Starburst Tree Silver Centerpiece

Starburst Tree Silver Centerpiece


This Starburst Silver Centerpiece makes a wonderful addition to your holiday decor.  In 4 easy steps, you can create this lovely mini tree that's great for decorating your holiday table or mantel.  The great thing about this stunning mini tree is that you can even have it out on display throughout the winter.  Great for Christmas as well as New Year's eve, this tiny topiary is sure to add plenty of jazz and sparkle to your holiday decor.

Starburst Tree Silver Centerpiece


  • 17-20 (1 1/2") STYROFOAM* Brand Balls
  • Glitter spray, silver (read label to be sure it's foam-safe)
  • Toothpicks, 50 per ball
  • Curling ribbon, silver
  • Spray paint, silver (read label to be sure it's foam-safe)
  • Star garland, silver
  • Miniature glass ornaments, 12 - 14
  • Thick, white craft glue



  1. To make starburst ornaments, dip one end of each toothpick in glue and insert 3/8" - 1/2" deep into foam ball; you'll need approximately 50 toothpicks per ball.
  2. Spray paint starbursts silver; let dry. Spray starbursts with glitter spray.
  3. Arrange eight starbursts in a circle; arrange five starbursts in second layer, pressing toothpicks gently into the first layer for stability. Repeat, adding three starbursts for the third layer. Top tree with single starburst. (Depending on the size of your starbursts, and the size tree you'd like, you may choose to add additional starbursts.)
  4. Decorate tree: loosely wrap star garland around tree; curl strands of curling ribbon and place on tree; hang mini glass ornaments from toothpicks.

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My grandmother made one of these when I was a little girl - and that would be about 1965! I love seeing these things come back again!

I made one very similar to this when I was in elementary school (early 60's) and my mom used it many years as part of Christmas decor. I now am going to make another one this year! Thanks for the great memory and bringing back that idea to me! Added note, we used a round styrofoam form about 12" inches to place the tree on which made it easy to move around.

Really cute idea! When I was young, we made starburst Christmas ornaments, but used sweet gum balls instead of styrofoam. Sweet gum trees are prolific in the south, and their seed pods are round balls that have holes where the seeds have dropped out. If one has access to them, it will make this already inexpensive craft even more thrifty!

When I made these toothpick trees several years ago and I sprayed them with spray snow and then deorated them with very ssmall Christmas balls and they were absolutely lovely to look at


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