How to Make a Christmas Tree Out of Styrofoam Balls and Toothpicks

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard

  • Aluminum foil or gift wrap

  • Styrofoam balls

  • Round toothpicks

  • Glue

  • Spray paint

  • Newspaper

  • Spray varnish

Christmas trees made with Styrofoam balls can be decorated in many ways and enhanced with all kinds of embellishments. You can use the decorative trees as centerpieces surrounded by greenery, make several to use as gifts and place one or two smaller trees on the fireplace mantel. The size of the tree depends on the size of Styrofoam balls used. Make it a family activity by having each member decorate a tree for family keepsakes you can pull out every year.


Step 1

Prepare the base for the tree by covering a square of cardboard with aluminum foil or gift wrap. Glue or tape the back to secure the wrapping.

Step 2

Place eight Styrofoam balls in a circle on the base. Secure them to each other on both sides with toothpicks. Glue this circle of balls to the center of the base

Step 3

Place seven balls in a circle and insert toothpicks to secure them to each other. Insert another toothpick in the bottom of each one.


Step 4

Apply a small amount of glue to the tops of the circle of eight balls. Place the circle of seven balls on top.

Step 5

Create a circle of six balls, secure them with toothpicks and glue the circle on top of the seven balls.

Step 6

Create sets of five, four and three balls following the same procedure as before. Secure them with toothpicks and glue them in succession on top of the circle of six balls.


Step 7

Glue one Styrofoam ball in the center of the top circle of three balls. Secure it on all three sides with toothpicks.

Step 8

Spray paint the entire tree with gold or silver paint. Cover the base with newspaper unless you also want it painted. Use a spray finish if desired.


Place Christmas potpourri inside the tree before adding the top Styrofoam ball.

You can cover the styrofoam tree with other holiday embellishments, such as peppermint candies in their wrappers.


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