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Tabletop Tinsel Tree

Display special holiday ornaments on a sparkling tabletop tree made with tinsel.




  • 16-gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Measuring tool
  • 10 yards 1/2-inch wired tinsel or pine garland
  • Floral tape in color that approximately matches garland
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • 24-inch-long, 1/4-inch-round dowel
  • Floral tape in color desired for trunk
  • Planter, pot, or container (optional)
  • 3-inch length of 1/2-inch pipe or 1/2-inch pipe nipple (optional)
  • Quick-set cement (optional)


  1. Step 1

    To make tree branches, cut seven 6-inch strands of floral wire and six strands of tinsel or garland of each of the following measurements: 7-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, and 13-inch. Cover each strand with floral tape that matches the garland.

  2. Step 2

    Make a loop at one end of each wire branch piece with needle-nosed pliers.

  3. Step 3

    Measuring from the top of the loop, mark wire at the following measurements for each branch:13-inch branches: 6.25 inches from top10-inch: 5.25 inches8-inch: 3.75 inches7-inch: 3.5 inches6-inch: 2.5 inches

  4. Step 4

    With pliers, bend each wire branch at the mark at a 90-degree angle.

  5. Step 5

    Insert 1/2-inch wired tinsel garland into loop of each wire branch; twist garland around branch to cover up to bend. At the bend, snip garland with wire clippers.

  6. Step 6

    To make the tree trunk, wrap dowel with floral tape in desired color for finished trunk.

  7. Step 7

    Use floral tape to tack the six longest branches around the bottom of the dowel, evenly spaced, aligning bottom of uncovered branch wire with bottom of dowel. This will make the bottom tier of the tree. Cover all exposed wires entirely with floral tape to fill out trunk.

  8. Step 8

    Bend down all branches on the first tier to attach the next tier of branches. Attach the six branches of the next tier, aligning bottom of uncovered branch wire with top of first tier. Repeat this process to attach all five tiers of branches.

  9. Step 9

    For the top tier, attach seven branches instead of six, bending one branch straight up at the top of the tree. Trim dowel down to height of tree, if necessary.Tip: All branches may be folded down against trunk for storage.

  10. Step 10

    To make your own tree base, place a 3-inch piece of 1/2-inch pipe or pipe nipple in the center of a pot, planter, or container. Fill in around pipe with quick-set cement. When cement is set, place bottom of tree in pipe to hold in place, and fill in over cement with decorative pebbles or beads.Alternatively, place bottom of tree in a container or vase filled with sand, gravel, or pebbles.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010



Reviews (6)

  • timtex 6 Apr, 2012

    I actually made one of these yesterday, and I think there is another error in the measurements. The middle tier on mine came out looking like the same size as the one above it. The instructions say to make these tiers 3.75" and 3.5" respectively, but I think the middle tier needs to be longer, probably about 4.25 inches. Fortunately I have enough materials to redo that section.

  • timtex 19 Mar, 2012

    Seems there's a typo in step one--should read "six strands of floral wire" instead of "7 six-inch."

  • grannymemaw 16 Dec, 2010


  • kissylou 9 Dec, 2010

    I made 2 of these trees last night ! They were fun and easy to make .I used the screw on canning jar lids with the [filtered word] in that you used for making lights ,filled one jar with marbles and the other with coffee beans for wieght. The trees turned out great and look so cute. Many Thanks to the staff at M.S.for coming up with this craft. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  • jnetti 7 Dec, 2010

    This is such a great project. I really can't wait to try it. You rock Martha and your crew. Thanks so much. You really are fabulous.

  • danikac 3 Dec, 2010

    I probably wouldn't do this with the garland because they frequently contain lead and phthalates, neither of which I want in my house or want my kids exposed to. However, I would use this technique with feathers to make my own feather tree. I've been wanting a white one and a pink one for my daughter's room. Might give that a try.