I cannot believe that we are already in December! This year went by a little too fast for my taste. This month is especially busy for me this year because I have to mentally prepare myself for my husband’s upcoming deployment. Although it’s never fun to plan for deployments, we appreciate this time we have together more. Since we’re spending Christmas in a different place this year I decided it was time to update our tree skirt! We still have the one I made almost 6 years ago, but still. So I’m going to show you how to do a no-sew Christmas tree skirt in this DIY!
Before you begin think about how you want your skirt to look. Are you going for a certain theme or style? It’s easier to pick your colors and style before you go and buy the fabric. If you want to make yours like me then just grab burlap and your preferred color and style fabric. I feel like the burlap gives it a country style look to it while still looking elegant.
Once you have your fabric you’re going to want to grab up your handy dandy glue gun and get ready for serious glue business. Glue guns are cheap and can be bought at any craft store you have near you. I have 3 glue guns but only use one. Also a bag of extra glue is great as well since it’s going to take quite a bit for this project. My tree skirt this year is larger than the one I bought 6 years ago so it’s taking a lot more glue! Heed caution the glue may get so hot that it burns your fingers through the fabric.
Another tip for you: don’t worry about what the tree skirt looks like beforehand. The only thing you’re looking for with the base tree skirt that you’re going to buy is the size. Ask yourself is this the size I need? Any designs on the skirt don’t matter so to be frugal find the cheapest skirt you can find in the size you want. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby and to be perfectly honest I hate the design on the skirt. However, it was cheaper than some of the others and the size worked.
Check out the design before I started the project. Also you’ll see that I stripped it of the design, even though you don’t have to do that.
What you will need for your project:
- Tree skirt
- As much fabric as it will take to cover the tree skirt
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: Pins to hold the fabric
- Cut the fabric into strips depending on how thick you want it to be. Keep in mind that you’re going to end up layering the fabric.
- Start from the bottom of the tree skirt and situate your bottom layer so you know where you’re going to glue it.
- Plug in your glue gun. Once it’s hot you’re going to glue the fabric at the top to the tree skirt. For ruffles make sure to glue the top of the folds so it will keep that shape.
- Add the next layer and do the same. Make sure the bottom overlaps the top of the fabric below it.
- Rinse and repeat.
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If you are new to using a glue gun keep in mind that the glue dries really fast. Don’t try to glue in a line and try to press the fabric down all at once. Glue in sections so that you can have better control over where the fabric becomes adhesive to the skirt.
Unsure about how durable the skirt is going to be with the glue? Here’s a little story… so when I started creating this skirt I did it in several different days. When not working on it I would put it on my workstation. The husband and I went out to dinner and when we came back our husky had taken it down and was using it as a toy. She flung the tree skirt all over the house like a ragdoll. Husband thought I was going to freak out but when I looked it over there wasn’t a single tear in the glue — or in the fabric for that matter! This tree skirt can survive my dog then it will surely survive a lot.
There you have it, folks! A DIY tree skirt tutorial with plenty of time before Christmas to go out and create your own. If the thought of a full ruffled tree skirt is just too many ruffles then do as many layers as you wish. Take a red tree skirt and add a few gold ruffles to accentuate it beautifully. Add lace to a skirt if that’s your thing as well. Just keep in mind the glue can seep through the fabric if you use too much in one section.
So what did you think of this tutorial? What are your favorite colors to use during Christmas? Let me know all about it in the comments below and remember… do it, cook it and be yourself!