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Mint to Be

imageWheeeee, Christmas crafts! I wasn’t sure if this even merited a post since it’s so simple, but then I realized I’d never post anything if simplicity = omission.

As many of you know, I’ve been fighting the urge to deck the halls in our apartment lately. This is the first year I’ve ever had any autumnal/Thanksgiving-ish decor, so I’m trying to make it last until the designated holiday. But maaaan, is it difficult. So, to satisfy my Christmas cravings, I’ve been crafting. And shopping. (Aaand shopping some more, but let’s not focus too much on that.)

I honestly don’t remember where I first saw this idea or I’d credit the crafty bish who thought of it, but today I decided to make peppermint Christmas trees. Or holiday trees, if Christmas doesn’t tickle your fancy. I don’t judge.

They’re super easy & relatively inexpensive to make, so have at it.

Materials:

3 – 14oz bags of starlight peppermints
3 – styrofoam cones (I used two 2.8″ x 5.8″ & one 3.8″ x 8.8″, so increase your mint purchase if you go any larger)
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks (duh.)

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Not pictured: the glue gun / Optional, but highly recommended: a holiday latte

As you can likely guess, at this point you just…uhh, unwrap the peppermints & glue them to the cones. I know this is a very difficult concept, so I took this helpful photo just in case:

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Mints. Glued to a cone.

All smartassery aside, I do recommend starting at the bottom and working your way up. I also tried to stay consistent with where I started & ended my rows, so all spacing mistakes would wind up on the same side of the cone. You’re probably a better judge of distance than I am, so you may have a perfect tree from all angles. Congratulations…I hate you. (But seriously, kudos!) Mine have a definite front & back. So in the spirit of honesty, here is the back:

imageA little wonky, right? As a recovering perfectionist, I’m still learning to accept that crafts don’t have to look perfect to be fun & worthwhile. Because let’s be real – if I absolutely had to have something “perfect,” I’d probably just go out & buy it. The process is what makes this stuff so enjoyable. Sure, some projects turn out better than others, but they’re all fun! So don’t freak out when you need to use a broken peppermint to fill an awkward void, or when you have an un-fillable awkward void, or when you accidentally glue a peppermint to your thumb. (Whoops.) It’s all good. Seriously.

It took me a little over an hour to make all three of these, and I honestly wished I’d had more to make afterward. I still need to see if a spray sealant exists for something like this, but here’s the end result. It’s a little slice of homemade holiday happiness.

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