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Pipe Cleaner Decorations: Christmas Tree

With its pipe-cleaner candles, this small fir recalls a time when Christmas trees were brightened with flame. Five "snowflakes" encircle a 12-inch spine of wrapped floral wire.




The tree is made of five snowflakes in graduated sizes and a cross for the top. With a wire cutter or old scissors, cut two 1-inch sticks and three 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-inch sticks.


  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pliers
  • Sticks


  1. Step 1


    Twist each group of three sticks together at midpoint for six-pointed stars. Twist smallest two sticks into a cross.

  2. Step 2


    Add branches to largest star: Starting at center of each spoke, twist on two 2 1/2-inch sticks; tighten by clamping down on twist point with round-nose pliers. Follow with a 2-inch stick, then a 1 1/2-inch stick. Keep spacing even.

  3. Step 3


    Finish other snowflakes as shown. For 5-inch snowflake, use six 21/2-inch sticks, six 2-inch sticks, and six 1 1/2-inch sticks. For 4-inch snowflake, use six 2-inch sticks and six 1 1/2-inch sticks. For 3-inch snowflake, use six 1 1/2-inch sticks. For 2-inch snowflake, use six 1-inch sticks. You now have five snowflakes and a top cross. Twist three 12-inch stems of same green chenille around an equal length of 16-gauge floral wire, working from bottom up for about 3 inches. (A wooden spool makes a good tree stand.)

  4. Step 4


    Slip biggest snowflake onto "tree trunk"; the three sticks fit between spokes of snowflakes. Twist three trunk sticks tightly, for another inch before sliding on next snowflake. Continue in this way to top, leaving a 1-inch trunk above. Trim excess wire.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2000



Reviews (10)

  • Carol5683 14 Nov, 2013

    I loved this little project. I made it about 12 years ago and enjoy bringing out every year.

  • Majly 20 Dec, 2012

    Hi tried out making the tree. The Christmas tree turned out to be really good. Thanks for explaining it in detail.

  • 8 Dragon 15 Dec, 2012

    Hi, I like the idea put the pictures are too little to see, can you put bigger pictures?

  • FutureMartha 1 May, 2009

    I tried making this and it ended up so cute! Two thumbs up :)

  • CaroleOR 30 Dec, 2008

    I saw the instructions for this tree and really wanted one, but had too much on my plate as it was. Hubby ended up making one while I finished up our Christmas cards one evening.

    It's really cute, and I have it displayed with some Willow Tree angels.

    Next year I'd like to make several for gifts, and a larger one for myself.

  • Gwendolynalice 20 Dec, 2008

    I am making this tree just as it is pictured. The tree has turned out nicely and I am making a skirt, packages, etc. just like the picture. I am putting it in a glass display cube for posterity. I love it!

  • KDBee46 17 Nov, 2008

    My tree turned out really nice. The decorations hid any imperfections. I put a red tree skirt on it and mounted the whole thing on a round mirror. Then I glued a baby deer fawn snuggled up under the tree. The whole thing is fabulous! Thank you Martha.

  • KDBee46 15 Nov, 2008

    I'm halfway through and very frustrated. I can't get them centered when I twist! They always end up lop-sided. My snowflakes look like a two-year-old did them and yet I like them. They're beautiful. I suppose with practice it will get better.

  • Halloween_fan 16 Aug, 2008

    This tree is very easy to make.

  • MarthaFanPatty 5 Aug, 2008