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Rock Candy Christmas Tree Craft

Maddy from Somewhere Splendid and Shauna from Sweet Tooth: Dessert Meets Design sent over this fun Rock Candy Cone Tree DIY tutorial… how SWEET is this idea?! These sugary, sparkly trees would be perfect accent decor for a holiday dessert table – or as sweet centerpieces for any holiday party or winter bridal shower!

{BTW -The gorgeous Winter Wonderland Dessert Table that I featured on last year was also courtesy of Maddy – and would actually pair up nicely with this new idea!}

Find full DIY details on the cone trees below:



{by Shauna Younge & Maddy Hague}

– floral cone forms in varying heights
– rock candy crystals in three or more colors
– hot glue
– solid text weight paper in your lightest hue
– spray adhesive
– cookie sheet

With the cookie sheet turned horizontally, pour your rock candy across the surface in a long line. The darkest color of rock candy should be at the bottom of the cookie sheet. The row of candy above your first should be slightly lighter than and flush with the previous row. Repeat this process, ending with the lightest shade of candy on the top row. Set aside.

Turn the paper to a landscape orientation and wrap around each cone. Slightly overlap the paper in the back of the cone and secure using hot glue. Do not apply hot glue directly to the cone, it will melt. Trim excess paper at the bottom of the cone. You may need two sheets of paper to cover each cone. If so, overlap the two sheets slightly to avoid a gap of Styrofoam peeking through.

Working quickly, spray the cone with the spray adhesive, and roll it through the rock candy to completely cover it with gradients of sugary color. Allow cone to dry before re-spraying or re-rolling. You can also use hot glue to fill in any empty spots.

Once your cones are finished, you’re ready to decorate your mantle or tabletop with a yummy collection of candy coated trees!


Photography: Somewhere Splendid