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Contest Photo by: lavishlily
Westerville, OH
Category: Sweet Treats


My two sons ages 7 and 9 helped me create the XXOO Tree as a thank you to our cousins who showed us their Texas hospitality. This tree is not only a beautiful decoration or center piece but also a delicious sweet treat! Great idea for a teacher, grandparent, or friend!


container that fits topiary
decorative trim/material to cover container
1 bag of Hershey's Hugs
1 bag of Hershey's Kisses
paper to write/type message

How to Make

  • Purchase a topiary, container, and decorative trim at a craft store. Place topiary in container.

  • Next stick the candy on a toothpick and place in the topiary starting from the inside and working your way outward. Fill in empty spaces.

  • Place 3-4 pieces of tape along the wrong side of the decorative trim and tape to the container. Write/type message and tape to a toothpick. Stick your message into the top of the topiary!

  • Tips for Taking a Great Photo:
    • Avoid clutter. Keep the background simple -- your cupcake or sweet treat is the star!
    • Daytime, natural light is best. If your area is bright enough, try taking the photo without the flash.
    • Upload a horizontal photo. If you crop the image on your computer, make sure you keep a landscape 4:3 aspect ratio.
    • For best results, make your image 1200x900 (or "save for web").
    • With a digital camera, you can take as many photos as possible and choose the best one. Have fun!