Peppermint Topiary Tree Holiday Craft

Round peppermint candy tree with a red ribbon

The topiary shape gives this whimsical tree a modern twist! One tree makes for a festive standalone decoration, but you can make a more striking display by grouping trees of various sizes in twos or threes, flanking them around a front entrance or lining them up along a walkway.

Bonus: Enlist the kids’ help! They can help unwrap all the peppermints and glue them to the polystyrene foam ball.

Things You'll Need:

  • Wooden dowel
  • Polystyrene foam ball
  • Peppermint hard candies
  • Bottle of washable school glue, or glue stick
  • Red ribbon
  • Planter or vase
  • Floral foam (optional)
  • Colored glass marbles or rhinestones (optional)


  1. Insert wooden dowel into polystyrene foam ball.
  2. Glue unwrapped peppermints to the ball, completely covering it.
  3. Wrap a red ribbon around the dowel and glue at the top and bottom to secure.
  4. Use floral foam to steady your new topiary tree in a festive planter or vase. Cover the floral foam with colored glass marbles or rhinestones—or with more (wrapped) peppermints!