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Crafts for Christmas: Driscoll’s Very Berry Holiday Tree

Thursday, December 10, 2009 12 Post-It Notes


Ways To Save: Crafts for Christmas Special. For our fourth Craft we have Tish Boyle who is going to teach us how to make the famous Driscoll’s Very Berry Holiday Tree.


Driscoll’s Very Berry Holiday Tree Tutorial

Materials needed:

  • 1 green styrofoam cone (measuring 4-5 inches in diameter at the base and 12 inches high)
  • 1 box of toothpicks
  • 4 one pound containers of fresh Driscoll strawberries
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 slice from a carambola fruit (also known as star fruit)*
 *Note: If you can’t find a carambola, you can use a 1-inch star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a star shape from a mango slice instead.


1. Wash the strawberries and blot them dry with paper towels. Pull off the green stem from each strawberry. Reserve a perfect strawberry for the top of the ‘tree’.

2. Push a toothpick halfway into the side of the cone, about 1/2 inch from the bottom edge. Secure a strawberry to the toothpick, piercing it through the stem end. Secure another strawberry right next to the first one. Continue securing strawberries to the cone in circular rows up to its top, covering the cone completely. Secure the reserved strawberry to the top of the tree.

3. Remove some mint leaves from the bunch of mint and tuck them between the berries, placing them at about 3-inch intervals.

4. Secure the star-shaped carambola or mango slice to the top of the cone using a toothpick.
 Then you are done!

About Tish Boyle
Tish Boyle is editor in chief of Chocolatier and Pastry Art & Design magazines. A graduate of Smith College and La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, she has been a caterer, pastry chef, and food stylist. She is the author of The Good Cookie and Diner Desserts, and coauthor of Simply Sensational Desserts (IACP Award Winner), Chocolate Passion, and the Grand Finales series of books.

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  • Haasiegirl said:  

    man, i totally do not have the patience for this but i wish i did because its DARLING.

    trisha

  • Annie said:  

    My mother in law does this same thing every Christmas! She uses more fruits than just strawberries and it is a bit bigger too - but so pretty and delicious!

    thank you for sharing

  • Laurie said:  

    What a really cool idea!

  • Brittany said:  

    FANTASTIC! I swear it sounds easy but I'd screw it up somehow!

  • Nina Say said:  

    Mmm, that looks yummy enough to eat. Something about berries and christmas time are just awesome!

  • Creative Junkie said:  

    I do believe I could manage this one! If I didn't eat all the strawberries first.

  • Kelly said:  

    that looks beautiful

  • Sharon said:  

    Awesome craft, they would like nice on tables.

  • busymomblog said:  

    ooh that is a good idea! I'll have to try it for Christmas!

  • Princess Hairstyles said:  

    How fun! You always have the cutest ideas!!

  • Robin G said:  

    That looks great. I love centerpieces that double as food.

  • Blessings Abound said:  

    This is very pretty and looks so easy to do! :)