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Christmas Table Decoration | Gumdrop Tree

Updated on March 29, 2013

Christmas Centerpieces | How to Make a Gumdrop Trees

Coming up with new, creative, yet inexpensive Christmas centerpieces or a Christmas Table Decoration for the holidays is sometimes a challenge.

Here, we will learn how to use candy and foam cones to create a fun, festive and edible Gumdrop Tree Centerpiece. This is a great Christmas craft for kids. (Just don't let them eat all the gumdrops!) There are also suggestions for other types of a candy tree with photos.

Step by step instructions and pictures of how to make a Christmas Tree of candy are included as well as some ideas to incorporate candy into your holiday decor!

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

Gumdrop Tree Supplies Needed - A Fun Christmas Table Decoration

Gumdrop Tree Supplies
Gumdrop Tree Supplies

You will need:

  • foam cone (any size you want, the one pictured is a 10" cone)
  • toothpicks
  • Pillar Candle Holder
  • Gumdrops - For the 10" cone I used 2 1/4 pounds of gumdrops or 2 1/4 bags of gumdrops)

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

"The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads."

How to Make a Gumdrop Tree - Part I - Christmas Centerpieces

How to Make a Gumdrop Tree
How to Make a Gumdrop Tree

Partially Finished Tree

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

Very simple steps to have a Gumdrop Christmas tree!

  • Unwrap your cone.
  • Break some toothpicks in half. Repeat when you run out.
  • Beginning at the bottom of the cone, stick a toothpick (pointy end) into the cone about halfway.
  • Stick a gumdrop of the protruding part of the toothpick.
  • Work your way around the bottom of the cone until you meet where you began that row.
  • Start another row, placing the toothpick above the "V" area of the gumdrop row below. (Since the gumdrops are not exactly the same size, this won't always work but it does cut down on the amount of white space showing through.)
  • Continue up the tree to the top.
  • On the top, use a large gumdrop, ribbon or a cluster of gumdrops to form a topper.

Close Up of Toothpicks

Close Up of Toothpicks
Close Up of Toothpicks

Candy Decor for Christmas - Decorate Your Christmas Table Too

A Candy Christmas theme is fun for kids of all ages. Below are just a few of the items available to make your Christmas "Sweet".

Finished Gum Drop Tree
Finished Gum Drop Tree

How to Make a Gumdrop Tree - Part II

How to Display Your Christmas Centerpiece

Once your tree is finished, simply place it on a pillar candle holder (one with a round base equal to the diameter of the cone or larger).

For further stability use a pillar holder with a built in pin in the middle of the round base or dab some hot glue on the base prior to placing the cone on top.

I used silver pillar holders in different heights as well as different height cones and made 3 candy trees I used in a grouping.

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

Supplies for your Gumdrop Tree - How to Make a Gumdrop Tree

Gather your supplies and get to building!

A few foam cones, some candy, a glue gun, toothpicks and pins can make for a fun and sweet Christmas Centerpiece!

You can use virtually any type of candy. The trees pictured use gumdrops, wintergreen lifesavers and peppermints. I had a set of 3 pillar candle holders and placed the finished trees on them.

Use them for a dining room table centerpiece, sideboard centerpiece or for your holiday buffet. Place them on a mantel or bookcase to add to the holiday spirit. Have fun!

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

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What do you think?

Would a Gumdrop Tree be an easy decoration to make?

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      3 years ago

      Where do you find gumdrops? I had a craving for them a few months ago but couldn't find them anywhere.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      A gumdrop tree would be so cool IF I could refrain from eating the gumdrops while decorating. :)

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @julieannbrady: I agree! I end up re-making this decor item more than a dozen times before Christmas! LOL We love gumdrops here!

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      8 years ago

      This would be at the top of my list ... in FACT, I am seriously thinking that this gumdrop tree will transcend Christmas and gain HUGELY in popularity throughout the year! Ho HO HO!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I love this idea!!! Yes, I would be the one to eat all of the gumdrops! LOL

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      8 years ago

      Awesome idea and lens! I'm going to try this one!

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      8 years ago from Iowa

      This is totally delightful. So simple yet elegant. Now to keep the dog from enjoying it. :)I've featured this lens in my Handmade Christmas Lensography.

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      8 years ago

      What a fun idea to make a gumdrop tree, my grandkids would love it...and yes, it would get eaten. I love gumdrops.

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      Christine Hulme 

      8 years ago from SE Kent, England

      A lovely idea that I've never seen before! Thank you for sharing!

    • GonnaFly profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      That looks so effective. Well done!

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      8 years ago

      Great idea! Thanks!

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      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      I love this idea! This would be a lot of fun to do with the grandkids. Not sure how many gumdrops would get put on the tree, though.

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      8 years ago

      I'm going to make one for my office; love it & lensrolled on Christmas Appetizer Plates!

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      8 years ago

      My gumdrop trees never looked as pretty as yours. Could it be I kept eating as I was making them. I really like the stand the trees sits on. Much better than what I have used in the past.

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @tssfacts: LOL. I can't make ANYTHING out of candy while my husband is around... I mysteriously come up short!

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @BuckHawkcenter: Thanks Susan! Congrats on your wings and thanks so much for the blessing!

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      8 years ago

      This is great. You did a marvelous job of explaining how to make the gumdrop tree. Besides, it looks yummy! Angel Blessed and featured on Angel Wings November 2010.

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      8 years ago

      Delicious!!!! The problem here is that if I make one of those it won't last 30 minutes! I will eat all the gumdrops!! Lol


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