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Sculpted Caulk Christmas Tree

Looking like frosting on a cake, these tabletop Christmas trees will never go stale. One tube of caulk makes two trees in your choice of styles.

Cone-shaped trees made of sculpted caulk

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Circle compass (optional)
  • Utility or crafts knife
  • Straightedge or ruler
  • Masking tape
  • White poster board
  • Disposable gloves
  • Caulking gun
  • Disposable plastic knife, fork, and spoon
  • Glitter (optional)


  • White latex caulk, 10.1 ounces, #219873
  • Masking tape, #168603

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Project Resources


Step 1

Use the downloadable cone patterns to trace the cone design on poster board, or draw a half-circle on poster board with a circle compass set to roughly the height you want the cone. Cut out the cone design, curl it into shape and tape the edges.

Good to Know

For the cones shown, the 12-inch-tall version has a base 5 inches in diameter. The base of the 8-inch cone is 3-3/4 inches wide.

Step 2

Apply caulk to cone
Caulk doesn���t need to look pretty right out of the tube, just uniformly thick.

Apply an even layer of caulk to the sides of the cone using approximately half the tube. One tube provides enough caulk to make a 12-inch and an 8-inch cone.

Step 3

Smooth the beads of caulk with a knife
Wipe the plastic knife off between passes.

For the first texture option, smooth the caulk using the smooth back edge of a plastic knife. Use long strokes from the tip of the cone to the base and avoid a build-up of caulk on the knife. You can now leave the cone as is or add one of the textures explained in Steps 4 and 5.

Step 4

Fork tines creating parallel grooves in the caulk
Leave the occasional caulk glob on the cone surface for a more casual look.

On a freshly smoothed caulk surface, use the tines of a fork to create parallel furrows in a spiral down the cone.

Step 5

Raise random peaks on the caulked cone
Press the spoon deep into the caulk for larger peaks.

Press the bottom of a plastic spoon against the freshly smoothed caulk and lift it straight from the surface to raise peaks like the meringue on a pie.

Step 6

While the caulk remains tacky or moist to the touch, sprinkle on optional glitter.