DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt Handmade With Love

 DIY tree skirt

I’m not a D.I.Y-er; I don’t have the patience and I’m just not all that crafty. This year I wanted to change that. After falling in love with a ruffled tree skirt on Etsy (but not with the $180 price tag) I decided that this was going to be the project to tackle.

I was really excited to start this project. I love the idea of a handmade Christmas decor item, especially an item like a tree skirt. I wanted to do something in neutral colours so when I decide to change up my tree decor, I could always use my handmade skirt.

I originally got the idea from HGTV. I wrote down the supplies they used, simplified it a bit and swapped a few of the materials out for more affordable options. I did keep their technique of making ruffles and hot-gluing them to the base.

This was an easy project, but very time consuming. It took about 5-6 hours and a lot of labor went into it (my knees and back were killing me at the end), but I’m so happy it’s done. I’m incredibly proud of it.

Materials Used:

  • 3 metres of white felt
  • 4 1/2 metres of cotton fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 28 sticks of glue
  • Scissors (make sure they’re sharp)

DIY Tree skirt

First I made a few cuts. One in the middle and around the edges (to make it round). To do this I folded up the felt to make sure my cuts were even. I then made a slit down the middle (this is so you can get it around the tree). Heat up your glue gun.

diy ruffles

Take your fabric and cut 2″ strips; don’t worry about it too much if they’re not even. Mine definitely weren’t and I think it added to the charm of the skirt. Predetermine where you fabric will be glued on, you want the edges of your cotton to over hang a bit, about 1-2″. Take your glue gun and (in little sections at a time) glue your fabric on. How you decide to make your ruffles will probably be what’s easier for you, but the above photo shows how I did it.


I ran out of fabric (for the second time) right at the end. I called it good enough for this tutorial but I will have to go back to the craft store later today and finish up. I made the skirt really big.

DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt

Finishing this project felt amazing.  A huge sense of accomplishment and now I’ll have a special, sentimental decoration to enjoy with my family for years to come.

Tree skirt

This Christmas I’ll be adding as many handmade touches on the holidays as I can. This project is done, but I’m also wanting to make my own gift wrap and a few other decorations.

Do you craft special items for the holidays?

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DIY Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt - No Sew, easy and beautiful!


  1. Natalie says

    This is really beautiful! I wish that I could make this for our house. Unfortunately, it would not be seen, because we have a gigantic village underneath our tree (which gets bigger and bigger each year).

      • Natalie says

        Oh, you should! It’s beautiful to look at! Some of them can be very expensive, though. But if you buy them after Christmas with the discounts, or if you can find them at thrift stores, they are very affordable :) Another option is, if you don’t mind them being much smaller, The Dollar Tree sells houses/buildings, and some people as well. We have a combination of bigger and smaller buildings, so I use the smaller ones towards the back, like in paintings: the smaller objects are further away :)

  2. Kimberly B says

    Wow the skirt is stunning! I absolutely have to do this. Thanks so much for sharing. Now I have yet another project to do.

  3. Victoria Ess says

    That’s so beautiful! What an accomplishment and it looks way better than many skirts that I have seen in stores.

  4. Heather Knight says

    I love how the ruffles make it look so full. Mine is store bought and is small and limp. Maybe I will give this a try to get some fullness effect! Thanks for the idea!!

  5. Jennie says

    Does the white fabric fray at all after it has been cut. Just wonder how this is going to hold up in a few years after all the work of making it. Thanks :)

    • says

      Mine isn’t too bad Jennie. You can see a tiny bit of fray (from cutting) but it’s not out of hand or really noticeable (it’s year #2 now).


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