DIY Urchin Christmas Ornament

Have you ever had a particular image in your mind? Maybe an idea for a look or style that you wanted…

Like that perfect Christmas tree covered with gorgeous handmade snowflakes. You guessed it…that was the image I had in my mind when I began planning my holiday decor this year. I could see it…

…sort of like the vision that Clark W. Griswold’s mother had of the “25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights” after they failed to light in Christmas Vacation

Clark baby, I can picture it in my mind and it’s breathtaking!

That was me. Totally picturing the snowflakes in my mind, and they were breathtaking. But they didn’t turn out how I imagined them.

In fact, they turned out even better. They actually turned out to be more of an Urchin instead of a snowflake, but it just so happens that they’re totally on trend and look fabulous!

DIY Urchin Ornament from A trendy design made from a small styrofoam ball with toothpicks. Add paint, glitter and a twine hanger to create this gorgeous Urchin Ornament for your Christmas Tree.

And don’t they look like a 3D type of snowflake? I mean really, just because something doesn’t turn out the way we expect, doesn’t mean it won’t work. Sometimes it’s even better. Perhaps we should just go with it… Urchin? Snowflake? We can take it either way…

Plus, it’s a super easy craft, which is always a bonus.



Small Styrofoam Balls

Toothpicks or Small Wooden Sticks

Craft Glue

White Spray Paint or Craft Paint




Start with adding a toothpick into the styrofoam ball. Before you insert the toothpick, dip the tip into the craft glue. Once it’s in the ball, it will dry and secure the toothpick.

DIY Urchin Christmas Ornament

I found the easiest way to arrange the toothpicks was to create a complete circle, beginning with adding 4 evenly spaced and then filling in between them.

DIY Urchin Christmas Ornament

Next, I began the same procedure for the other side of the ball.

DIY Urchin Christmas Ornament

I filled in between the toothpicks until the toothpicks were evenly spaced and the ball was filled. They don’t have to be perfect. A few of mine might have had an extra toothpick or two. Once they’re finished, you can’t really tell if they are 100% identical.

DIY Urchin Christmas Ornament

After they were filled and the glue had dried, I spray painted them white. The styrofoam ball texture shows through the paint, so I decided to add the glitter. I made sure to cover the ball and simply let it fall onto the sticks. It looks like the glitter radiates from the center out.

I then hot glued twine to the end of one of the toothpicks and voila…

DIY Urchin Christmas Ornament

This easy craft is a perfect afternoon activity that would be great to do with your family or friends. You could create enough to cover your entire tree or just a few to use as accent decor. These DIY urchin Christmas ornaments are cute and give the look of a 3D snowflake. They’re perfect for the tree and so trendy.

Sometimes we picture something in our head…and it’s breathtaking. Sometimes it’s different in reality…and it’s still breathtaking.

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