Friday, December 20, 2013

Peppermint Tree

Many years ago, my friend and I made Peppermint Trees for table decorations for a Christmas luncheon.  Over the years I've made the Trees to give as gifts.  They are great for co-workers, friends, teachers or for someone who is hard to buy for.

Start with these basics -

I've always used hairpins, but you can use straight pins too.  I like the hairpins best because you can just pull a candy off the tree and the pin stays in place, and you don't have to worry about discarding a straight pin.

Start with the bottom layer

 You can make the candies as tight or lose as you prefer.  I like to leave a little space between rows.

The closer you get to the top, you will need to angle the pins into the styrofoam.  

Cut pieces of thin green ribbon and pull them into a knot (not too tight) 

 then insert another hairpin

 which goes right into the tree.

You can put as many or as few ribbons into the tree as you like.  I loop some ribbon and take another hairpin and stick it into the top of the tree.


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a great idea and makes a wonderful gift. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I have a little luncheon after Christmas and wanted to give them a little gift and this is perfect. Thanks so much.
Have A Very Merry Christmas.

Alycia Nichols said...

I have always wondered how these were made! What a great tutorial! Very easy to follow...even for a DIY dummy like me! :-)

Merry Christmas! I'm headed over to see your post on the flan!

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing your tutorial! Merry Christmas!

Sylvia said...

Great idea! Beautiful too!


What would be great fun to make with my Grandgirl!
Thanks for sharing!
Merry Christmas,

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a fun gift and also a fun thing to have on your desk at work! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

This brought back memories for me. My mother and I used to make a tree with jellies and gumdrops. In my mature wisdom, I think the covered mints are a little more sanitary though.

Quinn said...

What a sweet idea! I never would have thought of using hairpins but it sure is safer and simpler than straight pines!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!

Rosie M. said...

This post brought back so many wonderful memories. My Mom used to make these peppermint trees and seeing your tutorial reminded me of her and our holidays together. Thank you for that. They are fun to make and make great gifts! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

joyh82 said...

I remember making these as a kid, brings back great memories. :)