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How to Make Sweet Trees

Updated on March 17, 2016
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Make Sweet Trees

Sweet Topiary Trees

Sweet or candy trees are a unique centre piece for any party. They are unusual and interesting and something which is fun to make.

Sweet topiary trees can be made in any design depending on the occasion. They are simply handcrafted decorations in the shape of a tree covered in sweets or lollipops. They look effective on tables at weddings, christenings or birthday parties, and a great idea for children.

As well as looking quite cute in the centre of your table, they also have a function at the end when guests come to eat the sweets!

There are many people who make these and sell them. They can have any sweet you wish such as lollies in the colour of your choice, marshmallows, luxury chocolates or smarties. To make them more elegant, add ribbons, bows or paper flowers. Put them in a nice base such as a glass vase or coloured pot and decorate the stems.

For children’s parties make them bright and fun and even make the tree into the shape of the child’s initial.

There are so many different ways to make sweet trees.

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What do I Need to Make Sweet Trees?

You will need:

  • A pot or vase. This will be the base so choose the colour and style according to the celebration. You can use a new flower pot and decorate it or buy coloured buckets.
  • Plaster of Paris or Concrete. This will hold everything in place.
  • Sticks or Doweling. This is the tree trunk.
  • Polystyrene balls or Flower Oasis. Choose the shape you want.
  • Sweets of your choice.
  • Ribbon, tissue paper or anything else you wish to decorate your tree.

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How do I Make Sweet Trees?

Prepare you pot by filling halfway with plaster of Paris or concrete. It may not look very attractive but you can cover it over later on.

Place your stick into the pot and let it set. Ensure the stick is straight!

If you have a wooden stick you can always paint it if you prefer.

Leave them for a couple of days to set properly.

Next decorate your polystyrene or oasis ball. Cover it with tissue paper if you are worried about gaps, glue the tissue paper with a glue stick.

If you are using sweets such as mini packets of Love Hearts or Liquorice Allsorts you can use a cocktail stick to secure. But be careful if small children are eating the sweets as they are sharp.

Alternatively use edible sugar glue (or craft glue if they are in wrappers).

If you use lollipops just poke them straight into the ball. They will remain secure.

If you choose to cover the whole of the polystyrene with lollies or sweets you will need a lot if you don’t want gaps. You can use less if you put tissue paper flowers or bows in between the sweets. You can also make petals with tissue paper and put the sweets in the centre to look like flowers.

Use different sweets if you want it more decorative or make flower shapes using coloured sugar coated chocolates.

Once you have finished the top, poke it into the stick making sure it is secured. Decorate the stem with ribbon and cover the plaster of Paris or concrete with more sweets, confetti or shredded tissue.

They are then ready to go on the tables! Make a few for a nice effect either all the same or different.

For a wedding, go with your colour scheme. They make a nice alternative to flowers and can be made in advance. If your sweets are not in wrappers, just cover it over in cellophane until the big day.

Then wait and see what the guests think!

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      Sophie 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, this is an incredible idea, I have never heard of it! But in the near future I will surely give it a try - probably will make a nice gift for my mom :).

      Thank you very much for sharing!

      Voted up + awesome!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub with an uniquely creative idea - sweet tree! Your directions are clearly explained with helpful photos, followed by an equally engaging video! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, socially shared and pinned

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you zsobig and ishwaryaa22! I'm so glad my trees were a success - they will be used for my wedding next week!

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      Sophie 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, double congrats then! :)

      I got married 3 weeks ago. If I can give you an advice: enjoy your wedding to the fullest, as it will end way too early :). This is my experience.

      Good luck and I wish you loads of happiness!

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Congrats to you as well! Thank you for the advice. I am very nervous but everyone says the day just whizzes by. I will savour every moment, thanks x

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      Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

      Wow..great work. Nice pics and love the page divider too :)

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      How lovely! Thanks for the instructions and photos. Rated up and tweeted!

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you so much Om and Riverfish. When I first saw these sweet trees I was inspired to make them myself.

      Thanks for your comments and tweet!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Wow, this is something I've never heard of. What a great gift idea and fun to make! Shared and bookmarked!

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      They would make great presents. They went down a treat at my wedding yesterday! Thanks for sharing :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      By now I am guessing that you are married. Congratulations. I think these are wonderful decorations for a wedding. Wishing you and your hubby a long life of happiness together. Many sweet returns!

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi homesteadbound - yes we got married yesterday! Thank you for your kind words :)

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      Those are so very cute, Emma! Those would make great decorations for a party... I might make some black/orange ones for Halloween decorations!

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Leah, that's such a cool idea. The kids would love that! They are such a good idea for different occasions and parties. I may make more for my son's Birthday at the end of the year.

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      Ante Rajic 4 years ago from Croatia

      Cool, maybe in the future I'll also do some gardening

      Voted up

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks for stopping by and voting IntroduceCroatia :)

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Very creative... You give me an idea to make some business out of it straight from my home. :)

      Wonderful hub. :)

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi vibesites, there are companies and independent businesses who make sweet trees to sell. Some are really impressive, but they must spend hours crafting them.

      If you have the talent then why not start up a business from home? Great for stay at home parents too. Good luck!

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      Nice step by step hub. Thanks. I think that this is a great idea for holiday hostess gifts. I guess that I'll put it on my 'must-make' list.

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      alifeofdesign - these sweet trees are so easy to make and are lovely gifts. Wrap them in clear cellophane and tie with a ribbon to make them look pretty.

      I still have some of those trees left over from my wedding, but I may make some new ones. They are really fun!

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      His princesz 4 years ago

      So cool and sweet indeed! Thanks for the detailed steps. Shared! :)

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi His princesz - thank you so much for the share. Glad you liked my sweets!

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      clair burbidge 4 years ago

      These look great, would like to give them a go but where would you buy the pots from?

      Also approx how much does each tree cost to make

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I bought everything from ebay. I got 5 pots, a pack of canes (also try garden centres), concrete from a diy store, and the sweets in bulk from ebay. If you buy the kit from ebay they cost around £10 each (british pounds), but it is cheaper if you buy it separate and in bulk.

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      Lorraine 4 years ago

      So I started to make a sweet tree. I have made the base but the pot I have used has cracked overnight what have I done wrong?

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      What is your pot made of? Is it plastic? The ones I used were metal - maybe you need a stronger pot. Cement will expand as well, so may well have caused this.

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      Hayley 4 years ago

      If I want to make it using a glass vase with sweets set around the vase how would I do this xxx

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I've seen them made with glass bases. Maybe use florist oasis and fill the vase with the sweets to cover around the oasis. Or try using coloured glass beads or coloured sand as an alternative to make the base attractive and weighty.

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      lois 4 years ago

      where do you get those sticks from that you use for the stem of the tree?

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi lois - I got the sticks from ebay, but you can also get them from garden centres.

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      lois 4 years ago

      KK thanks and i will look forward to making them!!!! : ) xxxx

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      shell 4 years ago

      wow i love them :)

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks shell!

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      Caroline 4 years ago

      Hi just wondering what size the balls you used are??

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Caroline - they were probably around 100 - 120mm balls. I got a box of 10 from ebay. You can also buy heart shapes as well. They sell them especially for making sweet trees.

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      Kirsty Rees 4 years ago

      Thank you Hunni

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      lisa matthews 4 years ago

      hi i got 120mm balls can u tell me the size of your pots , worried about it falling over if top heavy

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      The pots are 5 inch pales. The concrete weighs it down and the balls are light, so it shouldn't topple over. Just make sure the sticks are securely in the balls. I made my sweet trees in August and the ones left over are still standing. They have traveled a long way too!

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      Joanne P 4 years ago

      If you are wanting to use edible glue to glue the sweets to the ball, for instant large chocolate buttons that have no wrapper, what would you cover the ball with? Maybe cellophane?

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Yes - something you can peal the sweets off easily. I wanted to do my sweets like that, but I was transporting them a long way and was worried the sweets would come off. I like the ferrero rocher version of the sweet tree - plus they are in wrappers so it doesn't matter. But my wedding day was very hot so chocolate would have been a bad idea if it melted..

      Hope your sweet trees are a success - good luck!

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      zoe morgan 4 years ago

      how would u make a chocolate button tree?

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Zoe - you can buy edible sugar glue which would be perfect for sticking the buttons to the tree. You can also buy different shape balls, such as hearts or cone shapes. Just stick your buttons around it - see how it goes!

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      Louise Ward 4 years ago

      Hi, these are great, and looking to do something like this from home as I have kids.

      Are these trees for eating or just for decoration, as I was wondering if they are glued on with edible glue whether they would come off ok?

      Also do you know if you would need a health certificate to sell these?

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Louise - yes they are edible. When I did mine, I used lollipops. Everyone at my wedding helped themselves to the lollies and I had sweets in the bucket too. Ones with edible glue should come off, or try wrapping the ball in cellophane. It may be trial and error, so make a few smaller ones as testers.

      In regards to selling food - I can only guess you'll need a food hygiene certificate. Check with your local authority what else you will need such as public liability insurance (in case you get accused of food poisoning etc). Maybe do a bit of research if you intend to make a business out of it.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I've never heard these called sweet trees. Actually, I've never thought about what they might be called! These are really pretty.

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      Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks Natashalh - I can't really remember when I first came across them but it was something I wanted for my wedding. They are quite different.

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      Celeste Wilson 3 years ago

      Oh gosh that video had my toes tapping and my mouth watering. If my Grandad was alive today I would make him a liquorice all sorts tree. He loved them.

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      Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks celeste inscribed - I just love these, they are great fun. They do make fantastic gifts (just save some sweets for yourself!)

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      Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      You are welcome. Thanks SamitaJassi!

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      Lavinia 3 years ago

      Hi Emma need your help I need to make a sweet tree with a barbie doll for my daughter have you seen it need you help

      I know people use a polystyrene ball

      Email: laviniamarius@hotmail.con

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      Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Lavinia - I have seen Barbie trees where the Barbie has a dress made of sweets.

      If this is what you mean, it looks like you put the doll in a polystyrene ball to make a shape of a ball gown. Then use sweets such as chocolate buttons and cover the ball (alternate with white and brown chocolate, and stick with sugar glue.)

      Make a neckline on the Barbie with the buttons, and decorate with cupcake silver balls or edible glitter for extra bling.

      Hope this helps!!

      You might need to figure out how to stand her up... either cut a flat bit at the bottom of the ball before you start, or use florist oasis which is easier to work with...

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