These trees are such a fun project to do with the family – especially the kids. And they really can go with just about any decor depending on the color gumdrops you choose to use. You could make mini ones to give your children’s teachers or school friends … even neighbors.
All you need to make these sweet decorations is:
I prefer to break the toothpicks in half – it makes them easier to stick into the cones in my opinion. But, I would recommend an adult or teenager finish this task, as the broken ends can be quite sharp.
Large gumdrops can be hard to find. Usually Walgreens has bags of them for a reasonable price. And – just a tip – purchase more than you think you’ll need. I had to use 2 bags of small gumdrops for the medium tree, and almost 5 bags of giant gumdrops for the big tree!
Push the broken end of the toothpicks into the tree, and then stick the gumdrops onto the point. You can do this in any pattern you’d like. I usually start at the base and work my way up in rounds until the whole tree is covered.
And there you have it – a whimsical Christmas decoration the whole family is sure to love! If you live in an area where ants are prevalent, you might want to cover the tree in shellac to protect it.