Monday, December 10, 2012

Burlap-ness Tree Skirt

The Holidays are definitely well under way and we are very ready for them in this house. As I had mentioned earlier, we recently made a trip south to get our tree from the beach house. Mark started planting trees around the property years ago and now most of them are huge. Too huge in fact to fit in our houses accordingly. However, Cole and Lucy found a tree that would look nice all decorated and lit up. Above is a picture of the crew trimming the tree so that it would fit in our house. After the tree was up and all decorated I realized that I wanted something better for our tree. I wanted a nice tree skirt to really make our tree amazing. You see for the past several years I have been using curtains from my college years. I knew exactly what I wanted to make and after several discussions with my friend Chelsea we decided that we were going to craft the ever popular ruffled tree skirt off of Pinterest. If my directions throw you for a loop you can follow these directions and images here from Done over Decor.

First I found an old duvet cover (my childhood duvet cover actually, which I could never part with but now I feel better knowing that it will be a magical part of our lives for years to come!) then Chelsea traced around it with an old Christmas tree skirt I purchased from Goodwill. Which I am totally returning for $3.99 I know that makes me sound cheap but really I mean every penny counts here.
Then we collected our fabrics. I used burlap from leftover coffee bags I had and Chelsea used green and cream burlap from our local Joann's store. Then we started cutting it into strips four inches wide.

Then we put on gardening gloves because working with burlap and hot glue is a sticky hot mess. Then we started gluing away leaving room for a ruffle fold every five to six inches or so.
 Then we added a second layer. This project took a lot of fabric. I would estimate several yards of each color or around three to four coffee bags.
 Then my little monster woke up and wanted to over love on Chelsea's beautiful brand new baby Jack. It was quitting time then.
Several mornings later during nap time I got back in the saddle and started gluing away on mine again.
 After several hours of hard determined work I was finished and very happy with my results. I feel like our monstrous tree takes away from the skirt but until next year when we can downsize all I can say is .... I am pretty damn proud of the outcome.
 And my kid looks good in front of it.
 And I love the simple burlap-ness of it.
 Here is a picture of our tree. I know what your thinking ... But it is ours and that's all the matters.

Do it, Make it!

1 comment:

  1. really really super cool! It's nice because the burlap is so woodsy and natural looking.