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Donut Hole Croquembouche DIY

For the donut party we wanted to make a croquembouche inspired donut hole tower. It was so easy! (ps: This croquembouche is the most beautiful I’ve seen and has been on my mind.)  We attached donut holes with toothpicks to a cone. Then we made a few flowers out of crepe paper and wax paper to attach as decorations. The final product was the perfect centerpiece to our Fancy Donut Party. We even celebrated the festivities with a few sparklers! See full instructions below.

Materials: Wax Paper, Crepe Paper, Toothpicks, Quick Dry Glue, Scissors, Large Styrofoam Cone, 250 Donut Holes

Step 1: Cut out a small circle of crepe paper about 2 inches wide.
Step 2: Put a few lines of glue all over one side.
Step 3: Pull and crumple the paper up a bit and wrap the glue covered side around the top of a toothpick. Hold it as it dries and arrange the paper to look like flower’s center.
Step 4: Cut a larger circle out of the wax paper.  Cut fringe around the whole perimeter of this circle. Fold the circle very gently in half and cut a small opening in the very center.
Step 5: Poke the covered toothpick into the opening.
Step 6: Put some glue around the perimeter of the crepe-papered toothpick and then push up the middle part of the wax paper circle so that the wax paper portion is glued to the crepe paper portion.
Step 7: Hold the pieces together, fluffing and arranging the flower as it dries.
Step 8:  Poke a toothpick into the base of the styrofoam cone. Stick a donut hole into the opposite end of this toothpick. Continue this method all the way around the base of the cone making one even row.
Step 9: Make another row right above the first row. Be sure to stagger the donuts; don’t put a donut directly above the donut below it, but put the donut above the space that is between the two donuts below it.
Step 10: Continue on, adding flowers here and there until the entire cone is covered.
Step 11: Get some friends over to eat!

Photography by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Crafting and Styling by Jessica Heywood + Alison Piepmeyer

  1. Meg

    May 30, 2013

    I would eat that entire tower!

  2. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    May 30, 2013

    Now that is what I call a centerpiece!

  3. The New Diplomat's Wife

    May 30, 2013

    we’ve done something similar with the frozen cream puffs you can get at costco and works out well too (just be careful to not put it near a heat source) and then served various sauces on the side like chocolate and caramel and strawberry but definitely taking away these ideas for how to pretty it up!

  4. christin

    May 30, 2013

    this is actually what dreams are made of.

  5. Lisa @ Making Lifes Lemons

    May 30, 2013

    I just love this idea!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life’s Lemons

  6. Michelle @ Fully Belly, Worn Soles

    May 30, 2013

    Such a stunning centrepiece! I love how you can take something store-bought and make it look spectacular!

  7. Leah // Freutcake

    May 30, 2013

    Fabulous! Traditional croquembouche are super difficult to make! Love how you made it so simple.

  8. Amber

    May 30, 2013

    Love it. Do you know the approximate height of the cone? Thanks!!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • May 30, 2013

      About 18 inches.

  9. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    May 30, 2013

    Amazing!!! I want to make one soon!

  10. María

    May 30, 2013

    It’s really good!!!

  11. Shon

    May 30, 2013

    Wow! I am going to try this soon!! This is gorgeous and so easy to do. I have made donut cakes in the past but never a tower!

    What fun!! Oh and how many donuts were eaten in the making of this tower?? LOL

  12. Liese | lipstickandsoda

    May 30, 2013

    beautiful (and yummie!), thanks so much for sharing!

  13. My Love Wedding Ring

    May 30, 2013

    Wow!! That looks so amazing!! And you make it sound really do-able too – definitely one to add to the list of projects to try!!

  14. Roxana

    May 30, 2013

    Oh my goodness. I notice there are no chairs around that table. I would find myself a chair and shamelessly park it right next to that table with a big cup of coffee in one hand. That tower looks so yummy! And pretty!

  15. Mollie

    May 30, 2013

    This really is too cute, what a clever idea! I love, love, love the gold crown too:)

  16. AK

    May 30, 2013

    Where is her lovely dress from?!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • May 30, 2013

      It’s from H&M!

  17. deana

    May 30, 2013

    so cute and easy! i would have never thought of this!
    -Deana, from Birds&Oxfords

  18. Erica

    May 30, 2013

    So cute! I love this Jordan :)

  19. Mimmi

    May 30, 2013


  20. El Cajón de las Especias

    May 31, 2013

    Oh my god! More donuts is impossible! We love it!
    The donut ‘Croquembouche’ is a very good idea! Congrats!
    ‘Spicy’ greetings

  21. Juliesway

    May 31, 2013

    Amazing cake

  22. Lauren O'Neill

    May 31, 2013

    Adorbs! What a fun idea! I’ll never forget that Julia Child + Martha Stewart Christmas special with the croquembouche ; )

  23. Paulette Leto

    May 31, 2013

    Wow, that looks like it took forever to make! It also looks delicious as heck. I would be SO afraid of dropping that though, even knowing the donut holes are stuck in with toothpicks.

  24. bianca

    May 31, 2013

    I love her little gold grown!!! Was it home made? I totally need one :)

  25. Jackie B

    May 31, 2013

    Love this idea! My friend is having an informal outdoor wedding and chose donuts instead of cakes. This is a fun way to display them; sharing the link now!

  26. Amaris

    June 1, 2013

    I love this so much, and I definitely will be wishing for this to be at my future wedding!

  27. mariana

    June 4, 2013

    oh my! this might just be the most amazing thing ever. thanks for sharing!

  28. Amy Wise

    June 7, 2013

    This brings back memories. I had a traditional croquembouche wedding cake. This would be a fun idea for an anniversary party. Thanks for the idea!

  29. susan

    June 12, 2013

    I think I’m going to make this! Wonder how far ahead I could…for freshness factor. ??

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