Step 1: Materials
14 Gauge Wire
PVC Pipe (Size to suit your need)
A Variety of Fabrics
A tree Branch or Two
Step 2: Foundations
Step 3: More foundation
It is not pretty but this is a process.
Step 4: Selecting the Branches
Step 5: Curly ends
Step 6: Prep the wires
Again not aesthetically pleasing but it will be soon.
Step 7: Get Messy
Here is where the fabric and paint come in. I used different fabrics so my tree would have lots of textures. (Plus I had a bunch of scraps. This is a great opportunity for recycling old clothes that are beyond donating.)
Dip the fabric right into the paint. Be sure it it saturated but ring off most of the excess. Start draping from the base up. I use heavier fabric on the base (Canvas) and lighter on the way up the trunk and into the branches (Cottons and Lycra).
Just worry about getting the shape right now. When the paint dries it will act as primer for the final coats and be rigid enough to hold the shape.