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String Christmas Trees

Learn how to make adorable string Christmas trees in just a few steps. This holiday décor is sure to add cheer to any home.

String Christmas trees image with text overlay

Is anyone else SUPER excited that there is less than a month until Christmas?? I know I am! I LOVE the Christmas season! Which is why it may be surprising that it took this long for me to post a Christmas project… lol. Not to worry though, there are plenty DIY projects where this one came from! I have been dreaming up these string Christmas trees since last year, and I’m so glad to finally be sharing them on the blog!

They are now on display as a little rustic forest in my living room, with a couple of glittery deer to add to the woodsy feel :) That seems very appropriate since we have deer wandering outside of our windows regularly these days! #northernlife

Let’s get to how I made them!

Image of string Christmas trees and golden reindeer

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Materials Needed to Make String Christmas Trees:

Jute string

Styrofoam Trees

Plastic Wrap


Mod Podge Stiffy

Red and green food colouring

Image collage of foam cones wrapped in plastic

First, you grab your styrofoam tree and wrap it in cardstock so that you get a nice point at the top (sorry, apparently I didn’t show the point in my pic!). Next, wrap the entire tree in plastic wrap.

Collection of string and mod podge to create string Christmas trees

Next, you want to fill a bowl with your fabric stiffener and put pieces of cut up jute string into the stiffener. You want to make sure that the string is soaked and completely saturated with stiffener so that the trees will hold when dry. My jute string pieces were the length of my arms stretched out, from one hand to the other.

Foam cone wrapped with string to create a string Christmas tree

Then, wrap the soaked jute string around the tree in any pattern you like! I had to use tape occasionally at the top and bottom of the trees to hold the string in place while they dried.

Image of string being dyed green

If you want to give the trees some colour, simply add food colouring to the liquid stiffener. You may want to play around and add different amounts of each colour until you get a shade you like. I experimented a bit before I settled on the nice green colour seen here.

Image collage of string Christmas trees

Let the trees dry overnight. After they have dried, carefully undo the plastic wrap, and remove the styrofoam tree. Then, gently tug on the plastic wrap and cardstock to remove them as well. Lastly, pick off any pieces of dried glue that are still stuck to the string. What is left is a nicely formed string Christmas tree.

The Final Product

The final product is a few adorable string trees that will fill your home with Christmas cheer!

Red green and natural string Christmas trees
DIY string Christmas trees
Table decorations made from string Christmas trees

I think they look adorable, and I’m very pleased with how the colours came out. I Love when my dreams become reality :)
Let me know what you think of this project!!

If you are looking for more string projects, check out these decorative bowls I made using a similar process :)

DIY containers made of string and mod podge


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