Candy Christmas Trees Holiday Centerpiece

Candy Christmas Trees Holiday Centerpiece

I have always wanted to do an elaborate candy centerpiece or table for Christmas. I am guilty of having a bit of a sweet tooth, so this appeals to me on so many different levels. There’s nothing like a candy shop to bring out the kid in all of us. Although a bit of a tedious project, I’m super pleased with how this Candy Christmas Trees Holiday Centerpiece turned out.

On this project, I was totally winging it and ended up with too much of some things and making a second trip to the store for others. I’ll share with you exactly what I used, so you will have just what you need without any waste. There is no skill involved in making these candy Christmas trees, just a little bit of patience. I probably spent about 2 1/2 hours on this project, but it was well worth it.

I had considered making these edible by covering the cones with plastic and using a butter cream icing as the glue, but decided to go the hot glue gun route instead in hopes that they’ll last a little longer.

Here’s What You’ll Need

hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks
15 inch styrofoam cone
8 7/8 inch styrofoam cone
6 inch styrofoam cone
1/2 of a 12.6 ounce package M&M’s
3 (9.5 ounce) bags spice drops
2 (34.5 ounce) soft peppermints (I used about 1 1/2 tubs)

Beginning at the bottom of each cone, using a hot glue gun, glue on each piece of candy. Work your way all the way around the cone, then start with the next row of candy. Try to glue each piece of candy as closely together as possible. There will be some gaps, but don’t worry about that – it will look fine. I used green styrofoam cones, so this didn’t bother me so much. Continue until your cones are covered completely. Like I said… this is a very simple project, just a little time consuming.

What do you think? How are you decorating this holiday season?

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  1. Oh my goodness these are too cute and something I can do!! Love!

  2. Those are so much fun! Looks like a great craft!

  3. Those are so pretty, and not too hard to make! They are going to look great as decorations this Christmas

  4. These are the cutest ideas!!

  5. this is a beautiful centerpiece!

  6. Very pretty. I never would have thought of that.

  7. These are very cute! I am worried to decorate with candy because I don’t think the cat would leave it alone.

  8. pottymouthmommy says:

    Sacrilege!!! I think my husband and daughters (the boy is too young for candy yet) would all divorce me and kick me out of the house if I made m & m’s inedible. These are super adorable though, and I’d definitely be willing to do them with the icing instead! They def. wouldn’t last long in this house though! Heck, even using glue I’d have to put them up really really high or my two year old would probably have them half-gone inside of 10mins.

  9. I use to make these gumdrop trees with my grandmother at christmas time… many special memories of crafting with her. Oh and by the way my girlfriend and I just made several of the gumdrop trees last week!…LOL

  10. Joni Mason says:

    What a neat idea! This will be a great project with the kids, if I can keep them from eating the candy! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Maddie K. says:

    Oh your candy trees came out so cute. You know, if you want them edible you can use royal icing as the “glue” rather than using hot glue, which isn’t edible.

  12. These are so creative! I love them!

  13. Charlie Miliner says:

    Wow these looks amazing!

  14. Really neat idea! I also like the idea someone mentioned of using icing instead of glue -then you can still enjoy the candy!

  15. carla bonesteel says:

    These are so beautiful! You can pretty much use any candy you like, and make endless different trees…I love this idea, and I’m making some for my family get together!

  16. Wow just the post that I needed. My daughter has a project for school that she needs to turn in on Monday and we were just at a loss of what to do. I talk your pictures on your blog and you inspired us. Thank you so much. Now we know what we can do this for my daughters project. You are a life saver

  17. Charlie Miliner says:

    I was with you on this one, until I found out I have to glue the candy! I do like the idea though. They look really good!

  18. These are so cute, I bet my grandson Ian would love to put together a couple of these with me. Thanks for the ideas. :)

  19. Krissy Carr says:

    I absolutely love this idea! I get so jealous of all the crafty people. Honestly, why couldn’t I come up with this?? It so pretty and my kids could even do it with me.
    You gave me some great ideas and I plan on using them with my kids during these snow days!

  20. samantha garcia says:

    love this idea gonna make them for my Christmas party to decorate

  21. Sandy Cain says:

    You have the BEST holiday decorating ideas – Martha Stewart has nothing on you. I can’t believe all the gorgeous things you make. YOU should have your own show! The only problem with this is that some people in my house (no names!) would eat the candy, glue and all !

  22. Carolann Leibenguth says:

    Finally a craft I can tackle and not mess up lol. I love crafts and they are always so expensive but this is one that just looks expensive. I have a new project for my next snow day.


  24. I would love to make this for my holiday table center piece. It looks so easy and chic. :)

  25. These are just adorable! I have seen people wrap the cones with ribbon or burlap, but not with candy. And the tip to cover with plastic wrap and use frosting as the glue: genius! Thank you for sharing such fun, festive, easy decorating ideas! I may just pick some supplies up for this and have some fun with my daughters this weekend, making these cute centerpieces.

  26. Ioana Hampton says:

    I absolutely love these! I love the idea of using candy to create the trees (plus frosting for glue=awesome!) You can probably also make a gingerbread tree using this technique. :)

  27. So cute! I made some a few years back using Hershey’s kisses and toothpicks on a green Styrofoam cone.

  28. They are so so cute! Its like the Candy Land Game has come to life!

  29. Denise Osborn says:

    My granddaughters are going to love making these trees. I love to do crafts with the girls. They are 6 years old and 10 years old. This will be a perfect thing that both can make.

  30. Thank you for linking at Wake up Wednesday! I love these. So easy yet so festive!

  31. These are SO cute!!! I will definitely have the kids help me make some. How fun!

  32. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Saturday

  33. What a fun project! I’m going to try it next year when my little boy is a bit older and can enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Oh my! They look incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We always love partying with you, I hope to see you Monday at 7 pm at our party. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  35. Thanks so much for sharing your post at the Say G’day link up. I love this centerpiece!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  36. These are great – I love this idea. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  37. Fee Roberts says:

    These are adorable. I’ll have to try and make these for Christmas next year.

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