peppermint topiary

by Amy on 2 December 2010

now that december has rolled around, i’m going to start posting more seasonal recipes, crafts, + entertaining ideas since i know that many of you have lots of holiday parties + events ahead. as always, if you have anything specific that you want me to make/create + share, just send me an email at + let me know!

i follow a lot of entertaining blogs, + peppermint topiaries as a decorating idea pops up a lot around the holiday season. i’ve only seen them done with the red/white peppermints before, but once i completed that first topiary, i decided to make another smaller one with green spearmints. i think they both turned out great + have a bit of a mod, whimsical feel.

peppermint/spearmint topiary


styrofoam cones (i used a 10” cone for the green topiary, a 16” for the red)
mints – the larger topiary took 3 standard bags of mints
hot glue gun + hot glue


unwrap what seems like thousands of mints, eating a few every now + then if needed. starting from the bottom up, hot glue individual mints in a row around the cone. continue upwards until the entire cone is covered. voilà Рmint topiary!

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1 Michelle@Everyday Celebrating December 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

Tip: Styrofoam cones can get expensive. If you’re making several trees, just roll poster board into cones and hot glue together. Poster board is 2 big sheets for $1 at the Dollar Tree

2 amy December 2, 2010 at 8:58 am

fabulous tip! i paid about $10-11 total for the two styrofoam cones, which isn’t bad, but if you’re making a whole bunch of topiaries, definitely consider michelle’s idea to save a whole bunch of money. thanks!

3 Heidi Alberti and Atticus Uncensored December 2, 2010 at 10:09 am

Amy, this is such a fun, cute project!! Atticus says “it seems so easy, even a dog could make one”. Well, I guess I know what I’m getting from Atti for Christmas this year :)

4 amy December 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

skylar was *very* interested in this craft – she was really wanting to sample the mints, so i had to keep shooing her away ’til she finally gave up. ha!

5 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) December 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

Cute! I’m not at all crafty, but I think I could do this. But somehow think I might come home to find my Lucy-cat licking the candies. She loves peppermint for some reason!

6 amy December 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm

you could definitely do this! but yes, you should probably try to keep it out of her reach (if that’s possible). i put these out of the dog’s reach so that she wouldn’t eat them while we were out. =)

7 Leah December 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

How super cute and easy!

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