DIY Twine Trees


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December 9, 2019
Zoe Hunt




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Wood shelves styled with red and white Christmas decor and twine trees

When we were making our indoor twine light balls, we had some of the glue mixture leftover. Rather than let it go to waste, we decided to make some last minute twine balls to add to our mini Christmas tree display. 

Luckily we were about to make a few more DIY cone trees, so we already had our styrofoam cones handy. 

Alright, let’s start DIYing!

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What You’ll Need

  • styrofoam cones – if you really want the tops of the trees to be pointed, you could also use these cones
  • cling wrap 
  • Elmer’s glue 
  • cornstarch 
  • twine 

How to Make Twine Christmas Trees

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DIY twine trees close-up

Step 1: wrap your styrofoam

Wrap your styrofoam cones in cling wrap. Make sure that they are fully covered to ensure that the completed trees are easy to remove. If you want your trees to be pointed at the top, you can create a small cone with paper and attached it to the styrofoam. 

styrofroam cones wrapped in seran wrap

Step 2: make your glue mixture

Mix together equal parts cornstarch and glue. Then add water until you have the consistency that is slightly runnier than normal glue. This doesn’t have to be exact, so just eyeball it! We ended up using an entire bottle of Elmer’s glue for 3 twine balls and 3 mini Christmas trees.

STEP 3: make the tree

Dip your twine in the glue mixture and then run it through your fingers to remove any excess. Don’t squeeze too hard–you just want to remove some of the excess, not all of it!

twine dipped in glue and cornstarch mixture

Wrap your twine around the cone. We did a random pattern and changed directions often, but you can also wrap your twine in even stripes if you prefer. 

Step 4: finishing the trees

To finish the tree, we cut the twine, then added a little bit of extra glue to the end of the twine and pressed the end onto another piece of twine that was already on the tree. We held it for 30 seconds and then released. 

Wait 24hrs for the glue to fully dry. 

step 7: remove the trees

Remove the twine trees from the styrofoam cones. They should slide off pretty easily. If you are having trouble, gently twist around the tree and try again. 

removing twine tree from Styrofoam mold
DIY twine trees step-by-step tutorial
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