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Gumdrop Trees: A Sweet Holiday Craft Using Candy
Christmas Gumdrop Tree
Making a gumdrop tree for Christmas was a holiday tradition when I was a kid. When the Christmas boxes came down from the attic every year, I was most excited for my mom to unpack a simple Styrofoam cone. She would wrap it in red tissue paper and sit me down at the kitchen table with some toothpicks and a bag of gumdrops purchased especially for that moment. I would take my time and enjoy myself. My dad would walk by from time to time and snag a gumdrop and of course I'd say, "Hey!! Those are for my gumdrop tree!" Preparing this craft for this article was very fun and nostalgic-- my husband even walked by and took some gumdrops not knowing that too was part of the tradition.
Use seasonal candies that reflect the winter holidays--
- mini marshmallows
- candy canes
- ribbon candy
the gumdrop tree
You will need:
- Styrofoam cone
- tissue paper
- scotch tape
- Styrofoam cones come in different sizes. The two sizes I used in this hub were 9" and 12". You can find them in the floral department of your local craft store. They usually come in green or white.
- You don't have to use tissue paper, but I prefer to. Are you preparing this candy tree to serve at a holiday party? It might look nicer with tissue paper showing as the candy is removed from the tree. The Styrofoam look isn't very pretty. It's also almost impossible to get every inch of that cone covered with candy, so keep that in mind when choosing a color to use. A little bit will show. use a color that compliments your design.
- If you don't like spice drops or gumdrops, use Dots or even mini marshmallows coated with Jell-o sugar.
spice drops or gum drops
How to Make a Gum Drop Tree
Step 1: Wrap your Styrofoam cone using tissue paper and scotch tape. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Step 2: Decorate your base with gumdrops using the toothpicks. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Toothpicks can be cut in half with scissors if too long. If your tree is purely for holiday décor, you can use hot glue instead of toothpicks.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Step 4: Preserve. If you won't be eating the candy on your tree, protect it with a glossy spray sealer. I like Aleene's Final Step Spray Acrylic Sealer in Gloss Finish. When it's time to pack up the holiday decorations, store your tree in a Ziploc bag or airtight container to keep out bugs and critters.
Halloween TreeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Halloween Gum Drop Tree
Candies I used:
- Marshmallow Peeps
- Crows (licorice-flavored Dots)
- Spice Drops
- Black Raspberry Candies (they come in a bag of red and black candies)
Use other festive treats to decorate your tree--
- candy corn
Gumdrop Tree Centerpiece
Whether you call them spice drops, gum drops or gumdrops, they're absolutely suited for this fun holiday craft. Have fun making this sweet tree and turn it in to your own family tradition.