If you’ve been to a mountain town then you’ve probably seen a DIY shot ski floating around the bar. The shot ski takes communal shots to the next level, encouraging everyone to cozy up next to each other to drink in unison from shot glasses secured onto a ski.
Alcohol chugging mechanisms are always more epic if they are made at home and the shot ski is no different. Here’s how to create your own DIY shot ski, just in time for holiday party season.
- Old ski with a wood core, over 170 cm long
- Shot glasses
- Handheld electric drill
- 1-⅜’’ Forstner drill bit
- Safety glasses
- Disposable dust mask
- Measuring tape
- Sandpaper, 60-80 grit
- Clear, silicone adhesive glue
- Paint and paint pens (optional)
- Velcro and scissors (optional)
How to Make a Shot Ski
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
The first and most important item you need to start your project is an old ski. If you don’t have a friend willing to donate that old pair of skis sitting in their garage to a good cause then you can ask your local ski resort or ski shop. You are going to want to try and find an old ski with a wood-core, the longer the better.
It is a good idea to avoid newer skis as they usually have a laminated metal layer inside. It is also a good idea to opt for skis without bindings as they can be hard to remove. If you can’t get the binding off you can take it to your local ski shop and they will usually remove it free of charge. As far as the shot glasses go, you want to make sure they are uniform and made from thick, durable plastic or glass.
Step 2: Measure and Mark
Measure the length of the ski from tip to base, and divide that measurement by the number of shot glasses you want to place on the ski. This usually ranges from three to five glasses. Then, measure the width of the ski and divide it in half. With a marker, make a tick mark using the two measurements you just calculated. These marks are where you will be placing your shot glasses. Make sure there is enough room between each tick mark for an adult to stand. Also, make sure that none of the markings are on the curved part of the ski as that’s a quick way to end up with a Fireball-soaked shirt.
Step 3: Drill Some Shot Glass Nooks
If you’re wondering why you’re bothering to break out the drill instead of simply gluing the shot glasses to the ski, there is a good reason. Drilling into the wood layer of the ski will create a sturdier shot ski. The glue adheres better to the wood than the fiberglass surface, and the depressions will help secure the glasses even more.
Before you get to drilling, slip on a disposable face mask and safety goggles, as fiberglass fumes aren’t the best to inhale. Hold the drill with the 1-⅜’’ Forstner drill bit at a 90-degree angle over each marker, and drill a few millimeters into the ski, being careful not to drill completely through. You only need to create a shallow depression to reach the wood layer.
Step 4: Personalize Your Shot Ski (Optional)
If you are thinking about adding some paint to your DIY shot ski, be sure to sand the surface. This will help with aesthetics as the paint will stick better. You can use a paint pen for any text or fine details. Allow the paint to fully dry before continuing to assemble the shot ski. If you just want to slap some stickers all over the shot ski it is a good idea to do it at this time.
Step 5: Stick on Some Shot Glasses
Smooth out any imperfections with sandpaper in the depression to make a completely smooth surface. There are two ways to make the shot glasses stick to the ski. This depends on the type of shot ski you prefer.
Spread heavy-duty, clear silicone glue (not Gorilla Glue) over the entire hole, and firmly press the shot glass into the hole. You will need to hold the glass in place for several seconds. Repeat with remaining shot glasses.
Cut a piece of Velcro to fit inside the hole, and glue it to the ski. Glue the other side of the Velcro to the base of a shot glass. Repeat with remaining shot glasses. The result will be less sturdy than the first option, but the shot glasses will be removable for easy cleaning and storage.
Step 6: Throw ‘Em Back
It is recommended to wait 24 hours for the glue to dry completely before using your DIY shot ski. When you’re ready, fill the shot glasses with booze and line everyone up in front of them. If this is your first shot ski, it is a good idea to start outside as there may be some spillage. In unison, carefully lift the shot ski making sure to keep it steady and level. Then, count down from three and tilt back the shots!