DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt
I’m not a D.I.Y-er; I don’t have the patience and I’m 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. So I ran to the craft store to start my DIY ruffled tree skirt!
I was really excited to start this project. I love the idea of a handmade Christmas decor item, especially an item like a diy ruffled 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.
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DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt
- 3 metres of white felt
- 4 1/2 metres of cotton linen fabric – this link is very close to what I used, but the color was whiter, more of a cream.
- Hot Glue Gun
- 28 sticks of glue
- Scissors (make sure they’re sharp)
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.
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.
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.
Update: It’s two years later and my DIY Ruffled tree skirt still looks amazing. Each year I have to fluff it up a bit after being in storage, but that’s it!
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.
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