DIY Styrofoam Wood Chip Tree Tutorial

Wood Chip Tree Tutorial



  • 2 Styrofoam Cones, two different sizes
  • Hot Glue
  • Wood Chips (Grilling section at True Value)
  • PVC pipe fittings, 2 different sizes
  • Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint (sparkly brown)
  • Paint, stain or dye
  • Small Star (holiday pick from craft store)

1. Spray PVC pipe fittings. Let dry.

2. Attach pipe fittings to bottom of styrofoam cones with hot glue.

3. Using hot glue and starting at the bottom, glue wood chips around the Styrofoam cone.


4. Continue working upwards in layers.  Find the right pieces is like putting together a puzzle. I liked using pieces with bark for texture.

Note:  The Weber wood chips were cut on an angle. Gluing the angle and attaching to the cone, made the chip stand out a little.
Note: Thin wood chips can be snapped which is helpful for placing on curved surface.
5. Paint or stain the wood chips and let dry.

6. Add star to top by poking wire into Styrofoam or secure with hot glue. Embellish if desired.


My inspiration was the West Elm seagrass tree but due to a shortage of sea grass in western PA, mine turned out different but not in a bad way…


Simple. Pretty. Natural.
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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