Here is a link to a Christmas tree made with dowels... I hope this helps!
HiCarolyn, hope this helps you,
This one looks gorgeous
First find your timber trunk and then drill holes through it to take the dowels.
Then cut the dowels to represent the! branches of the tree and thread them through the timber. Paint as required. Enjoy!
Here is a cute idea https://www.pinterest.com/pin/485825878555820862/