How to Make a Coliseum Out of Toothpicks

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Things You'll Need

  • Toothpicks
  • Clay
  • Glue
  • Craft sponge
  • Craft paint
  • Wax paper
  • Poster board

Toothpicks have endless uses. They pick your teeth, serve as tiny tools, and can be materials in crafts. Kids love building things with household items. Toothpicks are like little building materials. Impress your friends with a building made of toothpicks.

Roll several balls of clay, or make the balls as you go if you choose. The balls of clay should be no bigger than marble size. Connect toothpicks by sticking the ends into the balls of clay. Place your clay balls on the wax paper. This will keep it from sticking and ruining table surfaces. Start by placing the toothpicks into the clay balls horizontally. Make a complete circle with the chain of toothpicks and clay balls. This will be your foundation.

Build upwards by placing toothpicks into the clay balls that you have already made and attached with horizontal toothpicks. Place the toothpicks at a 45 degree angle all the way around your coliseum. They should come together in triangle shapes. Put a small ball of clay on the top ends of all these, joining the two toothpicks together. Connect the clay balls horizontally with more toothpicks. Place toothpicks at 45 degree angles again along the top of your previous row as you did before. Strengthen this top row with horizontal toothpicks holding each link of toothpicks and clay balls together.

At the top of your coliseum, place double horizontal toothpicks parallel into the clay balls around the top. This will look like a ledge for the top of your building. Allow a day or so to let the clay harden before moving your project.

Decorate your coliseum. Paint it with craft paint and a craft sponge. You can also snap toothpicks to different sizes and glue them onto your coliseum for different architectural designs. Or use full length toothpicks to create extra support for your coliseum levels by placing them vertically in between each ball of clay.


  • Don't make the clay balls too big or it will make it heavy and it will collapse.