Day 3 of the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
The goal for these 24 days is to give you ideas for hand-crafted Christmas decorations for your tree and home. Come back each day to try the next craft. 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
Today’s Christmas craft is fun for everyone! This nougat candy Christmas tree is super easy to make. It will be great decoration in your home for your Christmas party or you can take it to a party you attend to share with the rest of the revelers. My husband couldn’t wait for me to finish it so he could start eating it. 🙂
Materials and Supplies
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To make the trees you will need:
- I prefer to use Brach’s® Christmas Nougats but you can use any similarly sized wrapped candy. Quantity will vary depending on the size of tree you build. For the one in this post, I used around two-and-a-half bags or one bucket.
- Straight pins (no shorter than 1″)
- Styrofoam tree – These come in several sizes and found in the floral department of your craft store. The one in my project is 12 inches tall.
- Optional: Mini decorations and topper, craft/florist wire
Assembling the Tree
Open the bags of candy and lay them out on the table. Grab a straight pin and stick the pin through the “handle”portion of the the twisted candy wrapper. Stick the pin into the base of the tree, approximately one inch from the bottom.
Do this for another candy and stick it next to the first one. Continue in this manner all around the base of the tree. You can add the candies as loosely or densely packed as you prefer. I like to leave them a little loosely packed so I can add some decorations into the gaps, as you’ll see later.
Once the base row is complete, start on the next row up. You can make the rows as loosely or densely packed to each other as you prefer, too.
Continue to add more rows all the way to the top of the tree form.
Decorating the Tree
If you have densely packed the candies on the tree form, you may not have space for adding decorations. If you have left space, this is where you get to have fun adding mini-decorations. I used large bells and small plastic ball ornaments.
To attach the decorations, cut pieces of craft or florist wire into 4-inch lengths. Fold the wire pieces in half, add the ornament, then stick the wire into the tree form. add your ornaments until you are happy with how your tree is decorated.
Finish the Project
There are several things you can do for a tree topper. You may already have something small in your stash of Christmas ornaments that you can attach to the top of the tree. For my tree, I cut three 3-inch star shapes on my Cricut from yellow card stock, folded down the middle and glued the together with a piece of florist wire down the center. When it dried, I stuck the wire into the top of the tree.
The only thing left to do now is set it out and see the smiles.
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Love the nougat trees I will try this at Christmas. I have made the trees with peppermint candies and used the hard candy discs in red orange and yellow., plus a few butterscotch discs for contrast. Thank you for sharing this idea for the nougat tree.