Craft: Edible Christmas Tree
I love making handmade presents for family and friends. It’s a great reminder that giving gifts doesn’t need to be a major expense during the silly season and sometimes it’s the thought and the effort that goes into the gift that people will really appreciate.
This edible Christmas tree made out of lollies is so easy to make so it’s perfect if you would like to get the kids involved too.
- 1 wafer ice cream cone
- Green lollies. I used watermelon clouds that I found at the local lolly shop but you could also use green frogs or spearmint leaf lollies.
- Approximately 3 cups of pure icing sugar and a small amount of water to mix into a paste
- Plate or cake board
- 1 Piping bag or zip lock bag
- Coloured or silver sugar pearls (found in the cake section at your local supermarket)
- Clear cellophane
- Coloured ribbon or bow
- Sticky tape
- Mix the icing sugar with a small amount of water to make a paste. The thicker the better so your lollies will stick to it, but make sure it’s still very slightly runny so you can still pipe it through your piping bag.
2. Pour the icing mixture into a piping bag or a ziplock bag. If you are using the zip lock bag, use your scissors to cut a small corner off the bottom of the bag to allow the icing sugar to flow through.
3. Pipe icing sugar around the bottom of the ice cream cone and centre it onto the plate or cake board.
4. Pipe icing sugar around the bottom of the cone and place your first layer of lollies around the cone. Make sure you have enough icing sugar to hold the lollies in place. If the lollies aren’t holding you might need to add more pure icing sugar to your mixture to make it thicker.
5. Pipe another layer of icing above your first layer of lollies and around the ice cream cone and place your second layer of lollies around the cone. It’s good to try and stagger your lollies in the gaps of the first layer to give it more of a ‘tree’ effect.
6. Continue the process with icing sugar and lollies until you reach the top of the ice cream cone.
7. Cut 2 lollies in half to finish the top of the tree with the last lolly giving you the point of your Christmas tree.
8. Using the icing sugar, pipe small dots on the points of your leaves to stick on your sugar pearls.
9. Leave it to dry before wrapping in cellophane. Secure cellophane at the top with sticky tape and finish with a ribbon or bow.
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