

Measure the ski and mark each quarter length.
Measure the ski and mark each quarter length. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 2: Drill Four Spots for the Shot Glasses

Secure the drill bit in place and hold the drill at a 90-degree angle above the first mark on the ski. With light pressure, drill a shallow depression into the ski, but don't drill through the ski. You only need to drill a few millimeters down. Drill a depression at each of the remaining marks on the ski.

Drill an area for the shot glass to rest on the ski.
Drill an area for the shot glass to rest on the ski. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 3: Sand the Surface

Sand the top surface of the ski until the finish is no longer glossy. The rough surface helps the paint adhere to the ski.

Sand the glossy finish off the top of the ski.
Sand the glossy finish off the top of the ski. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 4: Paint the Ski

Paint the top of the ski with thin, light coats to avoid drips. Let the paint dry for at least 30 minutes in between each coat. Be sure to paint outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. After you apply the final coat of paint, let the ski dry completely.

Apply thin coats of paint on the ski.
Apply thin coats of paint on the ski. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 5: Decorate the Shot Ski

Using a paint pen, write a saying, quote, name or date, or draw a design in the space between the areas you drilled.

Use a paint pen to decorate the ski.
Use a paint pen to decorate the ski. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 6: Apply Hot Glue to the Ski

With your glue gun, squeeze hot glue around the perimeter of each of the four depressions.

Hot glue works best to hold the shot glasses in place.
Hot glue works best to hold the shot glasses in place. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 7: Attach the Shot Glasses

Working quickly before the glue dries, set the shot glasses in the depressions, one at a time, and press down firmly. Allow the glue to dry and cool for 10 minutes.

For a firm hold, press the shot glasses in place.
For a firm hold, press the shot glasses in place. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

To Use the Shot Ski: Pour a Drink

With the base of the ski resting on a flat surface, pour a drink into each shot glass.

Pour a drink into the shot glasses.
Pour a drink into the shot glasses. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Raise the Shot Ski in Unison

Have four people line up behind the shot ski, one person behind each shot glass. At the same time, they should all raise the ski, tip it and take a shot in unison.

Raise the shot ski in unison to take a shot together.
Raise the shot ski in unison to take a shot together. (Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear eye protection while drilling the ski.
  • Clean the shot glasses in between each use by wiping them with a soapy washcloth or wet wipe and dry them with a clean cloth or paper towel.
  • Hot glue burns, so use caution when using a hot-glue device.
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