A Christmas Craft for the Glamour Girl

I love crafts; I do them every day as part of my job. But in my personal life, I'm a lot less crafty. I marvel at these girls making elaborate ribbon flowers and wrapping gifts better than professionals. There is no end to their amazing talents as they whip up these decorations worthy of Elle Home. Ok, I will admit I am jealous. That was until I found the perfect Christmas craft: easy, low on time, and big on the wow factor. I found it on thrifty fun, so that name alone should tip you off. While this craft was billed as a "toothpick christmas tree," I thought they would be a lot better as little decorations of their own. Don't shy away from this craft because it looks time consuming; you can watch episodes of "Jerseylicious" and "Guiliana and Bill" while working away. This also doesn't have to be just for Christmas because you can customize it to any season or holiday you want. Your Supplies:

  • Styrofoam ball(s) (any size will do but I prefer 2" or around there; bigger means more time)
  • A box or two of toothpicks (depends on the size of your balls and how many balls you plan to do)
  • Silver glitter
  • Spray paint in any color (to save on expense and waste, try to find the small craft spray cans)

Here's how you do it:

Poke toothpicks into the styrofoam ball about a quarter of an inch apart. Any farther apart and it tends to look very sparse, but closer makes it look more like a sea urchin. It's pretty much up to you and whatever you think looks good.

It takes a little while to cover the whole ball. As you poke the toothpicks in, make sure that you are putting them in as straight as possible.

After you've completely covered the entire ball with toothpicks and watched multiple episodes of "House Hunters," it's time for the hard part. Go outside or in a room with open windows and lay out some newspaper for spray painting your balls.

Spray paint the balls all over, making sure to coat the ball and the toothpicks on every side. Now while the paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter all over the ball. Don't be afraid you're using too much; just make sure it sticks. It's easiest to do this step one ball at a time. Let them dry for about 15-20 minutes before you move them.

AND THAT'S IT! See, I told you it was easy! Then you're ready to decorate with the balls however you choose. They look really pretty arranged in a glass bowl or tall glass vase. I did my toothpick Christmas balls in black and white and hung them in my window. Won't they look pretty for New Year's too?

You don't have to be super crafty to have a very crafty Christmas! Just put these together and everyone will be impressed!