You've seen one of these before right? It's so easy to make! I did this one the other day, but it didn't come out quite like I wanted it to because I used the wrong kind of peppermints (they've got Brach's written all over them for gosh's sakes!) and pins (mine were way to short!). But I plan to try again, hopefully my second tree will look better than my first one!
This project is so simple, so that makes it perfect to do with your Darling Stinkers. And really very cheap to make too - less than a $1.
Basically, you just pin the peppermints to the cone in rows, starting at the bottom. Space them out as evenly as possible, and try to keep the wrapper twists hidden.
All done! I used the Mini Bowdabra to made a bow for the top and a little satin flower I got from Wal-Mart. It's best if you don't look too closely at my Peppermint tree - that way you can't see all the mistakes!! Oh! And pretend you don't see Brach's stamped all over the tree! That's why this project is perfect for kids - they won't care about all the little details!
There are all kinds of embellishments you can do with this too.
Get a little terra cotta pot, paint it Christmasy colors, and "plant" your little peppermint tree in the pot. Put a little bit of Styrofoam in the pot, poke one end of a wooden dowel in the bottom of the peppermint tree and the other end into the pot. Decorate the top of the pot with felt, or some other materiel to hid the Styrofoam, and add tiny presents under the tree.
Hmm... I might try that one next!
You can also add bells, glitter, and spray paint the cone a pretty Christmasy color.
Tons of possibilities!