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Vegetable Christmas Tree

This veggie-decked Christmas tree is a real conversation starter and looks beautiful on a buffet table.—Carolyn Black, Port Ludlow, Washington


  • 5 round cake dummies in graduated sizes
  • 1 Styrofoam cone
  • Tacky glue
  • Cheesecloth
  • Green food coloring
  • Kale
  • Toothpicks
  • Veggie trims: radishes, carrots, peppers, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, baby corn, black olives and clementines
  • Daikon radishes
  • Turnips
  • Green, sweet red and yellow pepper rings


  • Stack cake dummies (found in cake decorating stores or at—search “Styrofoam dummy rounds”). Cut Styrofoam cone to about 4 in. high; glue on top of small cake dummy. Glue remaining cake dummies together. Wrap the form in cheesecloth dyed with food coloring.
  • Attach kale leaves with toothpicks. Add veggie trims.
  • For daikon radish garland, use a vegetable peeler to create long, thin ribbons from radishes. Drape around the tree, going under some trims and over others, and tucking in the ends to hide.
  • For ornaments, cut turnips into 1/4-in.-thick rounds. Use cookie cutters to make ornaments; attach with toothpicks.
  • Make a tree topper of interlinked pepper rings.

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