I was too lazy to brave the outdoors and find sticks so I made the branches from wire then cut strips of hessian (from my wedding table runners last month) and frayed them and wrapped them on the wire. I then sprayed them with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink in a Mini Mister.
I cut the leaves on my Cricut from Kaisercraft paper and glued two together with a thin piece of wire coming out from the inside. I then poked a hole in the hessian, squeezed in some mod podge and inserted the leaf.
The tree doesn't look as 'messy' in real life. The camera had trouble seeing the depth of the project but in real life the branches spray out nicely and don't mush up and blend into one like the picture shows.