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How to make DIY twig Christmas trees

Want to make an eco-friendly and basically free Christmas decoration? Here’s how to make DIY twig Christmas trees!

There is some thing about the holiday season that just makes me want to craft.

Over the years, I have made a ton of different small table top Christmas tree crafts. They add a wintry field to our home, even if we live a short drive from the beach.

Today I want to talk about how to make a Christmas tree made of sticks.

These small twig trees are perfectly rustic and a child friendly craft to make if you are looking for Christmas decorations to make with your kids.

So, get outside, get into nature, and gather some natural items. I made these trees with twigs we found in the woods in front of them behind our house.

You could go further and decorate them with things like small pinecones or acorns for natural effect, or pom-poms, buttons, and bows for more of a colorful pop.

Really personalize them to match your preferred aesthetic! Here’s how easy it is to make DIY twig Christmas trees, this holiday season!

how to make twig christmas trees

Want to make a Christmas tree with larger sticks? Check out our tabletop driftwood Christmas tree tutorial!

Do you need to clean twigs before using them for crafts?

Whether or not to clean nature items before bringing them into your home as a personal choice. For me, it depends on the condition that the items are in when I find them.

In the least, you were going to want to lay everything out on an old towel or some newspaper, and let it dry really well before crafting with it.

If you think that your sticks might have bugs or a fungus, you can wash them with hot soapy water, or even hot water with a little bleach mixed in.

Some people like to bake nature-found items like sticks and pinecones in the oven at 200° to kill anything on them.

Personally, I just tried to select clean-looking sticks and didn’t bring in anything mossy or too dirty.

how to make twig christmas trees

How to make DIY twig Christmas trees

Here’s how to make DIY stick Christmas trees and 3 different styles to inspire your crafting!

Supplies needed:

  • small twigs or branches
  • hot gluegun + glue sticks
  • optional: tree decoration craft supplies (string, beads, pom poms, small pine cones, etc)
twig christmas trees

Steps to make a DIY Christmas tree from branches:

STEP 1: Clean your sticks

Clean off your sticks of any loose bark, moss, or dirty. You can wash them if necessary. Let dry completely.

twigs and a hot glue gun

STEP 2: Sort your sticks

Sort into piles by thickness. You generally want thicker pieces as the trunk or lower on the tree, with thinner sticks as you move upwards. Having them sorted makes the rest of the craft go quicker.

STEP 3: Create a base

If you want your tree to stand up such as on a tabletop, create a triangular base. Use hot glue to attach them.

For hanging trees, select a branch to be the trunk of the tree and arrange it vertically on your work surface.

base of a twig christmas tree

STEP 4: Make the triangle

Select twigs to make the triangular outline shape of the tree. Aim for 3 branches that are similar in thickness and color for best results.

For a tabletop tree, this will be like a pyramid. For a hanging tree it will just be a 2-D triangle.

You may need to snap the branches to your desired length.

Hot glue together.

using hot glue to assemble a twig christmas tree

STEP 5: Add cross-pieces

Now, break twigs and hot glue them horizontally across. Play around with it, but I like a bit of a diagonal for a garland look.

For a hanging tree, you might add plain horizontal pieces. Go with longest on the bottom and shorter as you work up to get the triangular tree shape.

Use hot glue to hold in place.

twig christmas trees

STEP 6: Decorate!

This is optional, but you can hot glue on decorations, too. Add buttons, pom poms, string, or natural items like pine cones and acorns!

Once it’s fully dry, let the hot glue cool completely, then pull off any stringy bits for a clean finished look.

I love how these branch Christmas trees turned out! A great rustic touch for holiday decor and perfect for small spaces!

Yield: 1 twig christmas tree

How to make a twig Christmas tree

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0-10

These DIY twig Christmas trees are natural, crafty, and basically free to make. Here's how to make them!


  • twigs or sticks
  • optional: decor items like acorns, pine cones, pom poms, buttons


  • hot glue gun + glue sticks


  1. Gather thin sticks and branches
  2. Clean your sticks of loose bark, dirt, or moss. Wash if necessary. Let dry completely.
  3. Sort sticks by color and/or thickness
  4. Plug in your hot glue gun
  5. Make a base - either a triangular base for a 3D tree or a trunk for a hanging tree. Connect with hot glue.
  6. Create a triangle - 2D for a hanging tree or pyramid for a tabletop tree. Hot glue together.
  7. Add cross pieces - hot glue in place
  8. Optional: use hot glue to attach decor
  9. Let cool and pull off any excess hot glue strings

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