Grab your star and paint it any shade of yellow. If you want it distressed, go ahead and give it a light sand once it's dry. Sorry, I don't have a photo of this step.
Take your 4 inch trunk piece and hot glue the end of the dowel inside the hole you previously drilled.
Then slide all the pointed tree pieces onto the dowel. Take your star and place it on the top of your dowel. If you need to cut your dowel down a little bit go ahead and trim it down, I just snipped mine down with scissors to the point where my star points sat and the top tree piece. Hot glue the star onto the top of the dowel.
Now for the fun part. Grab your scrapbook paper and scissors or a paper cutter. Cut the paper to match the layers in the tree. Start with the bottom one first.
Yep, it really is just THAT awesome! You'll catch yourself staring at it every time you walk into the room you've placed it in.