Make a Miniature Tinsel Tree

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With Christmas right around the corner, you may be looking for inexpensive ways to deck your dollhouse. Pipe-cleaner (chenille stem) trees cost next-to-nothing and bring the charm of vintage aluminum tinsel trees to your decorations. You will need metallic pipecleaners if you want a tinsel tree, or pastel chenille pipe-cleaners if you want more of a “feather tree”. My tree took seven 12″ pipe-cleaners.

I made this tree last year for the dollhouse, and had so many requests for instructions that I improved the design and put together a pattern. The construction is quite simple!

  1. feather tree 1 Print out our pattern and make sure that the long “trunk” piece measures 10″ on the printout. With a pair of old tough scissors (don’t use your sewing scissors!) cut out all of the pieces (just lay your pipe-cleaner on the paper and snip the correct length).
  2. feather tree 2 Take the two “trunk” pieces and twist together 3/4″ at the ends. remember which direction you twisted them, you will always twist the trunk in the same direction.
  3. feather tree 3 Pick up the three smallest branches and lay them perpendicularly across the “Y” of the trunk.
  4. feather tree 4 Twist the trunk tightly around them. Twist the trunk together another 3/4″.
  5. feather tree 5 Repeat step 3 with the next set of branches.
  6. feather tree 6 Fan out all the branches.
  7. feather tree 7 If you run out of “trunk” before your tree is finished, just take another pipe-cleaner, fold it in half, and wrap it over the last set of branches, then twist it around the remaining trunk. Continue adding branches.
  8. When you reach the bottom, you can twist a third piece into the trunk, and spread it out like a tripod to hold up your tree. You can also use an empty wooden spool wrapped in ribbon for a sturdier base.
  9. Add metallic beads for ornaments. Try adding fine glitter too. Vintage ornaments always had lots of glitter snow.
  10. vintage tinsel treevariations: Make smaller trees for your tabletops, and angle the branches upward for a different vintage effect

34 responses to “Make a Miniature Tinsel Tree”

  1. Linda

    eeee cute cute cute! Thanks for the great tut Melissa! 😀

  2. kir

    Big thanks Melissa :). What a great tutorial! just in time for xmas! 🙂 *hugs*

  3. Helena

    Lovely! your tutorial is greatly appreciated!

  4. Debbie

    Oh thanks…so much..
    I remember this photo..and I fav’d it..
    But had no idea how to make one..
    I am going to try it right now…

  5. *GreenApple

    I love it! Thanks so much! 🙂 My dollies will be in for a treat!

  6. Christina

    Just made one! Not as nice as yours, a little on the wonky side, but its adding festive merriment to the Blythes lounge room. Thanks for such a great tutorial.

  7. Yaya

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern!! It’s easy to follow and add a punch of fun to our 1/6 homes.

  8. poopychun

    Just too cute!!! 😀 thanks Melissa!

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  10. Dootsie

    If you have cute LED lights, like maybe a blinking pin or even a string of dollhouse lights, put it at the base of the tree. The shiny will pick up the colours, and you will have a twinkling, colourful tree!

  11. Pixie Wildflower

    Thank you so much. I would like to make some of these trees this Christmas. They will be perfect not only for the dolls, but to give people to set on their tabletops, etc.

  12. ginger

    Great tutorial! Enjoyed your blog very much thank you for sharing this with us.Be cute to the eldery on there little tables.
    Merry christmas to you and yours.

  13. Reesa

    Oh, I am definitely going to make one of these! I love those aluminum trees like we had when I was a child in the 60s.

  14. Judy

    This is so awesome, so pretty. I want to make these to go with my folk art santas. Thanks for sharing!

  15. jen

    this is the cutest! i was thinking of making some trees like this but didn’t think the process through – i’m glad i found this tutorial, thanks!

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    thanks for the tree instructions, just what i was looking for.

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    I have not made a tree today but i have gone to this website.

  25. Maria Mattera

    Thank you so much my tree came out just beautiful. It reminded me of a tree we have growing up.

  26. Mary

    I am looking for this exact tree, inexpensive for my desk at work so would need to be 2-3″; any ideas? Thanks

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