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My Favorite Christmas Tree Craft

I can’t wait to share how to make my favorite Christmas tree craft. I used pipe cleaners to create snowflakes and put the trees in Borax to add the crystallized effect.

Christmas Tree Craft

I love these Snowflake Trees. They are made from pipe cleaners and I used Borax to crystalize the trees. I think this is my favorite Christmas tree craft!

Christmas Tree Craft

I have seen trees like this made from pipe cleaners, but I added a twist and added the snowflake crystalizing. Aren’t they magical?

You might remember the snowflakes I made using this crystalizing method. These trees are made by creating snowflakes as branches!

Crystalized Snowflake Tree

Watch the Video How to Make The Snowflake Trees Here

Here is the video of my Live Facebook demo to learn how to make the Snowflake Trees. 

 

These trees are easy to make and perfect for the holidays and winter season.

How to Make My favorite Christmas Tree Craft – Snowflake Trees

The tree is made of five snowflakes in graduated sizes and across at the top. 

Christmas Tree Craft Supplies

What You Need to Make Snowflake Trees

White pipe cleaners

Wire cutters

Needle nose pliers

16 gauge wrapped floral wire

Wooden spools

Birch bases

White paint

White Glitter

Hot glue gun

Borax

How to Make Christmas Tree Craft

Start with the largest snowflake (it gets harder to work with the snowflakes the smaller they are). Using a wire cutter, cut three 6 inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, two 2-½ inch lengths, one 2 inch length, and one 1-½ length. Starting with the 2-½ inch lengths, twist one of the lengths onto the first spoke at the midway point. Use needle-nose pliers to twist tightly onto the spoke. Twist the second 2-½ length slightly closer to the end of the spoke in the same way you twisted the first, using needle-nose pliers, twisting tightly onto the spoke. Twist the 2-inch length slightly closer to the end of the spoke and finally the 1-½ length closest to the end of the spoke. Ensure that all of the smaller lengths are tightly twisted onto the spoke. Cut and twist smaller lengths onto all six of the spokes of the largest star to create a snowflake.

For the next snowflake, cut three 5 inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, one 2-½ inch length, one 2 inch length, and one 1-½ inch length. Follow the same directions above for adding the smaller lengths to each spoke of the star to create the 5-inch snowflake.

For the next snowflake, cut three 4 inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, one 2 inch length, one 1-½ inch length. Follow the same directions above for adding the smaller lengths to each spoke of the star to create the 4-inch snowflake.

For the next snowflake, cut three 3 inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, one 1-1/2 inch long. Follow the same directions above for adding the smaller lengths to each spoke of the star to create the 3-inch snowflake.

For the next snowflake, cut three 2 inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, one 1 inch length. Follow the same directions above for adding the smaller lengths to each spoke of the star to create the 2-inch snowflake.

For the tree topper, cut two 1 inch lengths and twist into cross. 

Snowflake Trees

Once all of the snowflakes have been created, take a 16 gauge floral wire and starting with the largest snowflake, measure out where the snowflakes will go on the floral wire with about 1-2 inches (spacing evenly to end with the cross at the top of the floral wire. Using the hot glue gun, glue the largest snowflake onto the floral wire. Glue the next smallest snowflake onto the floral wire about 1-2 inches (spacing evenly to end with the cross at the top of the floral wire). 

Once all of the snowflakes have been glued to the floral wire and the glue is dried, cut a pipe cleaner into a 4-inch length, and starting with the largest snowflake, wrap the pipe cleaner over and under the spokes at the glue to secure the snowflake onto the wire. Use is 4-inch length for the next snowflake and then 2-inch lengths for the final snowflakes. 

Christmas Tree Craft

Mix Borax with boiling water in a sealed container. (Use 1 1/2 cups per 8 cups of boiling water.) I used some large glass vases. Hang (or place) the trees, upside down, in the Borax/Water. Leave overnight 

How to Crystalize Pipe Cleaner Trees

The trees crystalize and are gorgeous! If the branches stick together, just lightly pull them apart.

To keep the trees upright, I made a base with wooden spools and a birch base.

Christmas Tree Craft

Using a hot glue gun, attach the spool to the birch base. Fill the hole about 1/2 full with hot glue and add the stem of the tree. Hold in place till secure.

I wanted the bases to be white so I pai=inted them with chalk paint.

Christmas Tree Craft

Before the paint dried, I added some white glitter.

Christmas Tree Craft

I think these trees are so magical!

Pin the image below to your Craft or Christmas decor boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest!

Crystalized Snowflake Trees

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8 Responses

  1. Leslie, these trees are fabulous.
    Is the Borax solution a one time use only? Or, can the solution be used more than once such as making trees on successive days with the same solution.

  2. I used the Borax solution exactly as instructed but by morning there were no crystals at all that had formed. Any ideas what could have gone wrong?

  3. These are just fantastic! I just ordered the chenille stems you’ve got me so interested…lol.
    Love these sooo much!

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