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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I Pinned It, I Did It: Ruffled Tree Skirt

I was so excited when I saw this ruffled tree skirt on Pinterest.  I don't have a tree skirt and I love how simple and fun this one is!  ( I cannot for the life of me figure out how to embed the actual pinterest link into by blog post, so a picture and links will have to do.)


Ruffle Tree Skirt - No Sew
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This past Sunday I went to work and tackled it all in about 5 hours.  I headed to the store at 10am for the materials:



  • Painters canvas drop cloth (4 1/2 x 4 1/2) ... I couldn't find one this size, so I went with a 4 x 5 and made mine 4 ft in diameter. 
  • 4 yards of linen fabric ... I actually used a cotton fabric that I found for cheap and only used 3 yards of it. 
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • fabric scissors
  • grosgrain ribbon
I followed the directions that Pinterest took me to, from this website: HGTV No Sew Tree Skirt.  I had to start out by making sure my canvas was a square.

I then folded the fabric into quarters and then a triangle to make the circle.





After that, tedious stuff started...  I cut the white cotton fabric into 2-3 inch strips and then hot glued it to the canvas while pinching it to look ruffled.  





The finished product...

When the ruffles are done, take the ribbon and hot glue it to the slit in the canvas so that once it's around the tree, you can tie the skirt shut.  Make sure you leave enough room to tie it into pretty bows! 

I left the ribbon at the store, but hopefully I will have a finished product picture for you soon!
What do you think?  I can't wait to see what it looks like around my Christmas tree!


I linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.  See how the pro's do it at bowerpowerblog.com and younghouselove.com.  These are two of my favorite blogs...take a look! 


96 comments:

Econicho said...

That is BEAUTIFUL! So frilly. Looks better than the original.

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

This is so pretty! Last year, I craved a neutral Christmas so I just flipped my current tree skirt over to the linen side. This would be so much funner!

DeniseMarie said...

Love this - I have been eyeing this project too, and you have inspired me to try it now. Thanks!

Stephanie said...

Wow, that is so beautiful! Just saw it on the Pinterest link party, you did an awesome job. It is going to look too pretty to put presents on top of it :)

carol said...

I am so impressed!! Who are all those people?

Paula said...

Love it! Its beautiful! You might have to make me one someday :-)

Jenny S said...

Oh my gosh! This is AWESOME!! LOVE IT!

Erin leidlein said...

Love this! I have like 30 burlap table runners left over from my wedding.. I wonder if I could use that instead... Hmmm

rachel j. said...

i wonder if a white flat sheet would work for the ruffles?? might be cheaper...

Casey M said...

I LOVE THIS!
I saw it on pinterest too and I will be making one as soon as I buy supplies!

Aja said...

SO pretty! I'm definitely doing this! Makes me want to break out the tree and Christmas music! :)

Aja

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

Oh this is perfection! Yours looks amazing! I might need to try my hand at this... I dont have a tree skirt and my ferrets (oh yes, don't judge! haha!) love to lay under the xmas tree!

Can't wait to read your other posts! <3 I'm in NC too!!!!

apinterestaddict said...

Love this - can't wait to try it!

Lisa said...

Beautiful tree skirt. My very expensive one was ruined by tree sap and an eager ex-husband that packed it away without it getting cleaned. I may have to make this. Hope you're still loving NC as much as I do.

Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com said...

This may sound stupid, but I still don't understand what the ribbon is used for or where exactly to put it...help?! I love your tree skirt though, and you make me feel like I could tackle it too. Do you think only hot glue would work or would fabric fusion glue work just as well?

Miss Honey and Nutmeg said...

So beautiful! I really want to make this....I really enjoyed the tutorial!

honeyandnutmeg.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I think it's gorgeous bu you must have paid a fortune for enough hot glue sticks. I think sewing one would be easier. But that's only if you sew. Either way it's an eye catcher!!

Anonymous said...

where do you find a painters canvas dropcloth? Could something else be used in its place?

Ruth said...

This is gorgeous. I think I need to try this. Thanks for sharing it.

Ruth

Lauren said...

Holy Cow!

Rachel - a white sheet would work great as well, I just used what I had.

Anonymous - I found the canvas drop cloth at Low's Home Improvement for about $3.99. I'm sure any hardware or painting store would have one.

Also, the hot glue sticks were really cheap as well. I used a mini glue gun and the gun and glue together cost about $10 from A.C. Moore.

Monica - I'll post about the ribbon and how to tie it soon.

Thank you all!

Barbara said...

I did the same thing and bought a painters canvas. Haven't decided if I am going to just use muslin or get some Christmas patterned cotton. Yours looks great! It doesn't look like your material raveled any that you gathered. It looks so pretty!

Julie said...

I LOVE THIS!! I want to make it sooo bad.. and that fact that you don't have to sew, makes it all the more appealing to me! ooh I will definately have to find a painters drop cloth and fabric!! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Holly K. said...

This is also on my to-do list this christmas. But I've been wavering on whether I should sew or not. Do you think the Hot glue will "Stand the test of time"?

Lauren said...

I'm not sure how well it will last, considering I haven't even used it yet, but it seems very resilient.

franknbellesmom said...

Really pretty! (My dogs would sleep and/or pee on it though!) I think the sheet idea would work well, and if you leave the cut edges alone, they may fray into a 'shabby chic' sort of look!

franknbellesmom said...

Beautiful! (My dogs would sleep and/or pee on it.) ;) I think the sheet idea is wonderful and would fray nicely to make a 'shabby chic' look after washing (but only if fabric glue is used - hot glue and washing don't mix!).

Bug said...

I love this idea. You could even take stips of 2 complementing colors and make it.

Adrienne said...

Wow! That's gorgeous!

Danielle said...

Can you explain how you folded it exactly? I tried to make this and my canvas didn't come out in a circle. I know you said quarters but did you fold in half, then in half again, the fold to make triangle. Please help.
Yours turned out beautiful.

Lena said...

LOVE IT! I am writing up my Christmas wish list/to do list on my blog right now! I'm totally going to link it to this post because this is a MUST do for me! Thanks!

cassandra said...

I'm wondering whether this could be dyed...hmmm. Using different color of strips is a good idea too.

Ruthie's Girl Designs said...

This is a great craft idea. Saw this on Pinterest originally as well. I think I'd do a running stitch through the strips first then pull them to be ruffled instead of ruffling as I went. I think it would make the project go faster. A Running stitch only takes a minute on the machine and maybe two by hand. Great job!

Katie said...

Great job on this! I've been thinking about making my own tree skirt! Might need to make a similar tree skirt--love that you don't need to sew!

Kristy S said...

I love this idea! I'm going to try it! Thanks for showing the step by step process!

Salena @ A Little Piece of Me said...

I love this!! I want to make one now.

Pidg said...

I am absolutely in love with this! Holy cow it's gorgeous. I love to admire tutorials but I think I will actually make this one! Love it!

Brittany Holy said...

Pinterest has a toolbar that you downloan to click on pictures on certain website you like. Love this idea thanks for sharing.

Keisha said...

This is beautiful!!! You did such a wonderful job!

Otter said...

Is it wrong I kind of want to make one of these and then WEAR it? It's just so frilly...and floofy! Heck with Christmas, I'm gonna make one of these bad boys, dye the ends of the frills in a soft pink or purple and make one killer, feminine skirt from it! ^__^

Anonymous said...

I am going to attempt this but with different colored fabric. Hope it turns out just as beautiful!!!

SweetWahine said...

This is really cute! I'm going to try and decorate for Christmas this year. <3 I want to try this!!!

Biz said...

This is lovely!
I'm new to North Carolina myself and trying to adjust from city life in Austin to the slower pace here.
I'll be back to check out more of what you do soon!

Have a Blessed Sunday!
Biz

Jean said...

you can buy fabric already cut to that size, they are called jelly rolls. how about an hombre skirt?

Donna said...

I love it!! I cant wait to try to make one~~ I hope it looks half as good as yours!!

MELANIE said...

WOW...what an amazing job you did! I can't sew if my life depended on it...but Im tempted to try this one! What a beautiful holiday setting that skirt makes.

MJ
Lucky 7 Design

fabulousfinishes said...

Lovely, and GREAT play by play!

Laura @ Our Prairie Home said...

LOVE THIS! Especially since I can't sew! Fantastic!!

art is beauty said...

I had to share this on my Face book page....AMAZING!! LOVE IT!!!
Karin
www.artisbeauty.net

Lucy Designs said...

turned out great! love it!

GypsyFleur Vintage said...

YOu mean the ruffles were made with just hot glue and pinching the fabric? When I first saw it, I thought you had to sew and create all those ruffles. This is just FABULOUS!!

Reno and Reorganization said...

Wow!! I love it!

GypsyFleur Vintage said...

You did a FABULOUS job! I just Pinned it too on my Pinterest. Just LOVE THIS!!!

Kristen said...

This is beautiful! I will have to make this for next year.

Tabitha said...

I love this idea! Nice job on the ruffles.

I found you via Pinterest and I really like your blog - new follower!

Tabitha

Anonymous said...

i just made this out of an old white sheet. i sewed it instead of glueing it. It went so much faster and i believe will last longer. Dont be afraid of sewing it. it only took me 2 hours and i didnt burn my fingers.

*camp1899* said...

so impressed!! found you on pinterest (; love your step by step.. am wondering if it's holding up well so far.. the glue i mean? looks beautiful!
*tiffany*

Bella said...

So beautiful! Found this on Pinterest as well! Going to attempt this soon!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, I am working on it now and it's looking great :)

Dana-v said...

Thanks to YOU and Pinterest for this amazing DIY! I linked you on my blog! :)

Lauren said...

Holy cow! Thank you all so much!

Christy said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I just made one too... so beautiful and so easy!! Glue gun... now that's my style! I hate sewing! :)

Joanna said...

Beautiful! I'm going to run with this idea and make six stockings to match:)

Hibiscus House said...

This is very beautiful I shared it on my blog and on another's. You did a great job.

Mrs. Holly K. said...

http://sethhollykravetz.blogspot.com/2011/12/7-stages-of-crafting.html?m=1


I pinned it, I did it! But I decided to sew mine so to be more permanent :) great job!

onelifetolive-tolove-togive said...

Thanks for posting this! You inspired me to try one too (with my own touches of course!). I'll be linking your blog onto my blog so others can see what I used for inspiration!

Sarah said...

So beautiful. I recreated my own version and linked back to you. Thanks! http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2011/12/shabby-christmas-tree-skirt-diy.html

Anonymous said...

My daughter made one this Christmas and used a black fabric with silver pine trees on it and it looked very nice, as her tree was done in silver ornaments.
Personally, I think I'd use the sewing machine to make this, but if you don't have a machine the hot glue method is great.
Thanks for sharing!

The Keylors said...

Just made one!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial! So fun!

Devine Salvage said...

I found this on Pinterest also. When we finally get settled after our move this is on my to do list. I have a tree skirt but i'm tired of it so I want to make this one. Thank you for the detailed intructions.

missy said...

Does the fabric start to fray?

Bellapamela said...

I would buy a thin material or sheet and cut into 4 inch strips and fold (maybe iron) and glue top raw edges under above strip so the folded end shows.

Anonymous said...

CRinQC says . . . Even though I store all my Christmas stuff in the basement, there's no way that glue would hold up under our intense Arizona heat. Would have to be sewn but looks gorgegous. Now I just have to find some material and then recruit someone to sew this for me!

Katie said...

For those who think the glue won't hold -- glue and then sew over the top! It is much easier than gathering yards and YARDS of ruffles.

Karen Stevens said...

I really love this! You did a great job. I agree with Otter, it's a shame to put so much work into this to just put it under the tree. I think the best thing about pinterest is seeing things others make and putting your own spin on it. I would only suggest tearing the strips instead of cutting. Would be much faster. Thanks for posting!

Glamorous Mommy said...

It looks fantastic! I just may attempt this, this year!

-Fotini

Emilyface said...

Yours turned out beautiful - I like it even more than the original! Way to go, and thank you for posting this tutorial. I think I am going to have to try it out now :)

**************************************** said...

Hello, I just pop over from Pinterest. Frist let me say WOW to you. You have inspired me to make one of these. I have a tree that my Grandparent used and now I have had it for 30yrs.(old tree lol)anyways this would look great under this tree. Like turning back the clock. Thank you again. Paper Wishes & Crafty Dreams :0) Brinda,Indiana

Aunt Kat said...

I love it!!! Good job and good instructions for those of us who may want to try this! It's adorable!!!

Aunt Kat said...

This is absoluely adorable...I LOVE IT!!! You did a great job...AND thank you for the "easy to follow" instructions for those of us who may want to make one!!! Beautiful!

CGM said...

this is beautiful!!!!! it looks amazing! if you can, could you post a picture with the ribbon when you have it so I can see how it looks with the ribbon?? Even without it it looks incredible!!

Sônia Maria said...

Linda saia e um excelente passo-a-passo. Beijos

Anonymous said...

You know you made something pretty when someone is claiming your work as their own on Etsy! I found your exact/skirt, claiming to be made by someone in TX.

Miss Eshbaugh said...

Wow!

This look amazing! I couldn't find a tree skirt last night for my tree! I will definitely be doing this!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Looks fantastic! I hope to try this out this week. I've also been eyeing up a similar project on Pinterest. I really like your tutorial. Megan

Tracy said...

How does it look after a year in storage? Do you love it as much this year as you did last? Thanks for the great tutorial - planning to do this soon!

Anonymous said...

Thx! My crazy girls want a hot pink and blaze orange tree and I can find nothing to match. I will have to try this alternating those colors. Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! THANKS FOR SHARING!

Its not all sugar plums. said...

Sooooooooooo cute , clever love!!!

Its not all sugar plums. said...

Very cute love

Anonymous said...

Perhaps she answered all your questions but for those of you who haven't figured it out yet the grosgrain ribbon is glued to each side of the slit to create ties. you could also fold the ribbon over and glue it around the insides of the slit for a bit more decorative finishing touch.

Anonymous said...

Question couild you dye the fabric before you put the skirt together? I am not a big fan of white in my house (however your's is beatiful mine would be balck before noon)

SleepyOwl said...

OMG this will totally solve my ugly tree skirt issue! I have a flat fabric one now. I wonder if I could just use it as my base instead of the drop cloth.

Just a thought....wouldn't a rotary cutter speed up the cutting process? I was wondering if there was a specific reason why you didn't use one.

Rachael said...

Hobby Lobby now has a ruffle fabric that may work for this project, it may save time

Anonymous said...

you could totally make this into a adorable skirt for kids

Peggy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I hope mine turns out like yours! Can't wait to try!

Anonymous said...

wondering if anyone has made this using a satin ribbon, like the satin blanket edging?