Wood Crafts

Toothpick Architecture
Say hi to this Toothpick Person!
Say hi to this Toothpick Person!

With toothpick architecture, you and your kids can create a tiny city, geometric shapes, or a circus tent with clowns. This art craft lets you build whatever your imagination dreams up!

What You'll Need:

  • Waxed paper
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic-based clay
  • Poster board

How to Make Toothpick Architecture:

Step 1: Place a sheet of waxed paper over your work surface. Roll the plastic-based clay into several 1/4- to 1/2-inch balls. (The amount will depend on what you're making, since the clay balls are the anchor joints of your toothpick creation.)

The Toothpick Triangle

To make a person, you will need 7 balls of clay; to make a building, you will need 14 balls of clay; and to make a triangle shape, you will need 4 balls of clay.

Step 2: Insert a toothpick into a ball of clay. Connect the toothpick to another ball of clay. Continue connecting toothpicks with the clay until you have completed your structure.

Your Toothpick Person can live and work in this Toothpick Building.

Step 3: Place the finished projects on a piece of poster board to display your architecture.

Keep reading to learn how to make some pocket-sized toothpick pals.

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