DIY Craft Project: How To Make Candy Trees
In the midst of the busy holiday season, have you ever found yourself in need of:
- Easy-to-make decorations and centerpieces that can be customized to fit into any décor?
- Fun craft activities and gifts that the entire family can make?
- Attractive projects that incorporate inexpensive and readily available supplies?
If so, than these delightful Candy Trees are the perfect DIY project to create with your family – to give as a gift – and to beautify your home!
Our Candy Trees were inspired by the Candy Tree Decorations our friends at Dixie Crystals created!
This fun project will delight children and non-crafters alike!
To begin with, gather your favorite Christmas candies and the cone bases you will use for your trees, as well as the supplies you need to create the Butter Cream Frosting base that will hold everything in place. Then, create the frosting and assemble the Candy Trees. You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed instructions below.
Create The Butter Cream Frosting Base
Dixie Crystal’s Basic Butter Cream Frosting Recipe is the foundation that holds this project together. For this project, we modified their recipe slightly and omitted the Vanilla Extract and Salt as they were not needed for our purposes. Still, for those who cannot resist sampling – the frosting is pretty darn delicious!
- 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, Soft
- 3 Cups Sifted Dixie Crystals Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
1. Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy.
2. Add one cup of powdered sugar and mix until light and creamy.
3. Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar alternating with milk.
4. Scrape the bowl well and whip until very light and fluffy.
Create The Candy Trees
Once you’ve made your Butter Cream Frosting, you’re ready to create your Candy Trees! You can use whatever candy you’d like to decorate your trees – we used Peppermints and M&Ms for our trees. We used inexpensive Styrofoam cones from our local craft store for our tree bases – they come in a variety of sizes!
- Peppermints and Other Christmas-Colored Candies (M&Ms, Red Hots, etc.)
- Cone/Tree Shaped Based (Styrofoam cones, paper mache cones, etc.)
- Butter Cream Frosting
1. Spread the Butter Cream Frosting on the cone.
Apply it generously and in a circular motion so that the candy will stick.
2. Attach the candy row by row. Let your trees dry overnight (we placed ours in the refrigerator).
The completed trees make lovely table and mantle centerpieces as well as delicious and festive gifts!
For more creative Christmas Crafts that your entire family will enjoy, be sure to visit the Dixie Crystals Christmas Page!
Looking for Christmas Crafts you can make with your children? Check out these Dixie Crystals Kids Kitchen Projects:
And, be sure to check out our Salt Dough Napkin Rings Tutorial as well!
Disclosure: This original post was written on behalf of our sponsor Dixie Crystals.
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