Creative Uses for Round Wooden Toothpicks

Round wooden toothpicks are good for much more than picking bits of meat and other food particles out of the nooks and crannies of the teeth. They have a number of creative uses from crafts to cleaning. They are inexpensive, disposable, and they work unlike anything else to get the job done. When I buy round wooden toothpicks, I do not buy a single box. I keep several boxes on hand for crafting, detailing and more.

Use Round Wooden Toothpicks to Light Candles

The wicks of candles are often difficult to reach, even with a wooden match. If long wooden matches are not available, light the tips of round wooden toothpicks. They are a little longer than short matches. Be sure to stick the burned tip in a bowl of sand to completely put out the fire. Keep the bowl of sand and toothpicks on hand for lighting deep set candle wicks. To make it a little more decorative, cover the sand with a layer of pretty seashells, and place a candle in the center. The solution can become part of the display.

Enjoy the Convenience of Disposable Corncob Holders

When my wooden corncob holders had been stored in a plastic bag in my camper, they became moldy. Instead of trying to clean the holders I came up with something better. I keep round wooden toothpicks on hand for eating corn on the cob. They are just the right size, and they are sharp enough to do the job. Best of all, they can be tossed away along with the empty cobs.

Clean Disgustingly Dirty Nooks and Crannies

Try to clean crevices with a rag or sponge and the dirty will not come out. When I moved into my new home it was clean, but the light switch crevices and the areas along the metal bars that separate the carpeting from the linoleum with absolutely filthy. The filth was a result of years of simply mopping the linoleum floors. Mops simply push dirt into crevices. I used the tips of round wooden toothpicks to get rid of the gunk. They worked to safely remove the buildup on the linoleum along the metal bars.

Make Mini Fruit Kabobs

My daughter loves tropical fruit, and I wanted to find creative ways to serve it. I used round wooden toothpicks as miniature skewers. I added small chunks of papaya, pineapple and mango, and I kept them on a plate in the refrigerator. The mini fruit kabobs made fantastic snacks. They were fun to make and even more fun to eat, especially when dipped in fat free caramel sauce.

These are just some of the many creative ways to use round wooden toothpicks. I have also made decorative cones with craft foam and toothpicks. I pushed the toothpicks into the foam and covered them with an array of beautiful glass beads. The round wooden toothpicks keep the beads in place while the glue dries. Making beaded cones was just one of the many creative ways that I have used the handy little wooden sticks. They can be used to build almost anything that craft sticks can be used make, but they create much finer detail.

Source: Personal and Professional Home Design and Crafting Experience

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