Glitter Tinsel Tree

These miniature trees -- decorated in pins, draped in garlands of tinsel, and topped with tiny glitter stars -- help make all of your days merry and bright. Erect one in the middle of your table for a centerpiece or arrange them as a set for a winter wonderland scene.

Glitter Tinsel Tree

Source: Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005


You can copy or enlarge templates as desired (ours were 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter).


  • Serrated knife

  • 18-to 24-inch Polystyrene cone

  • Surform planer (available at hardware stores)

  • Multiple straight pins

  • 1/2-inch wide tinsel garland

  • 2-inch Wooden disk

  • 3- to 4-inch Dowel

  • Craft glue

  • Plastic-headed pins

  • Glitter


  1. Using a serrated knife, cut about 2 inches from the top of an 18-to 24-inch polystyrene cone. Using the surform planer, round off the point.

  2. Using a straight pin, affix one end of a piece of about 1/2-inch-wide tinsel garland to base of cone; wrap garland around cone from bottom up, keeping rows close together and pinning as needed. Pin end; repeat with new pieces as needed. (You may need several pins to keep the top neat.)

  3. Make tree trunk: Glue a 2-inch wooden disk to a plain spool. Glue a 3- to 4-inch dowel in spool hole for a snug fit. Puncture cone's base with dowel; press it in.

  4. Trim tree: Pin metallic trim onto tree, if desired, as well as silver Dresdens (for colorful centers, embellish plastic-headed pins with glitter). Glue a pin to the back of the tree topper; pin to tree. Glue decorative trim to spool.

  5. To make the tree-topper, follow our instructions for the Tinsel Snowflake and adjust size accordingly.


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