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How to Make Twine Trees (Easy Dollar Tree Winter Decor)

Learn how to make a DIY twine tree using Dollar Tree materials. This is an easy, budget-friendly way to decorate for Christmas or the winter season.

Three cone trees made of jute twine with the text "DIY Twine Tree, a Dollar Store Craft"

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Overview

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make DIY twine trees for the holiday season. While I used Dollar Tree materials for this simple project, you can use supplies from any craft store as well.

The rustic trees are made from jute twine covered in craft glue. Once dry, the twine hardens and it will maintains the cone tree shape. Such as easy Christmas craft project!

Prior to making this tutorial, I experimented with different types of Dollar Tree glues, including plain white glue, and varied the amount of water I added to each. I found that Aleene’s Tacky Glue (slightly thinned with a bit of water) and Mod Podge Matte (without any added water) worked the best for me.

DIY Twine Tree Project Supplies: a piece of poster board, a disposable tray, Mod Podge Matte, Aleene's Tacky Glue, Jute Twine, and scissors.

You can make other shapes too. Check out the end of this post for additional twine DIY projects, such as mini Christmas trees and handmade ornaments.


Instructions for Making Twine Trees

Here’s What I Used

Materials

  • Natural Jute Twine
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue (or Mod Podge Matte)
  • Plastic Travel Bottle with Tops (2.7 oz)
  • Poster Board
  • Disposable Plate or Tray
  • Painters Tape
  • Water
  • Plastic Wrap

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Large Nail (about 3″)
  • Yarn Needle (optional)

Time needed: 1 day.

How to make DIY twine tree holiday décor.

  1. Punch holes in plastic container

    Hammer a large nail through the lower portion of a small plastic travel container, near its base. Why the holes? Because you will thread twine in one hole, through the glue-filled container, then out the other hole. This results in glue-coated twine with less mess.

    I found a 3-pack of these small travel bottles at the Dollar Tree.

    Hand holding a large framing nail to show where to hammer it into a plastic bottle.

  2. Widen holes

    Twist the nail around in each of the holes to make them slightly larger. This makes it easier to thread the twine through the holes.

    Hands twisting a nail around to widen a hole made in a plastic bottle.

  3. Snip of end of twine

    Because the end of the twine tends to unravel, cut off a small bit to form a clean end. If the twine starts to unravel before you can thread it through the holes, just make another small cut.

    Hands trimming the end off a twine with a pair of scissors.

  4. Thread twine through holes in container

    Carefully thread the twine through the two holes. This took me a few tries before I was able to grab the twine on the other side of the bottle.

    If you’re unable to push the twine through both holes, try using a yarn needle (a needle with a large eye) to thread the piece of twine.

    Series of two images showing (1) twine being threaded through holes in a small container and (2) the container after the twine was threaded all the way through both holes.

  5. Add glue to container

    Add Aleene’s Tacky Glue (or Mod Podge Matte) to the plastic bottle.

    Pouring Aleene's Tacky Glue into the plastic bottle with the twine threaded through it.

  6. Temporarily cover holes with painters tape

    To prevent glue from leaking out the holes, temporarily cover the holes with tape.

    Covering the holes in a plastic bottle to prevent glue from leaking.

  7. Add water and shake

    Add a little bit of water to Aleene’s Tacky Glue, just enough to slightly thin the glue. Shake well to mix the water and Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

    If you’re using Mod Podge, there’s no need to add water.

    Pouring a small amount of water into the plastic bottle with Aleene's Tacky Glue.

  8. Form cones with poster board

    Cut a piece of poster board and roll it into a cone of your desired size. Add tape to prevent it from unrolling. If the top of the cone has a gap, just form a tip with the tape.

    As an alternative, you can use a floral styrofoam cone. However, for this project I wanted to use supplies that I could find at the Dollar Tree. Plus the styrofoam cone would be an extra cost.

    Two images: The first shows hands rolling poster board into a cone shape. The second shows hands taping the cone.

  9. Trim board

    If the base of the cone is not flat, trim it so that the cone stands level.

    Scissor trimming the bottom of a poster board cone to make the bottom level.

  10. Cover with plastic wrap

    Cover the poster board cone with a layer of plastic wrap. If needed, tape down the plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will prevent the wet glue from sticking to the cone when it dries.

    Plastic wrap covering a poster board cone.

  11. Pull twine through container to coat with glue

    Pull the twine through the container to cover the twine with glue. This part can get messy, so I wore gloves. The disposable tray or plate helps protect your workspace from the glue.

    You could just dip the twine directly in a plate or small bowl of glue. I tried pouring the glue directly in the tray in the image below. However, I found using the string-through-the-container method to be less messy.

  12. Tape twine to bottom of cone

    Tape the end of the glue-covered twine to the bottom of the cone. This will help keep the string taut when wrapping it around the cone.

    The starting piece of glue-covered twine taped to the bottom of the cone.

  13. Wrap cone with glue-covered twine

    Keep pulling twine through the glue mixture and wrapping it around all the way to the tip of the cone.

    Wrap twine up and down the cone too so that string crosses over itself many times. This crisscrossing of the string in a random pattern helps make the final structure stronger.

    Two images: (1) wrapping glue-coved twine around a cone shape and (2) wrapping the twine in other directions around cone.

  14. Cut string

    After wrapping the cone with the glue-covered twine, cut the twine. Cut the string after it comes out of the container.

    Don’t cut the string before the entry hole because you won’t be able to rethread the twine through holes without cleaning out the container first.

    If you plan to make more twine projects, leave the string in the bottle and cover the holes with painters tape.

    Scissors cutting the glue covered string after wrapping the twine around the cone.

  15. Let string trees dry overnight

    Set the cone aside to let the glue dry overnight. The glue-covered string will harden and provide structure to the twine tree.

    Trio of poster board cones covered with twine coated with glue that hasn't dried yet.

  16. Remove poster board cone

    After the glue has dried, remove the interior poster board cone. It may stick a bit because of the glue. Just carefully pry the poster board away from the interior of the cone.

    Two photos: (1) hands prying poster board cone from interior of twine cone and (2) hand removing the cone from the twine tree.

  17. Remove plastic wrap

    Next, remove any remaining plastic wrap. Carefully pull on the plastic wrap. If it’s stuck to the twine, don’t pull too hard (you could bend or damage your tree).

    Instead, poke the plastic with the end of a paint brush or similar object to unstick the plastic. After a bit of time you’ll be able to pull the plastic wrap out the bottom of the cone.

    Series of two images: (1) hands poking plastic wrap stuck to inside of twine tree with end of paint brush and (2) hands pulling the plastic wrap out from the inside of the twine tree.

Three twine trees with styled for the holidays with a vintage toolbox filled with white roses and red winter berries, and a vintage washboard.
Twine Christmas Trees

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Other DIY Twine Decorations

You can use this process to make other rustic decorations.

Christmas tree decoration

Add mini lights, small jewels, or ribbon bows to the twine tree to make miniature Christmas trees. Add a star or bow to the top of the tree.

Twine balls

This easy DIY project uses regular balloons instead of a cone. Wrap the glue-coated string all around a round balloon inflated to your desired size. Don’t forget to cover the balloon in plastic wrap. Pop the balloon once the glue dries.

DIY Christmas ornaments

You can make twine ball ornaments by adding a hook, ribbon, or string to the twine balls to hang them on your Christmas tree. Try experimenting with different colored string.

Glitter twine ball ornament

Use the same process as above, but add glitter to your glue or, even easier, use Glitter Mod Podge.

What Have You Made with Twine?

What do you think of this fun project? What else have you made out of twine? Let us know in the comments below!

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