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Veggie Christmas Tree

Updated on December 4, 2014

A Creative Spin on the Holiday Vegetable Platter

I've been making these Veggie Christmas Trees for a few years, now, and they are always a hit. They not only make a great centerpiece, but they are healthy, and fun to eat! It is guilt free and allergy free and it can even be vegan with a vegan dip.

It is also a great craft for children and families to work on together and you can have a healthy snack while you work!

The full tutorial is on my blog: MommyOnTheMoney.com

Just grab your favorite dip and this tree is ready to eat IF you can bear to pull it apart!

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      Tom 3 years ago

      That's Fantastic, I love the vegetable Christmas tree, being vegetarian this will be perfect for me and my girlfriend. I am looking to getting some real christmas trees myself and looking at one of these from here www.realchristmastreesmelbourne.com.au

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Saw this on Pinterest and had to take a look. Great idea I'll be sharing. Thanks.

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      iijuan12 3 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful! I think we might try to make one of these this year. I love that it is both festive and healthy!

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      blue22d 3 years ago

      So pretty and yummy. Great lens.

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      laura-an-50 3 years ago

      This is very creative. Thank you for sharing.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a neat idea wish there was a way to make this compatible with the super bowl. if there is please post

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Made this centerpiece veggie tray for a party, it turned out great!! Everyone was very impressed!! I used a small snowflake cutter to make radish snowflakes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Found on Facebook from an old school mate! I never bring anything creative to my family's Christmas Eve celebration. I can't wait to make this its seems so easy! My tray is a little to small in the center but ill make it work. Thanks for such a cool & nice way do dress up veggies! Merry Christmas

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      Scraps2treasures 4 years ago

      Wow! I am totally impressed with your creativity. I might have to make one of these this Christmas. Blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You could also use a zuchinni in the middle. One thing that might help with the sanitation issues is if you use a cake decorating nail pierced up through the center of the plate. This would provide a good spike for your "cone" and can be removed and washed. Would work with a plastic plate, not so much with somethings fancier. Have done this method for cake projects before.

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Nice lens & wonderful idea for a yummy Christmas decoration!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Blessed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Would I be able to use a photo of your finished veggie tree in a graduate school project? It would only be used internally with my professor and peers, and I would give full credit to you. The project is on how to keep healthy through the holidays. Thanks much! -Katie

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @pennyhart lm: I had the same 'problem' with my turkey platter...no one wanted to 'ruin' it. Great salad the next few days!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm so excited! Making this today and getting everything together! Great idea. We're having a church Christmas party and this will certainly add a festive look.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For the base you can use a pinapple. Sits very well, add all the veg.

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      jillian22 4 years ago

      Great way to stay healthy and still enjoy eating during the holidays!

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      cool

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I love this idea as I love fun food, and vegetables like this for parties.

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      NC Shepherd 4 years ago

      Love this! I think I'll try it.

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      fivestead 4 years ago

      very original and creative concept. nice.

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      KarenCookieJar 4 years ago

      This is such a cute idea! Love it!

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: Thank you! Yes, I'm thinking of doing a tree a little differently this year, maybe a 3D star or something...

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @JuneNash: Thank you!

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      Ibexing 4 years ago

      What a great idea, does double duty as you can make the decoration into vegetable soup afterwards.

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @Ibexing: Yes! We snacked on the veggies and tossed them into all sorts of food for a few days after.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      What a lovely idea! You could do this with other foods too.

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      That is so cool! I love it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great idea, but my family is not that fond of raw veggies, any ideas how to do it with cheeses or candy???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For peoplewho are concerned with food sanitation, you can wrap the cone in Seran wrap and use the same sugar paste that bakers use to "glue" the tree to the plate.

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      maheshbalan lm 4 years ago

      This is a superb information.thanks for sharing

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @GrowthSpark: Thank you!

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @GrowthSpark: Thank you!

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      What a great idea, looks lovely.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: not really, if your serving same day cut yr cost in half and buy reduced veggies at your local market. Replace peppers with squash [cheaper].

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great idea....also you could wrap the cone in lettuce leaves to hide the styrofoam

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      use starfriut (carambola)

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for letting me know! Yes, 1 medium (the standard size) of baby carrots. I will add that to the list right now.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This will cost about $30 to make:/

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sure wish this could have been posted so that it was "printer-friendly" without all the extra tools and buying information !!

      Thanks for posting the idea!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My four year old granddaughter wishes for giant brocolli for Christmas, LOL..I cannot wait to see her face when she sees this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @pennyhart lm: You forgot the amount of carrots in the grocery list......I am guessing 1 med bag baby carrots???????

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That is a great suggestion! I would love to know how it worked if you try it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I will try this for our church Christmas party this coming weekend. But as another commenter suggested, I will try to use a long squash as the center rather than styrofoam. Then it is 100% edible!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Instead of using the Styrofoam cone, one could use a squash, gourd, or even carrots bundled together. Just a suggestion!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Instead of using the Styrofoam cone, one could use a squash, gourd, or even carrots bundled together. Just a suggestion!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I love this; totally going to try this for one of my upcoming Christmas parties. Thanks!

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome! I hope you have fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh, I love this idea !!! Would you be agree to share it in our french raw food magazine, Le chou brave ? lechoubrave.fr Thank you for your answer ;-) Carine, carine_phung@yahoo.fr

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great idea! I will certainly bring this colourful tree to our holiday family dinner! Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I cannot wait to do this with my kids. What a cool idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this awesome idea, my kids and I will have making this for sure

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      @Expat Mamasita: Thank you!

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      I love your veggie christmas tree, it looks delicious

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      Jeri Baker 4 years ago

      I'll have to do this at Christmas. I won't have to cook, more like decorating...love it!

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      laptop 5 years ago

      What a unique and healthy idea about building a Christmas tree out of vegetables. I "liked" your lens.

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      pennyhart lm 5 years ago

      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you! I can't wait to make another one this year!

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      Totally incredible! Bravo! I love this lens and your "Christmas tree". Awesome.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      This is truly awesome!

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      pennyhart lm 5 years ago

      @achivevery: Yes, totally edible! I always have enough left over veggies from my sculptures to lay out in a tray, too, because people don't like to pull it apart. I usually end up snacking on it, tearing it apart, cooking the broccoli for the next few days!

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      achivevery 5 years ago

      Cool, still edible?

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      pennyhart lm 5 years ago

      @Lynda Makara: Thank you! So much fun to make, too. Thanks for the blessings!

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      This veggie tree is so creative. Love it! Angel blessings.

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      IbnAdams 5 years ago

      nice idea.