I’m terrible about actually caring for my Christmas tree once it’s decorated, so I tend to wait until about halfway through December before hauling it home, so that it’s still alive come Christmas morning. I am not immune, however, to the abrupt and violent onslaught of Holiday Cheer NOW!!!! that erupts after Thanksgiving, so while my internet was down YET AGAIN, TIME WARNER, JEEZ, I HAVE UNDERWEAR TO BLOG ABOUT this weekend, I put my King’s College Cambridge Christmas Carols on shuffle and got out my glue gun, like a baller. Behold!
Yes, I stole this craft 100% from my mother, who made these for various holidays and gift-giving opportunities throughout my childhood. Hershey’s helps us out by offering seasonal colors, so there’s nothing to stop us from making Halloween trees and Easter trees and 4th of July trees and, well, you follow me. To business!
This is a very half-hearted DIY, but it’s also so insanely simple that I think you’ll do just fine. Get a styrofoam tree form from a craft store or florist (mine are from Michael’s). Cover your work surface and plug in your glue gun. Dab a dot of hot glue on the tree form. Stick on a Hershey’s Kiss. Repeat. You’re done!
I find it best to start at my top and work my way down, adding Kisses in rings. You will need about a billion more Hershey’s Kisses and about a hundred more glue sticks than you think you’ll need. Sorry, it just feels like that. I like to make multiple sizes of trees, and the larger ones definitely require lots of supplies, so those big “economy” bags are the way to go. Although how did these empty Kiss wrappers get all over the floor?
You can also make a “mistletoe” kissing ball, just swap out the trees for styrofoam balls, run a thin wire through the center, stick little sprigs of fake mistletoe in amongst the Kisses, top with a bow, and hang near your front door. Plant kisses on unsuspecting callers. Repeat.
The added beauty of these is that you can slowly steal Kisses off them without making it look like a candy-devouring monster attacked your holiday decorations. Just gently tug the little flag out of the wrapper, and the Kiss will tumble out with it. If you are extra sneaky, you can follow in young Sweets’ and Julia Lambert’s footsteps and sort of tap the wrapper back into place, as though No, You Weren’t Just Stealing Hershey’s Kisses Before Bed, Whatever Do You Mean, Mom?