I have been seeing these little trees all over the place, and was dying to get some to add to my holiday decor. The only thing is they seem quite expensive in stores, and I’ve seen tons of DIYs on Pinterest, which gave me lots of inspiration for these twine-wrapped tabletop trees. Below I will show you how to make these trees and everything you will need to make them.
They’re actually much easier to make than I expected. I saw some that used cardboard or a cone-shaped piece of foam, but all I had on hand were paper bags. I was thinking a rolled up paper bag might be strong enough to hold the string, and I was right! The string actually makes the whole tree a lot stronger and sturdier when it’s all glued on, almost seems like there’s no way its just a paper bag on the inside!
I added the little red and white buttons to make it seem like ornaments on the trees, but they look just as good without them! Currently thinking of doing a third one without any buttons to mix it up. Also, I think a little star topper would have looked great, but unfortunately I didn’t have any.
What you’ll need:
- Paper Bag
- Thick String/Twine
- Buttons (optional)
- Paint Brush
Most likely you probably already have a paper bag, scissors, and tape on hand. For gluing on objects, I just use an old plastic paint brush that I’ve had laying around.
For these trees, I used a thick natural twine. You can find something similar on Amazon here ($5.79). Another type of thick string or twine would look great as well.
I got a pack of different holiday-themed buttons from Amazon. I used the snowflake and flower buttons from it, but it comes with a few other shapes and colors as well. You can find the holiday-themed variety pack of buttons on Amazon here ($8.99)
The glue I used is the same from my last few posts. It is called Golden Gel Mediums Heavy Gel Gloss, and works great at holding down the string. You can get it on Amazon here ($12.89).
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Step 1: Start by gently pulling off the handle and cutting out the large side of the paper bag. Then begin tightly rolling the piece of the paper bag with one end pointed, like a cone. The photo below shows what I mean.
Step 2: Once the whole piece is rolled, tape down the edges to hold it together while you glue on the string.
Step 3: Now cut the large bottom end of the cone to make it straight so that it can stand up. I’ve noticed using smaller scissors helps a lot with this part.
Step 4: Now we can start gluing on the twine. Add a good-sized amount of glue to the very top of the cone to get started.
Step 5: Start wrapping the twine around the paper cone at the top, you may have to overlap the twine at the top to get it to hold while the glue is drying.
Continue wrapping the twine around the cone, adding glue as you go before you wrap. Try not to wrap it too tightly, or it will start to warp and add ridges towards the end of the paper cone.
Step 6: Once you get to the end, cut off the twine. You’ll have to overlap it a little in order to keep the bottom even, so add some glue underneath the end, push it down onto the glue, and add some more glue on top to keep it sealed.
Step 7: (optional) Now you can start adding any embellishments if you wish. I added these cute snowflake and flower buttons to make it look like ornaments on the tree. I thought it looked just as good without them too. It’s all personal preference! I just wish I had a little star I could add on top as a little tree-topper.
I’m so happy with how these turned out, and very glad I didn’t end up buying any in stores when I can make them myself so easily. Hope you guys like them as well!