In the spirit of celebrating the many firsts this year, I decided to make my own tree skirt.
In the past – I’ve never had my own Christmas tree. During college, holiday breaks were usually around a month long and spent at my parents’ house, so I was excited to finally go out and get my own tree this year. And to continue with the breaking of holiday traditions, I splurged on an unnecessarily large REAL tree. Growing up, we always had a fake tree thanks to our plant-eating cats and never really like the idea of having to clean up all the mess from fallen needles.
Boyfriend and I picked up a tree from the local volunteer fire station – felt better to help them out rather than just pick one up outside a grocery store. I may have been a little over-zealous picking one out, but with the lack of furniture, the extra-full Christmas tree really helps make the room feel cozier. Note to self: BUY MORE FURNITURE BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER. I would also like to take this time to thank him for the close to half hour he spent under the massive, very full, full of sap tree I’d picked out trying to screw it into the stand with my tea spoon. 🙂 Annnnd now my spoon looks like this:
All Kirk (yeah that’s what we named our tree… Kirk Douglas. Get it?) needed after the hand-me-down ornaments from my grandparents was a tree skirt. And thanks to Pinterest, I knew exactly what I wanted to do – make a ruffled tree skirt. Here’s how I made it:
- about 3 yards of fabric for the ruffles (I used 2 yards each of 2 different fabrics) – $25
- scissors – free (already owned)
- ruler or measuring tape – free (already owned)
- glue gun w/ about 20 or so glue sticks – $5
- 5’x5′ canvas dropcloth – $10
Total cost: $40 , but I had too much fabric and didn’t already own my own glue glun (also you could cut cost by using an old tree skirt as a base).
First, I folded the canvas into quarters and using the same process for making a circle skirt, measured and marked the fabric with a 5″ radius and a 2 1/2′ radius with little marker dots. Using the dots as a guideline, I cut the canvas and opened it up to reveal the giant donut shape. Then I cut into the circle to create an opening for it to go around the base of the tree. Note: The 5″ radius inner hole is a bit big – I’d advise going for about 3″ so that you have a 6″ hole instead. Then I cut the fabric for the ruffles into 4″ wide strips. I used red and white fabric to alternate.
Starting from the outside of the skirt and working my way to the middle, I applied a small line of glue following the curve of the canvas about 2″ from the edge (so that the ruffle would hang over the edge of the canvas). I then started gluing the fabric making sure to fold up the top edge that was being glued to create a ruffle effect. Using the alternating fabric for the next row, I applied the glue line again about 2-3″ from the top of the last row so that the ruffles would overlap. I wasn’t very precise when I did this, but I think the imperfections just add to it. I considered hemming the fabric strips before gluing them so that they wouldn’t fray, but also decided out of laziness that I preferred the imperfection.
Once all the layers of ruffles were in place, I glued 6 short white ribbons (3 on each side) to the split in the skirt so that I could tie it together. Honestly – I didn’t end up needing to since the middle hole I’d cut was too big, I ended up having the overlap the edges to pull the skirt tighter around Kirk’s trunk otherwise it sags and shows stand. Hindsight, I’d have cut the inner circle smaller, but I still think it looks great!
Once again, I apologize for the iPhone pictures – I’m slow at uploading ones from my camera. And yes, those heinous vertical blinds and eggshell apartment paint are on the list of things to address next in this apartment. I’ll probably start tackling those projects after the holidays.
In the meantime, here’s a teaser for my next project…