Easy Sugar Cone Christmas Trees

Easy Sugar Cone Christmas Trees

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!  This is my favorite time of year.  I love the festive decorations through the malls and homes decked out with lights.  

Along with all of the Christmas excitement, I love doing Christmas crafts and recipes.  My favorite edible craft that I have done for years, even when I taught preschool, would have to be sugar cone Christmas trees.  They are super easy to make yet so adorable.  The kids love eating their creations if you can prevent them from eating them during the process.  It’s a whole lot of sugary goodness that also make cute decorations in the home.

Things you will need: (calcuate quantity based on how many will be participating)

  • 1 Sugar Cone
  • 1 Jar of Vanilla or Buttercream Frosting (i.e. Betty Crocker, etc.)
  • Green Food coloring
  • M & M’s, gum drops, any small colorful candy pieces
  • Edible shiny silver or gold beads (optional)
  • Shredded Coconut
  • 2 Craft (popsicle) sticks or plastic knives (I usually use craft sticks with the younger crowd ages 2 to 5)
  • 2 small bowls
  • 1 sheet of paper towel, wax paper, or paper plate


  1. Separate half of the container of white frosting into one small bowl and the other half of white frosting into the other small bowl.  Place a craft stick into each bowl.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of green food coloring into one of the bowls and stir with craft stick until you reach the desired shade of green for the tree.
  3. Place a sheet of paper towel, wax paper, or paper plate on the table to begin frosting the sugar cone Christmas trees.
  4. Place two fingers into the open end of the sugar cone.  This makes for easy frosting.  You can show this route to toddlers and preschoolers, but they will most likely just want to dig in and get messy.  It’s fun and a great texture activity for them.
  5. After frosting is completed, set the sugar cone Christmas trees in standing position and begin adding assorted candies for decoration. Adding the shredded coconut adds a nice snow-flake effect.  For the white frosting, this works as a snow covered tree as well.  It’s fun to get creative with this project.
  6. Allow to set for 1 hour.  The frosting will harden and make great decorations around the home or classroom.  Most likely, the younger age groups will want to eat their creations upon completion of frosting their trees.
  7. If you will be transporting the trees, place individually in a Ziplock sandwich baggie and write the child’s name in Sharpie marker to avoid confusion if there is more than one child present for this activity.


My girls and I love doing this craft.  They certainly do make great decorations and conversation pieces.  It’s fun to get creative with the trees.  Oh, and they are yummy too!

I want to thank Leslie Green over at The Hungry Housewife, for letting me borrow her pictures of Sugar Cone Christmas Trees or A.K.A., Ice Cream Christmas Trees.  My girls and I will be doing our trees next week (which is why I don’t have my own pics as of yet).  

Do you have any creative versions of sugar cone Christmas trees that you have done in the past?  Please feel free to share with us your creations.




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Lindsey Clair

Lindsey is a homeschool mom of three in Southeast Michigan. She is the creator of Michigan blog Michigan Home Mommy Works and blogs for Homeschooling in Detroit.

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