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Veggie Christmas Tree


A Creative Spin on the Holiday Vegetable Platter

I've been making these Veggie Christmas Trees for a few years, now, and they are always a hit. They not only make a great centerpiece, but they are healthy, and fun to eat! It is guilt free and allergy free and it can even be vegan with a vegan dip.

It is also a great craft for children and families to work on together and you can have a healthy snack while you work!

The full tutorial is on my blog:

Just grab your favorite dip and this tree is ready to eat IF you can bear to pull it apart!

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Thoughts and Comments

Deborah on November 20, 2017:

Luv these ideas....u done good....

Tom on October 22, 2014:

That's Fantastic, I love the vegetable Christmas tree, being vegetarian this will be perfect for me and my girlfriend. I am looking to getting some real christmas trees myself and looking at one of these from here

Fay Favored from USA on April 29, 2014:

Saw this on Pinterest and had to take a look. Great idea I'll be sharing. Thanks.

Shannon from Florida on December 12, 2013:

Beautiful! I think we might try to make one of these this year. I love that it is both festive and healthy!

blue22d on December 10, 2013:

So pretty and yummy. Great lens.

laura-an-50 on November 10, 2013:

This is very creative. Thank you for sharing.

Doc_Holliday on August 05, 2013:

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Cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on January 29, 2013:

What a neat idea wish there was a way to make this compatible with the super bowl. if there is please post

anonymous on December 26, 2012:

Made this centerpiece veggie tray for a party, it turned out great!! Everyone was very impressed!! I used a small snowflake cutter to make radish snowflakes.

anonymous on December 22, 2012:

Found on Facebook from an old school mate! I never bring anything creative to my family's Christmas Eve celebration. I can't wait to make this its seems so easy! My tray is a little to small in the center but ill make it work. Thanks for such a cool & nice way do dress up veggies! Merry Christmas

Scraps2treasures on December 12, 2012:

Wow! I am totally impressed with your creativity. I might have to make one of these this Christmas. Blessed.

anonymous on December 09, 2012:

You could also use a zuchinni in the middle. One thing that might help with the sanitation issues is if you use a cake decorating nail pierced up through the center of the plate. This would provide a good spike for your "cone" and can be removed and washed. Would work with a plastic plate, not so much with somethings fancier. Have done this method for cake projects before.

crstnblue on December 09, 2012:

Nice lens & wonderful idea for a yummy Christmas decoration!

Thanks for sharing!


anonymous on December 09, 2012:

@pennyhart lm: I had the same 'problem' with my turkey one wanted to 'ruin' it. Great salad the next few days!

anonymous on December 08, 2012:

Would I be able to use a photo of your finished veggie tree in a graduate school project? It would only be used internally with my professor and peers, and I would give full credit to you. The project is on how to keep healthy through the holidays. Thanks much! -Katie

anonymous on December 08, 2012:

I'm so excited! Making this today and getting everything together! Great idea. We're having a church Christmas party and this will certainly add a festive look.

anonymous on December 07, 2012:

For the base you can use a pinapple. Sits very well, add all the veg.

jillian22 on December 05, 2012:

Great way to stay healthy and still enjoy eating during the holidays!

sweetstickyrainbo on December 05, 2012:


Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 05, 2012:

I love this idea as I love fun food, and vegetables like this for parties.

NC Shepherd on December 05, 2012:

Love this! I think I'll try it.

fivestead on December 05, 2012:

very original and creative concept. nice.

KarenCookieJar on December 05, 2012:

This is such a cute idea! Love it!

pennyhart lm (author) on December 04, 2012:

@Adventuretravels: Thank you! Yes, I'm thinking of doing a tree a little differently this year, maybe a 3D star or something...

pennyhart lm (author) on December 04, 2012:

@JuneNash: Thank you!

pennyhart lm (author) on December 04, 2012:

@Ibexing: Yes! We snacked on the veggies and tossed them into all sorts of food for a few days after.

Giovanna from UK on December 04, 2012:

What a lovely idea! You could do this with other foods too.

June Nash on December 04, 2012:

That is so cool! I love it!

Ibexing on December 03, 2012:

What a great idea, does double duty as you can make the decoration into vegetable soup afterwards.

anonymous on November 30, 2012:

great idea, but my family is not that fond of raw veggies, any ideas how to do it with cheeses or candy???

anonymous on November 30, 2012:

For peoplewho are concerned with food sanitation, you can wrap the cone in Seran wrap and use the same sugar paste that bakers use to "glue" the tree to the plate.

maheshbalan lm on November 30, 2012:

This is a superb information.thanks for sharing

pennyhart lm (author) on November 29, 2012:

@GrowthSpark: Thank you!

pennyhart lm (author) on November 29, 2012:

@GrowthSpark: Thank you!

GrowthSpark on November 29, 2012:

What a great idea, looks lovely.

anonymous on November 28, 2012:

@anonymous: not really, if your serving same day cut yr cost in half and buy reduced veggies at your local market. Replace peppers with squash [cheaper].

anonymous on November 27, 2012:

Great idea....also you could wrap the cone in lettuce leaves to hide the styrofoam

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

use starfriut (carambola)

pennyhart lm (author) on November 26, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for letting me know! Yes, 1 medium (the standard size) of baby carrots. I will add that to the list right now.

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

This will cost about $30 to make:/

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

Sure wish this could have been posted so that it was "printer-friendly" without all the extra tools and buying information !!

Thanks for posting the idea!!

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

My four year old granddaughter wishes for giant brocolli for Christmas, LOL..I cannot wait to see her face when she sees this!

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

@pennyhart lm: You forgot the amount of carrots in the grocery list......I am guessing 1 med bag baby carrots???????

pennyhart lm (author) on November 24, 2012:

@anonymous: That is a great suggestion! I would love to know how it worked if you try it.

anonymous on November 24, 2012:

I will try this for our church Christmas party this coming weekend. But as another commenter suggested, I will try to use a long squash as the center rather than styrofoam. Then it is 100% edible!

anonymous on November 24, 2012:

Instead of using the Styrofoam cone, one could use a squash, gourd, or even carrots bundled together. Just a suggestion!

anonymous on November 24, 2012:

Instead of using the Styrofoam cone, one could use a squash, gourd, or even carrots bundled together. Just a suggestion!

Vikki from US on November 24, 2012:

I love this; totally going to try this for one of my upcoming Christmas parties. Thanks!

pennyhart lm (author) on November 21, 2012:

@anonymous: You're welcome! I hope you have fun!

anonymous on November 21, 2012:

Oh, I love this idea !!! Would you be agree to share it in our french raw food magazine, Le chou brave ? Thank you for your answer ;-) Carine,

anonymous on November 19, 2012:

What a great idea! I will certainly bring this colourful tree to our holiday family dinner! Thank you!

anonymous on November 19, 2012:

I cannot wait to do this with my kids. What a cool idea!

anonymous on November 15, 2012:

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome idea, my kids and I will have making this for sure

pennyhart lm (author) on November 12, 2012:

@Expat Mamasita: Thank you!

Expat Mamasita from Thailand on November 11, 2012:

I love your veggie christmas tree, it looks delicious

Jeri Baker on November 10, 2012:

I'll have to do this at Christmas. I won't have to cook, more like it!

laptop on October 02, 2012:

What a unique and healthy idea about building a Christmas tree out of vegetables. I "liked" your lens.

pennyhart lm (author) on October 01, 2012:

@MarcellaCarlton: Thank you! I can't wait to make another one this year!

MarcellaCarlton on October 01, 2012:

Totally incredible! Bravo! I love this lens and your "Christmas tree". Awesome.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 17, 2012:

This is truly awesome!

pennyhart lm (author) on September 14, 2012:

@achivevery: Yes, totally edible! I always have enough left over veggies from my sculptures to lay out in a tray, too, because people don't like to pull it apart. I usually end up snacking on it, tearing it apart, cooking the broccoli for the next few days!

achivevery on September 14, 2012:

Cool, still edible?

pennyhart lm (author) on September 13, 2012:

@Lynda Makara: Thank you! So much fun to make, too. Thanks for the blessings!

Lynda Makara from California on September 13, 2012:

This veggie tree is so creative. Love it! Angel blessings.

IbnAdams on August 31, 2012:

nice idea.

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