Thursday, December 18, 2008

Peppermint Trees for under $5 each!

I came across this idea on HGTV the other day and thought I would give it a try. I think they look so festive - a great centerpiece during the holidays! I finally "hunkered" down last night and made a few trees and they were so easy! I couldn't get my camera to download so I found some photos online to share.

*6-x-3 white Styrofoam cone
*9-x-3 white Styrofoam cone
*12-x-3 white Styrofoam cone
*3 candleholders made to hold 3-inch pillar candles
*Red and white candies: round peppermints, red hots, candy canes
*Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
I picked up my Styrofoam cones and my bags of candy from the Dollar Tree for $1 each!
First, take all of your peppermints out of their wrappings. Lay aside. Plug in your hot glue gun so it can be warming up.
Take each peppermint, dab a bit of glue on the flat side and press it onto the bottom of the Strofoam. You will want to start at the base and go all the way around with peppermints. Once you get all the way around, if a full peppermint will not fit, don't worry, just break one in half. Start on the next row. Be sure to fill in the peppermint in the grooves of the previous row. Do not put them directly on top of each other. Continue going row to row until you get to the top. You can top your tree off any way you like. I stood a peppermint on it's end and glued it to the very top of the cone (almost like a tree topper).

You can do all three cones the same way or you can use different types of candies. The picture shows one tree with peppermints, one with red hots, and one with miniature candy canes.

Tip #1: When making the "Red Hot" tree, you may want to paint the foam cone red before you start gluing the candy to the tree. This way you do not have as much white showing behind the candies.

Tip #2: The miniature candy cane tree takes a little more time because you have to line up the canes and be sure to allow room for the next rows canes to be glued.

The candy cane tree was topped with ribbon just tied in a bow. Any way you want to top them will be perfect!Now, you can put your trees onto your candle holders and enjoy a beautiful centerpiece! If you don't have candle holders, just put them on a plate and sprinkle the base with candies or ornaments! These make great gifts too! Just wrap them in cellophane and top with a festive bow! VIOLA! I think they are perfect for teacher gifts or even a small thank you to the party host!Hope you enjoy!

17 friends had to say:

Kindra said...

Those are so cute! Kellon would love to make one of these. Of course, lick a few, too. LOL

Karen said...

So cute! I'm getting into the spirit of Christmas, but nope, don't have the shopping done LOL!

Janene said...

Those look wonderful!
I am running out of time to make those this year...but definately a good idea for next year!
Or maybe this would be a good thing for the kids to do during winter break...That's It!!!!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Great ideas!

Kath said...

Hi Nicole-
Those are too cute! Great idea-thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas~Kath

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Those look awesome and I bet are fun to make! Thanks for posting about this!

Have a great weekend!

Mandie said...

Happy Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday and bright new year!


the primitive country bug said...

Ooooh, those trees are so SWEET! I love all of them. I wonder how they'd keep, so you can use them from year to year. It looks like it was a lot of work, but well worth it.
Thanks for a great tutorial!
Hugs & blessings to you~ Birgit

Farmchick said...

Oh those are just adorable. Thanks for sharing!! Merry Christmas to you and yours....

Sue said...

Nicole these trees are fabulous! I have to make these when Amelia is a little bit older, she would love them! Have a very Merry Christmas!! xo Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi Nicole,
Just wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

primlin56 said...

hi there....i just wanted to pop in and wish you a happy new years and to say thanks for being my blog buddie.....i really enjoy keeping up with you and your family and i also enjoy seeing what you are up to each's to another great year!!!!!!

Farmchick said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

Hearts At Home said...

These are beautiful! I printed your page and put it in my book of Christmas ideas for next year. Thanks!
Happy New Year!

AnnaSam said...

Happy new Year and I hope everything is o.k can't wait to see you back. Have a Blessed day!

Kath said...

Hey girl-just checkin on ya...miss seeing ya around blogland...hope things are ok for ya?

Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

Hello just passing by, I am new here and trying to navigate hasn't been so easy...lols..but slowly I catch on. I love that idea with the pepperments I saw it on hgtv too but I didn't do any this year I may try that next season. Thanks for sharing.