Supplies needed: length of dowel (diameter isn't really important as it will be covered anyway); small container to "plant" the tree in; pipe cleaners/chenille stems in green - both regular and bumpy; scissors, tacky glue (I used Fast Grab); stain pen or paint in brown for the trunk
Paint the dowel. It doesn't have to be perfect as most of it will be covered.
Glue the dowel into the planter.
Trim a section of the bumpy chenille for the tree top and glue into place. Cut 5 bumps and cross branches of straight chenille in 3 lengths for each of the branches.
Twist the cross branches on to the main branches.