Toothpicks and Styrofoam balls come together to make an amazingly elegant table top Christmas tree.
Approximate Time: 10 - 12 hours
16 3-inch Styrofoam balls
9-12 inch Styrofoam wreath
approx 5600 round toothpicks
1 can spray paint
1 can spray snow
Just stick toothpicks in each of the balls. It should take 325 - 350 toothpicks per ball, spaced less than 1/4 inch apart.
To assemble the tree, using the wreath as a base, arrange 7 balls on the wreath. Next, 5 balls sit on top of that ring, then 3, then 1.
A pair of work gloves come in handy for working with the balls once the toothpicks are in.
To paint the tree, you'll want to aim the spray at the toothpicks from the side (a lazy Susan or some other way to be able to spin the tree makes this much easier). Avoid spraying directly toward the center and soaking the Styrofoam. Be especially careful if using metallic paint, as it will dissolve the Styrofoam.
Now spray snow all over, mostly aiming from the top down. Sprinkle glitter while the snow is still wet so that it will dry into the snow and flake off less.
Decorating options include:
adding a string of small lights to the inside while assembling the tree
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