Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Toothpick Art

Today's Wonder of the World is...Toothpick Art!

Flickr photo by M. G.. W...
At last! Socially acceptable things to do with toothpicks besides picking up cheese cubes and cocktail weenies!

I don't usually use my blog to rant (that's what husbands are for, ha ha,) but is anybody else out there grossed out by men walking around with toothpicks bobbing in their mouths?
Is this only a southern thing? Anyone share this pet peeve of mine?

Why are males pulled like magnets to the toothpick dispenser?
Men out there, explain this, pretty please!

Even Tanner the Slobber Dog wants a toothpick!

He especially LOVES it if he thinks I'm going to take it from him.
(Couldn't we have chosen a girl dog?)

Just kidding, Tanner. Run boy, run!

I tell the boys/man in my house that all toothpick usage should be done in private!
You look like a caveman, I say.
I looked it up and (Ha!) I'm right! Neanderthal skulls show signs of toothpick use!

If only people would use toothpicks for the good of mankind!
You want to use toothpicks in public for cleaning your teeth?
Make a toothbrush sculpture!

Flickr photo by henrique.moser
I'd sit and watch you do that!

Or do what my mama does. Turn your toothpicks back into a tree!
(By the way, that sweet looking lady is not my mama. I don't know who she is, but her tree would be prettier if she'd spray it with fake snow!)

Or go in a different direction.
Scale new heights with the Empire State Building!

Flickr photo by the gatfords

Or recreate your favorite lady!

Flickr photo by the gatfords
Build a trolley...

Flickr photo by veee man
Or something even more complicated.

Flickr photo by jiformales
Be inspired by nature, like the artist of this creature

Flickr photo by
Or this one.

Flickr photo by BeK'S
I do believe that's the most beautiful fake spider I've ever seen!

You could always use the toothpick as an artistic tool instead.
Have you ever heard of banana art?
No joke!
Draw on a banana with a toothpick. The toothpick marks will turn brown.

Flickr photo by Jun Gil [*]wanderlust[*]
Of course, this art has limited shelf life.
But it is eye catching!

Flickr photo by Gil Silvers
Or take your toothpick to a latte, and see what designs you can make.

Flickr photo by Langdon*
Mmm, coffee!
I must go have some. No toothpick needed.

Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!
And try this toothpick magic trick! It's fun and easy and a great use of toothpicks!
All you need is water and five toothpicks, broken in the middle into V's, arranged with the points inward.
The video explains the rest.
Have fun!

Love, Becky


jama said...

"Toothpicks bobbing in their mouths" really bugs me!! It's almost as bad as spitting on the sidewalk. You never see women doing either of these things. Fun post!! :)

LW said...

I made one of those toothpick trees in Girl Scouts many years ago. And we did spay them with
fake snow. We also hung tiny ornaments on them make from one those mercury glass garlands, which we cut.
Your know the ones that fetch a high price on eBay …

Love the toothpick star trick.
Hate when men do the public tooth pick thing.
Do diners still keep a container of toothpicks by the cash register?


Silicon Valley Diva said...

Oh yeah, hear you on pet peeve. My husband is a big offender, I'm afraid. He says he does it though because he used to smoke.

The other day my 4 year old son wanted to put one in his mouth too. I said no way LOL.

adrienne said...

I've gotta try that star trick!
It almost got my mind off that toothbrush. Ouch!

CC said...

These are amazing! i've never heard of toothpick art!

TattingChic said...

I have a sad toothpick art story about a gal in my 1st grade glass who brought her dad for show and tell to bring this gigantic ship he made with toothpicks. When we asked him where he found all the time to make the toothpick ship he told us that he just got out of prison. Not only were we mortified as 6 year olds, but I realized that it sure explained a lot about the confused angry kid who brought him for show and tell. Toothpick art just hasn't been the same for me ever since.

Later my mother showed me a bowl that my grandfather fashioned out of popsickle sticks. When I asked her how long he had spend in prison I got yelled at for being disrespectful, LOL!

Life! LOL!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Very interesting TC!
That spider was a piece of prison art too!

And Silicon Valley Diva, if my hubby traded cigarettes for toothpicks, he could chew on whatever toothpicks he wanted! :) Good for him!

JaxPop said...

Ya know - I resisted making a not so kind comment about Susan B Anthony's profile - 'cause I know most of your blog followers are WIMMIN.

So now your gonna COMPLAIN about toothpicks & guys. Rebecca - Helloooo - you're in the SOUTH. Toothpicks, spittin' on sidewalks, Skoal, all that stuff - it's, it's, it's manly!!! Get a grip.

Okay - I don't chew toothpicks or spit on sidewalks (or in foam cups) but I had to defend the American Male. Tanner - stand up for your rights!!!

lotusgirl said...

funny! My dog loves doing the same with sticks. It cracks me up when she gets one stuck in her teeth and shakes her head and paws at her mouth. Thank heaven that I haven't had to go dig any of those things out yet.

It's so nice to hear you calling your mama, "Mama." I had the first chapter of my novel critted a little while back and my MC calls her parents Mama and Daddy. One of the critters thought that she was 4. She was not talking like a 4 year old or acting like a 4 year old. Puh lease!! I still call my parents Mama and Daddy, and I'm 43. It's not just a little kid thing.

Linda Crispell said...

The cleaning of ones teeth should be done in the privacy of a bathroom. Toothpicks are best utilized on leftover cake as devices to keep frosting from glooping on plastic wrap.

Sherry said...

People have gotten awfully creative with toothpicks. Wow!

Hope I never have to use one of those toothbrushes, though.

Paris said...

How cool!! I have never seen anything like this before. I love it! Thanks for sharing. You simply amaze me with all the fun things you find for your posts. You rock!!! :)

Draffin Bears said...

Very clever toothpick art and thanks for sharing.

Over here we don't seem to have people with toothpicks in their teeth.
In some restuarants though I have seen a little holder with toothpicks, just in case you have some spinach or the like, in your teeth.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Kelly H-Y said...

Who knew?! And, agreed ... the whole toothpicking thing ... disgusting!

Suzie said...

That is one cool looking banana. I hate the men chewing on toothpicks too. It makes me feel like someone has scraped their nails across a chalk board

cindy said...

Good thing you don't live in Texas..."toothpicks bobbing" is almost a requirement on a male. LOL. Great post and loved the star cool was that?


Rosemary said...

Hi Becky,
I remember making snowflakes out of toothpicks.
I am catching up with the blogs after my little weekend away. Check my blog.

Susan said...

What a neat post. I can't wait to draw on a banana. Very cool. Take care, Susan.

Meredith Teagarden(The Things we Carried) said...

Too funny! My man is not from the south and he is not a toothpick user in public, but he does have his Men are from Mars ways that I will never understand!

Fete et Fleur said...

That video has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen. I'm off to try the toothpick star.


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Clair said...

Wow, I should see if I can come up with something as creative.