For all my vegetable loving friends and family I added the Vegetable Christmas Tree to my Pinterest inspired Christmas Food Art menu. I couldn’t resist giving a few recipes a try for a food art themed meal. There were some winner recipes and well …. I’ll save that for later.
I have quite enjoyed the multitude of recipes and holiday themed food, décor, gift ideas found on Pinterest. What a treasure trove – I’m convinced if no one has crafted it on Pinterest then it hasn’t been done.
The Vegetable Christmas Tree
I had seen a few variations of this tree on Pinterest and gave my own version a whirl. Due to time constraints I had to keep it simple, but it really made a “hey, look at me centerpiece.”
Materials For Vegetable Christmas Tree
Red grape tomatoes
Seasonal find, yellow grape tomatoes
Super sharp yellow cheese cut into a thick square
Firm mozzarella cheese cut into a thick square
12 ” foam cone, disposable plate, aluminum foil, toothpicks
Directions For Vegetable Christmas Tree
I kidded my friend and noted only slightly in jest, if the plan works, the Vegetable Christmas Tree is edible. If the plan doesn’t work and I have to use a glue gun = not edible.
Luckily all went well and the Vegetable Christmas Tree became a reality.
Broccoli is h-e-a-v-y when used as for the Vegetable Christmas Tree. So attaching the foam cone to a disposable plate is a must for stability. Or if you desire you can use a regular plate, but gluer beware for disassembly.
- Wrap foam cone in foil.
- Attach foil cone to plate with a glue gun.
- Wash, break apart broccoli florets.
- Break toothpicks in half, insert into bottom of floret and begin to arrange the florets on the tree.
- Wash cauliflower, break apart into florets and if using on tree, insert toothpicks. If using as snow around the tree, no toothpicks are needed.
- Wash tomatoes and insert the 1/2 toothpick into bottom of tomatoes.
- If you assemble all the vegetables in the beginning with toothpicks, the process goes much more quickly.
- After completion of the vegetables, use your cookie cutters to make the treetopper star and the ornaments if desired.
A firm cheese works best. I had the deli cut the mozzarella and yellow cheese into very thick slices; size relative to the thickness of your cookie cutter. The old school metal cookie cutters work the best.
Assembly Tips Edible Vegetable Centerpiece
As you know vegetables can be heavy so use good quality toothpicks. Many dollar stores carry foam floral cones and this tree can be made in any size so a six inch foam coned works great for a min tree or a forest of min trees.
Use Your Imagination To Design The Vegetable Christmas Tree
Anything goes for which vegetables are used to make the tree. I kept it simple this time and may make an antipasto tree in the future for an event, but for this tree I only used the basics for a simple minimalist vegetable tree.
As with any new DIY the first time does take quite a bit longer and this project does take a bit of labor and patience; however, your pre guest assembly labor is rewarded with a fun edible vegetable centerpiece and you are free to enjoy the guests. This is a great conversation starter for any party.
And so this was the ‘good’ part of the Christmas Food Art menu I tried from Pinterest and then we had the execution issues and why my snowman turned into Mr. Bill! But that is another story…
Day One: Personalized Reindeer Gift Tags
Day Two: Easy DIY Lottery Ticket Tree
Day Three: Popcorn Wrapper Snowmen
Day Four: DIY Christmas Candle At The Dollar Store
Day Five: Edible Christmas Vegetable Tree
Day Six: Christmas Candy Cane Sleigh
Day Seven: Christmas Potpourri At The Dollar Store
Plus Seven Days Christmas Desserts!
Day One: Scrumptious Hello Dolly Bars
Day Two: Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe (not the imitation!)
Day Three: Top 3 Christmas Crack recipes
Day Four: Frozen Hot Chocolate
Day Five: Nanaimo Bars
Day Six: Christmas Puffcorn
Day Seven: DIY Christmas Vegetable Tree