It’s glittering, glamorous and totally retro – it’s a DIY Starburst Christmas Tree made with toothpicks and balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Yes, I said toothpicks! This sparkling, tabletop Christmas tree will take you through the season, including New Year’s Eve. It’s stunning, isn’t it? (Like I said, I have some fun trees planned for this year’s Festival of Trees.) Here’s how to make a Retro Starburst Christmas Tree.
To make a Retro Starburst Christmas Tree, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: At least 17, 1-1/2” balls; a block or other scrap
- Acrylic craft paint in metallic silver
- Wooden toothpicks – 50 per ball, or 850 for 17 balls
- Mod Podge
- Silver micro glitter
- Optional: Miniature glass ornaments; small metallic stars (Kathleen cut hers from a garland)
- Tools needed: Scissors; 17 wooden skewers; 1” soft paintbrush
To make a Retro Starburst Christmas Tree:
1. Insert a wooden skewer into each ball to use as a handle. Paint the balls silver. Insert the wood skewers into the foam block to hold upright while the paint dries.
2. Insert 50 toothpicks, evenly spaced, into each ball.
3. Brush a generous coat of Mod Podge onto a foam ball and all sides of the toothpicks. Work on just a few balls at a time, so the Mod Podge doesn’t dry before you’re finished.
4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, sprinkle generously with gold micro glitter. Work over a cookie sheet or gift box so you can recycle excess glitter. Let dry.
5. Remove the skewers.
6. Build your tree:
- Bottom layer: Arrange eight starbursts in a circle.
- Second layer: Arrange five starbursts in a circle on top of the bottom layer. Gently press the toothpicks into the first layer for added stability.
- Third layer: Arrange three starbursts on top of the second layer.
- Top: Top off with one last starburst.
7. Optional: Decorate the tree with mini glass ornaments and small stars.
Here’s another tabletop Christmas tree with a retro vibe. This Silver Starburst Topiary is topped off with just one of the silver starbursts. Imagine how striking a grouping of these sparklers would be!
The Festival of Trees continues tomorrow. See you then.