Having a Halloween Party? Donuts and apple juice are always a classic combination. And  a donut tree is a fun way to display your treats. Here are the steps for making your own donut tree.

Supplies: 24″ styrofoam cone, 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, basting brush, 45-50 donuts, toothpicks.

Directions: Melt a 12 ounce package of chocolate chips in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate is all melted, apply the melted chocolate to the styrofoam cone. It’s easiest to use a basting brush. Once the whole cone is covered in chocolate, carefully smooth the chocolate with your fingers (make sure your fingers are clean). If you have freezer space, store the chocolate covered cone in your freezer until you are ready to attach the donuts. Starting at the bottom, use 2 toothpicks per donut to securely attach each donut to the cone. Work your way up the cone until the whole cone is covered in donuts and your donut tree is complete. You’ll need about 45 donuts, depending on their size. Secure any donuts that need a little extra support with additional toothpicks.

Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat


  1. I was about to ask about it! :-) thank you.. i will try this beautiful tree!!

    etta    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  2. I was wondering how you did that! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Kasha    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  3. This is a great idea!
    Little white donuts would be fun at a Christmas themed bash.

    Michelle    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  4. So clever! Everyone loves donuts…

    Wendy at AllCrafts.n    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  5. Love this! Thanks for the great tutorial and idea!

    Christina    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  6. How clever, I love it!

    With Style and Grace    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  7. Love it…so cute. I think a “donut Friday” is in the works. Thanks for the great idea! :)

    Rachel    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  8. I was wondering what size donuts you used? Great idea, cute & delicious, I love it!

    Shannon Imlay    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  9. Hi Shannon Imlay–I just used regular sized cake donuts from a local bakery. Hope this helps! xo

    Brittany    Thursday, October 6, 2011
  10. I featured your AMAZING post on my {friday finds} post today! http://sweetcsdesigns.com/archives/2510

    Courtney O'Dell    Friday, October 7, 2011
  11. Love this! It is soo adorable. I love your blog!

    Your newest follower,
    (come take a look if you like)

    Abby    Friday, October 7, 2011
  12. This is an adorable idea. I think I may use it for a birthday idea. :)

    Christie    Saturday, October 8, 2011
  13. Wow. This is so fun. I saw it on Make and Takes and just had to click over and read more about this donut tree. Very nice. ;)

    Allie    Sunday, October 9, 2011
  14. I made this for my daughter’s party today. It was a big hit, but I wish I’d taken note of how many donuts to buy. My trees were pretty sparce!

    Sheila R    Saturday, October 29, 2011
  15. We made a Christmas version here:

    Thanks so much for the fun idea. Merry Christmas! –bettijo

    bettijo    Wednesday, December 21, 2011
  16. My husband’s 86th birthday is soon. He’s known for eating doughnuts..this will be his “birthday cake.” Thank you so much!

    jeanne fowler    Wednesday, July 11, 2012
  17. Why do you put melted choc on the styro cone?

    dottie k    Saturday, September 6, 2014

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