You Will Need ...
  1. Royal icing (recipes under Stats tab)

  2. Ice cream sugar cones

  3. Safe knife or small spatula

  4. Tiny candies (M&M, Skittles, Nerds, Cinnamon Red Hots, etc.)

  5. 32 oz. drink lid or deli container lid (optional)

  6. 32 oz. deli container (optional)

  7. Plate (optional)

  8. Paper or plastic to cover work space

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Step 1: 

Place a tiny bit of icing on the bottom of a cone and secure in place on either a plate or cup lid with the rim side facing up. Using a safe knife or spatula, spread an even amount of green icing on your cone, until it is completely covered.

Step 2: 

Decorate your cone as you would a Christmas tree, using little candies for the decorations.

Step 3: 

When you are all done with your decorating, you can transport your tree safely by placing the cup onto the lid and locking into place.

Age: 
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Teen
Adult
Basic: 
Food
Holiday
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Holiday: 
Christmas
Prep Time: 
10 - 20 minutes
Supervision: 
1 adult per 5 children
Tips: 

1. Make sure you have lots of wipes on hand for quick clean up.
2. Smocks are suggested to protect clothing.
3. Smaller children will need help frosting their cones, so you may want to do that ahead of time.
4. If you wish to transport these, make sure to turn your lid upside down so the locking lip side is facing up.

Variations: 

Royal icing recipe (this makes 8 to 10 trees)
2 large egg whites, or more to thin icing
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar, or more to thicken icing
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or lemon juice)
Green food coloring

For those concerned about raw eggs, Wilton makes a meringue powder that can be used instead of egg whites.

Alternate royal icing recipe
3 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
Beat all ingredients together until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).