Toothpick Christmas Tree

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
  • glitter


  1. Just stick toothpicks in each of the balls. It should take 325 - 350 toothpicks per ball, spaced less than 1/4 inch apart.
  2. 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.
  3. A pair of work gloves come in handy for working with the balls once the toothpicks are in.
  4. 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.
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  6. If you aim only at the toothpicks, there will still be enough coverage on the balls even if there are white areas remaining. Once the spray snow is applied, it will blend nicely no matter what color you're using.
  7. 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
  • string tiny garland and little bulbs
  • use strings of beads or sequins

By Lynn Lewis from Southfield, MI


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November 18, 20100 found this helpful

OMG! I made this when I was a young girl in school and that has been over 50 yrs ago, lol. But I still remembered how to make them and was even thinking about making one this Christmas for my granddaughter, whom just got into a new apartment, and seeing this now gave me the inspiration! Thank you for sharing.

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful

I saw this in somebody elses favorites, this will be my first favorite! Love it! This should be a fun project.

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October 23, 20161 found this helpful

Fishing line helps to keep it together, especially if you add a loop for handling.


Also, a light spray of hair spray keeps snow in place !!
Storage : triple large leaf bags, just respray next year !!

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