Of all the Christmas Crafts I’ve done, discovered, invented, re-invented, seen, and participated in – this is probably one of the best I’ve ever actually executed. For a large group (25 fifth graders) or a few kiddos at home it is easily organized, cute and tasty!
Cone Shaped Ice Cream Cones ( 1 per tree)
Heavy Duty paper or styrofoam plates
white icing (canned is fine)
green food coloring (or any color!)
hot glue gun & glue sticks
assorted small candies to decorate with
Glue the large end of the cone to the plate by applying glue to the rim of the cone and pressing gently but firmly to the plate. If using a high heat glue gun and styrofoam plates, apply the glue to the cone rim and let cool for just a moment before attaching to prevent the plate from melting.
Tint the icing with the green food coloring. If using a canned frosting, add a few drops of food coloring right into the can and stir vigorously with the spoon until a desirable color of green is attained.
Distribute icing into zip top baggies – one per participant. One can of frosting is enough for about three generously icing-ed trees. FYI: Adding frosting to the baggies after it has been emptied is a challenge. Just use a new one!
Snip the corner of the baggie to use it as a pastry bag to pipe the icing onto the cone. The icing will not harden or set! (If you’d like it to harden or set look for a royal icing recipe you’re comfortable with!)
Decorate your tree with the candy. In the picture above, the “presents” are mini Snickers with Twizzler bows and the “star” is a yellow Sour Patch Kid.
If doing this with a large group it is helpful to have the cones glued down on plates that are relabeled with names, the icing mixed and in baggies (with corners intact) and the candy distributed in cups.