Christmas Candy Trees

Christmas Candy Trees!  My grandmother used to have gumdrop trees similar to these at Christmas every year, and I made my first ones nearly 8 years ago when John David was an infant!  Believe it or not, those trees lasted us til this year, but they were looking pretty tired, so I decided to make more!  

I love how these turned out!  You can choose any color combination you like.  With Christmas candy, there are so many great options!
For these trees, I chose red and green gumdrops, Sour Apple gummy rings (hard to find…found these at a Shell Station! and Hobby Lobby), marshmallows, and red and green peppermints.  For the cone forms, white styrofoam are best because you can see the cone through the spaces between the candies.  These pictured are from The Dollar Store and Michael’s.  
The clear glass candlesticks I found at The Dollar Store and Wal-Mart, and the large ones I already had (they were originally gold).  Each piece got a spray paint coat of glossy white paint, which turned out so fresh and clean!
You will need a glue gun and lots of glue sticks!  Begin at the bottom of your cone, and begin to glue the candies around the base.  Continue up the cone in rows in the same fashion.  The spacing at the end of the rows will not be perfect, that is okay!  Start your rows in the same area all the way up so that any gaps will be all on the same side.  You can display the “good” side.
I love the all green and white together.  Similarly, you can create your own color scheme to match your decor!  All red/white, green/white, multi-color (gumdrops), etc.

Pictured above and below are the glass candlesticks before being painted white.  
You could go with all glass stands and skip the white paint, and they would be beautiful, especially with two-toned candy selections!
These fun, whimsical trees are easy and inexpensive additions to your Christmas decor!  Look around your house for outdated candleholders for your tree bases, too!

If you decide to make one, please share the photo with us!

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  1. This looks so great! Thank you for sharing; I’m going to have to pin this one 🙂

  2. These are so cute!! I’ve been wanting to do a craft with the kiddos everyday b/f Christmas and this just may be one to use!!!

    Thank you also for praying for my mom Amanda!!! I am so grateful to you and so many others who’ve lifted her up in prayer. It means the world to me.

  3. Precious! Thank you for sharing! I want to do this with my kids!

  4. These look wonderful! Not sure I can keep the kids away from trees made of candy, but definitely an idea for when they are older! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love these! But i cannot find foam cones anywhere!!

  6. They are fabulous!!! Thanks for linking up!!

  7. You may have answered this, and I just overlooked it, but did you cover the trees with a shellac (sp?) or some kind of clear spray sealer to keep away bugs over time? Thanks so much! I may try to make these and post pics to my blog, linking back to you!

  8. Awesome, Awesome, AWESOME!!!!! These look GREAT!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!! ADORABLE!!!!!!

  9. Love these, adorable!

  10. These are so well executed! Love the glossy paint on the bases. it brought it to a new height.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  11. I love the trees. Great variety and I especially love the peppermint ones. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  12. I love this! After decorating with candy corn for Halloween I know it wouldn’t last 5 minutes in my house! But I LOVE it! I found you through Cherished Treasures. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wow!! Great and YUMMY! 😉

    I’d love to try these out!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Found you on TT&J and I’m now following! 🙂 I would love for you to come by and link this up and any other projects you have on my new “Create and Inspire” linky party! 😉

    Angie From A Little Inspiration

  14. Your candy Christmas trees are too cute. For some reason, they made me remember all the old-fashioned candy my granny would always have … the ribbon candy … thanks for the memories! Happy Seasonal Sunday!

  15. Who wouldn’t like a candy tree! Very cute, indeed…

  16. Love your trees! So festive. Found you at You’re talking too much! Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Precious!!!!

  18. I love this spin on the decorative christmas trees!

  19. This is such a great idea and I love that it doesn’t cost must! What a fun thing to do when I have my nephews over during the holidays. 🙂

    P.S. I loved this project so much, I shared it on my blog. I think my readers will enjoy it too!

  20. Love them! Will have to try to squeeze these in before Christmas!

  21. These are just great!
    Please share these at:

  22. So cute!
    Last year we made a Pez Christmas Tree.

  23. These are adorable! I just love the pattern that is made with the candy. Great job! How to you store them without bugs eating them? Visiting from Dittle Dattle.

  24. super cute! I just made peppermint topiaries! Love crafting with candy, so much fun! Visiting from Tip Junkie!

  25. These are great! I looked high and low for green mints for my candy and gumdrop tablescape and couldn’t find them. Glad to see someone can still get them.

  26. SO darling!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! (and red during the holidays!)

  27. These are adorable Amanda! I’d love it if you shared these at a Link Party that just began at Project Queen.
    I’m your newest follower and enjoyed seeing all of your projects.
    Can’t wait to see what’s next ;-).

  28. I’m sort of catching up with your posts…I totally love these trees. Very Martha Stewart! I also like that you made so many and grouped them together. Quite a statement…

  29. These are perfect!! They turned out so great! New follower here. Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now 🙂

    Have a great week!!

  30. Those are so cute!! I love how they turned out!

  31. These trees are so pretty!! And they look pretty simple to make too – that’s always a bonus.

  32. very fun and yummy! I’d love for you to link this up to my Christmas Linky Carnival.

  33. How fun, Amanda! These look so festive and fun!

  34. You have such a beautiful blog! You are the most clicked on linky at the Meet Me Monday party! Great project. Thank you so much for sharing your candy trees! Love, Me

  35. these are so so cute I’d love you to add it to what we wore and made party over at

  36. These are just stunning! I will be doing this fun project with my grandchildren when we arrive the week before Christmas!

  37. Great idea…and delicous too! How many did you eat while making those? lol My kids would LOVE these!

  38. Very pretty! My favorites are the peppermints—but, I love them all and yum!

  39. Your trees are adorable! I love how you used an assortment of candies!

    I’d love for you to come by and link up at my Friday Favorites party!

  40. These are seriously darling! I love the red and green peppermint ones! I am bookmarking these to make . . . they would look so cute on my mantel! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We hope that you will come back tomorrow and share more of you amazing ideas!
    Camille @

  41. Yum, yum, yum, yum! They are all so adorable and cute! I could do this with my oldest kiddo. Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party?

  42. You are being featured on Meet Me Monday linky party tonight! Hope to see you link up and see what else you have been up to! Love, Me

  43. So cute, what a great idea! I am featuring you at my party this week. It will be up Tuesday evening:) Thanks for linking up!

  44. Your super fun trees are a featured link this week from Bedazzle Me Monday! Feel free to stop by and grab a button 🙂

    Have a great week!!

  45. Hi Amanda,
    I saw these featured over at Everything Under The Moon…Such a very cute and fun project to do as a family… Just signed up to become your newest follower… 🙂

  46. Thanks for linking up with me last week for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you in this week’s special Holly Bloggy Christmas Edition!

  47. These are adorable-found you from beneath My heart and I’m your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

  48. Do you glue your trees to the bases, or just sit them on top each year? My sister made one with beads and vintage jewelry, but the hot glue wasn’t strong enough and it never stuck to the candle stick well. I re-glued with Goop glue (in a purple tube) and it’s great.

    • Hi Laurie,
      I did not glue them. They stayed put just fine. Plus I wasn’t sure if I’d want to move them around and even place them directly on the mantel or counter later. Thanks for stopping by!

  49. Hi Amanda! I LOVE these trees! They are so cute and would make great holiday gifts! I love your website. Your sister Katie is such a blessing in my life! I hope you and I can meet soon!!

    Sarah Anderson

  50. Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on my Christmas tree craft collection.
    Please grab a featured button from my side bar when you get a chance. Thanks

  51. Lisa B. says:

    I made some of these last year and I found that covering the Styrofoam base all over in little overlapping pieces of red duct tape like a patchwork quilt. It made the “gaps” between the candies look glossy, like they were meant to be seen, and it also added another pop of color. You could pick a different color like green. I also sprayed mine when they were finished with Krylon brand “Preserve It” so they won’t get sticky or discolor.

    • Great ideas! I will be making another one for Valentines this year for sure, as our recent move was not kind to my Conversation Heart Tree:(. Thanks for the ideas!


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