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December 10, 2010

10 Days of Craftsmas!: Day 5 - Rock Candy Cones

In today's first post, I showed you the dessert table I recently designed for my little donut's birthday. Now, I'm back with the fifth delicious DIY project of the 10 Days of Craftsmas series.

I created these Rock Candy Cones with help from my creative partner Maddy Hague of Somewhere Splendid. These icy, candy-coated decor elements would be perfect on a tabletop or a mantel. By working with a gradient of blue sugar crystals, I added another dimension to the luminous, rocky surface. Want to make them for yourself? Get the instructions for these cones!


floral cone forms in varying heights
rock candy crystals in three or more colors
hot glue
solid text weight paper in your lightest hue
spray adhesive
cookie sheet


With the cookie sheet turned horizontally, pour your rock candy across the surface in a long line. The darkest color of rock candy should be at the bottom of the cookie sheet. The row of candy above your first should be slightly lighter than and flush with the previous row. Repeat this process, ending with the lightest shade of candy on the top row. Set aside.

Turn the paper to a landscape orientation and wrap around each cone. Slightly overlap the paper in the back of the cone and secure using hot glue. Do not apply hot glue directly to the cone, it will melt. Trim excess paper at the bottom of the cone. You may need two sheets of paper to cover each cone. If so, overlap the two sheets slightly to avoid a gap of Styrofoam peeking through.

Working quickly, spray the cone with the spray adhesive, and roll it through the rock candy to completely cover it with gradients of sugary color. Allow cone to dry before re-spraying or re-rolling. You can also use hot glue to fill in any empty spots.

Once your cones are finished, you're ready to decorate your mantle or tabletop with a yummy collection of cand-coated trees.

If you're  joining the Craftsmas fun midstream, be sure to check out all of the projects in this holiday DIY series here.

images: Maddy Hague

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