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2X4: Four New Toothpick Tricks

Toothpicks are lean, mean, household-helping machines! You can light candles, make appetizers and paint furniture with little more than a box of toothpicks. Try one of these four toothpick tricks:

1) Make Caprese Pops. This appetizer might be simple, but it’s also fresh and delicious! Before the summer party season ends, throw a dinner soiree and impress your guests with these colorful, easy-to-make caprese pops. All you need are cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, lemon zest, a little bit of olive oil, parsley and, of course, toothpicks! Compile your pop and then stick it with the wooden pick. For more detailed directions, visit: L’Exquisit.

2) Clean Your Phone. Whether you talk on an old-school rotary dial or gossip on a sleek smart phone, it’s hard to keep it clean. Toxic cleaners can ruin your electronics and dusters only move the dirt from the “one” button to the “two.” Instead, clean your phone with a toothpick. Dip the tip of the toothpick in rubbing alcohol and slowly clean around your push buttons or the edge of your smart phone. The rubbing alcohol will evaporate quickly, so don’t worry, it won’t harm your electronics.

3) Touch Up Furniture. Next time you scrape your chair leg or chip the paint on your dining room table, reach for a box of toothpicks instead of a paintbrush. You’ll have more control over the area you’re retouching, and will be able to focus on detailed spots instead of unnecessarily covering large areas. Simply dip one end of the toothpick into the paint or wood stain you’re using, and then slowly cover the scraped or scratched area. For more furniture restoration tips, read: 3 Ways To De-Stink And Un-Funk Vintage Furniture.

4) Light Candles. As we get older, our birthday cakes get brighter! Instead of wasting half a dozen matches next time you’re lighting a celebratory cake or candle-filled centerpiece, use toothpicks to spread the light. Because toothpicks burn slower and are longer than matches, they make it easy to light several candles in one swipe. As always, be aware of fire safety when dealing with candles. For more information, read: DIY Candle Holders and Fire Safety Tips.

More toothpick appetizer ideas:

If you like toothpick appetizers, check out 12 New Ways To Use Toothpicks And Fun With Finger Food.
Olive, Cream Cheese and Carrot Penguins @ Once Upon a Plate
Puffy Pesto Shrimp Bites @ Multiply Delicious
Rainbow Cubes @ Hungry Rabbit NYC
Mini Breakfast Waffles on a Stick @ The Family Kitchen
Mini Burgers @ MidCourse Corrections
Bite-Size Cherry PopTart Pops @ Bakerella
Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites @ The Kitchn
Caramel Apple Bites @ Juxtapose
Pecan-rolled Goat Cheese Grapes @ SweetiePiePumpkinNoodle
Pie Pops @ Curbly
Party Toothpick @ Young Entrepreneur
Mini Cinnamon Rolls-On-A-Stick @ ArtisanBreadInFive
Bacon-Wrapped Mushrooms with Artichoke Stuffing @ PatioDaddioBBQ
Shell-tipped Arty Toothpick Bites @ DeliCooks
Funfetti-Cheesecake Pops @ Baker's Royale
Pizza on a Stick @ ArtisanBreadInFive

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