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 Look around your house for outdated candleholders for your tree bases, too!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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