One of the crafts I’ve been working on for our women’s ministry event tomorrow are these Christmas candy trees. I love how they turned out, and I keep thinking about “visions of sugar plums danced in their heads” every time I look at them. Not only am I pleased with how they came out, I’m also really pleased with their low cost.
After pricing styrofoam cones at the craft store, and seeing it would cost over $20 just for the cones for this project, plus the cost of candy, I knew I was going to have to get a little creative. A friend suggested plain old white bristol board. I bought a sheet for .50 at the dollar store. I rolled the bristol board into a narrow cone and stapled it. In order to get a nice even bottom, I used a little trick to trim them. I made a make-shift compass like contraption with a piece of string and a pencil. I held it at the top and drew around the bottom to ensure an even base. After it was trimmed I used a little masking tape to cover up the seam.
After securing the cones, I attached the candies with the glue gun. I used my cheapest candy on the largest trees, and found some of the candy at the dollar store to keep the costs down. The cheapest was the mini marshmallow tree. As I attached the hot glue to all those marshmallows, and the heat of the glue gun made the smell of roasted marshmallows fill the room, I definitely felt in the holiday spirit and ready for a hot chocolate! A little tip: it’s easier to attach the candy with the cone laying down on the table, especially with the heavier candies.
I love all their different textures together.
I think they look great grouped together, and can’t wait to see them with everything else on Friday night.
Here’s to a “sweet” beginning to the holiday season!
This post is linked up at Blue Cricket Design, PonyTails and FishScales, Beyond the Picket Fence, Me Making Do, Somewhat Simple, Tatertots and Jello, and Under the Table and Dreaming. This post is also linked up to The Crazy Christmas Crafters at I Heart Naptime.