FestiviTREES is something that my Dad’s girlfriend, Patty, introduced to my family. She found the official “festivitrees bake set” (by Fox Run Craftsmen) at a garage sale years ago and has been doing them with her kids, and now my siblings for 7 years. I love the box cause it looks straight out of the 90s. You can still get them on amazon, but I can’t guarantee that you are going to get this totally rad box. Festivitrees are basically six different star cookie cutters gradually going from large to small.

You could use any type of cookie cutter cookies you want, but the recipe that comes in the box is :

  • 3 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 cups of flour
  • pinch of salt
To this I added cinnamon to taste and a tablespoon of vanilla.
Cream together sugar and butter and then add in eggs. Combine the rest of the ingredients and then divide dough into 4 balls. Place dough in the freezer for about 15 minutes so the dough can harden. This will help the dough keep its shape when you make the cookie cutouts.
Bake at 370°F for 10 minutes for the large cookies and for 7 minutes for the smaller cookies. It is easiest to do batches of large cookies and batches of small cookies separately so that the small cookies don’t burn.
For each tree you are going to need 3 of each cookie. I like to make a lot of the 2 smallest cookies so that I can use those to place in-between layers of the larger cookies. This makes the trees look nice and tall instead of stubby.

Royal icing is the best for this craft because it is so quick to make and it dries hard fast.


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. of lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
I add the lemon in because I think it balances the flavor of the powdered sugar. It doesn’t make it sour at all, more like fresh. I then put all the icing in a plastic bag and snip of a corner to use as a piping bag.
Put a decent amount on the base star so that you are sure your tree won’t be falling over any time while you assemble your tree.

Like I already said. I like to give my tree some height so I put my extra little stars in between layers. I only use a pea size amount of royal icing in between each layer.

Taking my time I create my tower of stars, trying hard to not have a leaning tower of tree.

After it is all assembled, I let it dry for a little while and then you can decorate it. I went for a tree  after a snowstorm look. HAHA. Not my best year…. but it was still fun!

It is a really fun craft to help kids with and a nice alternative or compliment to a gingerbread house. We all laugh at each other’s trees cause we are all over the age of 14 here, but take this craft pretty seriously.

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