How To Make the Cutest Little Trees Out of String


Today I am teaming up with some great bloggers to bring you all things Christmas DIY! If you are hopping over after a visit with Sara at Twelve on Main… thank you for stopping by and welcome!

Christmas will be here before we know it so we wanted to make things fun and get your creative juices flowing. You can check out all of their great projects at the end of my post and hop over to their blogs to see what else you can make this holiday season.

For my Christmas DIY project, I made my annual trees. I love the outdoors so much that every year I make a new type of tree to decorate with. I have made felt trees, paper trees, and even a forest of trees so this year I decided to make string trees.

These little string trees really are quick and simple to make but, be warned, they are a little messy 😉

Prepping to Make the Trees

To get things ready to make your new trees, first make a cone out of several pieces of paper. I made three different sizes so that I could have a variety of trees.

Pull the paper tight to make narrow trees or let it out to make fatter trees. Once you have the cone in the shape you like, tape the edge to keep it together and then trim the bottom so that it sits level on your table.

a cone made out of paper

Next, cover your cone in plastic wrap. Don’t worry about making it smooth as the string will cinch it in when you are wrapping it. Tuck the plastic wrap under the bottom of the cone to hold it in place.

paper cone covered in plastic wrap

Making the Trees

Now comes the messy… I mean… FUN part! Take a length of string and soak it in Mod Podge. I used Matte Mod Podge for my trees and used both white and red string.

How much string you will need will depend on the size of your trees, the thickness of your string, and how dense you want them. Start with a good amount of string and if you run out, you can soak more. I did not cut my sting, as I figured I would need more, so this way it was one continuous piece.

soaking string in Mod Podge

With the string soaked in the Mod Podge, start wrapping the cone. You can start anywhere but be sure to wrap the bottom several times to give it a nice sturdy base. Wrapping the cone in a random pattern will give you tree a more natural look.

Keep adding string and wrapping the cone until you have the thickness you want.

wrapping a cone with string soaked in Mod Podge

Finishing the Trees

Leave your trees to dry overnight or until the Mod Podge is crispy and hard.

dried string soaked in Mod Podge

To finish your trees, remove the paper cone first.

removing a paper cone

Next, carefully peel away the plastic wrap from the dried string and Mod Podge. If it is sticking to the top of the tree, use a butter knife to carefully peel it off.

removing plastic wrap from a string tree

Once your trees are free from the cones, you can display them as is or add some embellishments. You can even paint one of these gorgeous shades of green if you used a white string: Terrarium, Vintage Laurel or Velvet Palm.

I added little Birchbark stars to one of my trees and love how cute they look. A little dab of glue held each star in place perfectly.

birch bark stars on a string tree

When I was done with my trees, I slipped some twinkle lights inside to give them a little extra sparkle and surrounded them with some beautiful moss.

These little trees are so easy to make and there are so many things you can do with them. The possibilities are endless and they make the perfect addition anywhere you need a little rustic touch.

Christmas trees made from string and Mod Podge

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16 Comments on " How To Make the Cutest Little Trees Out of String "

  1. Lisa

    Lisa,
    These are so creative! And I love how you have them displayed with greenery and lights.

    1. Lisa

      Thank you so much Leigh! They were fun to make 😉

    1. Lisa

      Aww, thanks so much 😉

  2. Lisa

    I have always wondered how to get the string to stand on it’s own like that! Such a cute way to create a forrest! I can’t wait to give it a try.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much Wendy! Even if they were a little messy to make they were really easy and fun 🙂

  3. Lisa

    What a great idea, I have so much yarn that I have have been storing and not using. I should really try to do something like this with it! Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Lisa

      You are most welcome. They would look great out of yarn… there are so many beautiful patterns and thicknesses that you could make all kinds of trees 🙂 Have fun!

  4. Lisa

    So pretty and simple. The possibilities are endless aren’t they? Can’t wait to make these!

    1. Lisa

      Thank you so much and yes, I keep thinking of more things I could do to them. Making some more is going to be a must for me LOL.

  5. Lisa

    These are really cute. What a great idea 🙂

    1. Lisa

      🙂 Thank you so much!

  6. Lisa

    These are so pretty and I love the way you styled them together in a group. I can see all kinds of ways you could decorate with this idea. Brilliant!

    1. Lisa

      Aww, thanks so much Patti! You are so right… there are just so many things you can do with them!

  7. Lisa

    This is such a sweet idea and so simple to make. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much Louise!

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