Place cut dowel rod with a drop of hot glue into the styrofoam base directly in middle.
Next, begin with 8 large ornaments, lining color as you choose around the base.
Using the ornament top, push into the styrofoam.
Pull back out and apply hot glue then push back in and hold to set.
Repeat the process for the other 7 bulbs on this row.
Next change to 6 bulbs either all solid colors or mixing depending on the look you want to style.
Stack these setting on the edge of the others more towards the outside of the tree.
Glue one at a time and make sure to GLUE in between as well.
Space and arrange once glued and still not set.
Repeat onto the next layer.
Before moving on, I suggest dressing the dowel rod, you may see it, so use an iridescent bow and lightly yet tightly affix to the dowel with glue and then move on.
I even added a few sparkle pipe cleaner, but I should have just done all bow, it's easier
Now, Then move to create 3 rows of 5 bulbs.
Play with the setup to make it all even and rounded out.
You want to be thinning the tree as you move up, just like a real tree, you are working to a point
Next 2-3 rows of (4 bulbs ) depending on the size you used below.
If you used 1" bulbs you will be creating 3 rows, if you used larger bulbs you will have just 2 rows of 4.
Then a row of 3 and 2 bulbs until you are at the top.
Affix the largest bulb you have to the top of the rod with glue.
Then fill beneath it to fill it in with vase filler ornaments.
Once you are done with the bulbs, it is time to fill the between the bulbs.
Simply cut the wide iridescent bow into a 4" strip.
Cut that in half again, now you have 2 pieces.
Take one piece and twist it a bit, like you are making a bow.
In the center, apply some hot glue and press it between any open spot on the tree.
Repeat this over and over until the tree looks like iridescent burlap is filling any open cavities without OVERDOING it.
Don't forget to also cover the base (styrofoam with a bit of the iridescent bow as well, just using enough hot glue to coat without over-doing or letting it drip on the base or it won't stand straight.
Let this all set up for about an hour and then you can gift and use it immediately.