Spread glue on the trunk about 1/2 inch up from the bottom. Curl the ends of the branches and glue onto the trunk. Space the 5 branches evenly around the tree.
Cut 4 branches from the straight pipe cleaner. Cut 3 sizes of cross branches for each of the 4 branches.
Twist the cross branches onto the main branches.
Curl the ends of the branches and glue them onto the trunk spacing them evenly around the tree.
Continue to work your way up the tree, making the branches shorter as you go. Alternate straight pipe cleaner rows with bumpy rows. When you are only putting 4 branches in a row, you can use a longer section of the pipe cleaner and make a branch at each end. Bend the piece in half, glue into place on the tree and twist to hold into position.