Sugar Cone Christmas Tree Craft for an Easy Holiday Party

Sugar Cone easy Christmas trees for a fun and simple alternative to gingerbread houses with the kids for holiday parties! plus tips on decorating - www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

You may have already seen this fun idea of simply spreading frosting on an upside down sugar cone to create a tree.  I first saw this clever concept, years ago, when my daughter and I went to a Gingerbread House Function. I thought is was so much fun, and have always wanted to do it. Well…this year, was our year to finally do it. Honestly, I don’t know what took me so long. They still had a ton of fun decorating the tree, and didn’t miss the graham cracker house at all! Come on in, I have some fun updated pictures for this older post to share with you:

Sugar Cone easy Christmas trees for a fun and simple alternative to gingerbread houses with the kids for holiday parties! plus tips on decorating - www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

This year, I found these beautiful round rustic wood chargers in the dollar bins at Target, which I love. Below, (in my older post) I used skinnier platters. With 4 kids, I needed to conserve on space. 

For this fun alternative to Gingerbread Houses: Sugar Cone Christmas Trees You’ll Need:

  • Sugar cones
  • green frosting
  • white frosting
  • powdered sugar – you’ll want about 3/4 cup per frosting container
  • spreading utensils
  • a platter or paper plate to decorate on
  • assorted candies to decorate with
  • optional: coconut flakes for snow, and more powdered sugar, little pre-made gingerbread houses ( I find mine at the Dollar Tree), little gingerbread people – I found some made by Wilton 
  • Sugar Cone Christmas Trees, Dollar Tree gingerbread houses, and coconut snow! So pretty, and so easy to do!
  • This is my older post picture. Do you see the store bought gingerbread houses? I decided to keep things really simple and buy the Gingerbread Houses at the Dollar Tree that year. I’ve been doing it ever since. They are so cute in front of the sugar cone trees. 
  • Sugar Cone Christmas Trees, Dollar Tree gingerbread houses, and coconut snow! So pretty, and so easy to do!
  • I like to mix powdered sugar with the frosting. It thickens it up, and everything stays on better.
  • You’ll want to spread white frosting on the plate, so the tree, and optional decorations stick to the plate and don’t slide off
  • Then just let the kids spread frosting on their trees, and decorate with candy
  • Sugar Cone Christmas Trees, Dollar Tree gingerbread houses, and coconut snow! So pretty, and so easy to do!
  • Don’t forget to have candy ready
    With my four kids, I like to divide it up for them. There is less fighting that way. Yes, they fight like the best of them. Even at Christmas! 
  • When I have hosted class parties, I would divide candy and frosting up for each table
  • I would even go as far as putting frosting in individual Dixie Cups. You wouldn’t believe the taste testing that goes on! Nobody wants to take a holiday virus home, so I would strongly recommend this idea! 
  • Sugar Cone Christmas Trees, Dollar Tree gingerbread houses, and coconut snow! So pretty, and so easy to do!
  • This is a fun idea for decorating. Use coconut flakes! I love how Michael just sprinkled snow (coconut flakes) over his tree and yard.

Sugar Cone easy Christmas trees for a fun and simple alternative to gingerbread houses with the kids for holiday parties! plus tips on decorating - www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

  • We also like to shake powdered sugar over the trees for a sweet snow look

Sugar Cone easy Christmas trees for a fun and simple alternative to gingerbread houses with the kids for holiday parties! plus tips on decorating - www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

  • I completely forgot about the coconut flakes this year

Sugar Cone easy Christmas trees for a fun and simple alternative to gingerbread houses with the kids for holiday parties! plus tips on decorating - www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

  • It doesn’t look like Connor forgot one single piece of candy for his display! He keeps asking when we get to eat the displays. His display keeps shrinking, too. I think he is secretly sneaking pieces to eat.

Merry Christmas everyone &  Happy Holidays! 

 

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

Sugar Cone Christmas Trees, Dollar Tree gingerbread houses, and coconut snow! So pretty, and so easy to do!


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