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Tree Skirts

Hi everyone and Happy Thursday!! Last week, the kids convinced me to put up our Christmas tree before we left for our 5 day Thanksgiving celebration.  After we go back, I’ve slowly started to pull more Christmas decorations out for the rest of the house.  So, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, minus the snow of course.  We haven’t seen any of that yet!

How about you? Is your home beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

While we were celebrating Thanksgiving my mom and sister asked me to help make them a tree skirt, similar to the one I made last year, and that was published in this month’s Simply Handmade magazine.

So, we went to Joann’s to pick out fabric while it was still on a great sale from Black Friday weekend! SCORE!! Plus, we each had a 60% off coupon–perfect, since both  my sister and mom needed a heavy-duty glue gun for this project!  Oh, I also picked up fabric to make my little brother a tree skirt.  He has requested an Ohio State tree skirt…that isn’t too girly- lol!  I am not sure how I am going to do it yet, but I am sure I will figure something out!

(Ps. Did you hear that Ohio State was undefeated this year?  They had me a little nervous during their most important game against Michigan…but, they pulled it off!)

Okay, back to the No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirts- My mom chose a country-ish cookie cutter fabric pattern, along with red burlap.

I like how it turned out!  I am LOVING the texture the burlap gives it–and burlap is so HOT right now!

My sister chose a Christmas green polka dot pattern and tan burlap.  Loving this one too-especially since it’s with the green! Looks like she already has Christmas presents wrapped too—what do you want to bet those are for her niece and nephew ;)

My mom, sister and I all have these ceramic trees, that sit atop a base that lights up. We grew up with one, but in 2007 it was lost in the Cedar Rapid flood, along with many other things.  I looked long and hard to find one to replace it- for my mom that Christmas.  They aren’t very easy to come by,  and I luckily came across one on Craigslist.  My mom, bought one for the the girls in the years to come.  And, now they will be a traditional decoration in our homes.

Anyway, my sister took a small piece of leftover drop cloth and burlap and made a little tree skirt for her ceramic tree. :) Cute, right?

Today I will be working on the “Ohio State” skirt- and then everyone will have handmade tree skirts for years to come-

So tell me, is there a special decoration you put up every year? What about your tree skirt, what does it look like?

 

 

11 Comments

  1. Beautiful trees! Love those tree skirts!

    Talk about a flasback! My mom used to make those ceramic trees many years ago—she sold ALOT of them. We had all different sizes, everywhere in the house—drove my father crazy! lol

    • I thought they were something you could only get from a crafter years ago! They are getting harder to find now, as I don’t think as many people do ceramics in their homes :)

  2. Hey Sarah!! They turned out gorgeous! But, how DID you do it then? Loads of hot glue?! I absolutely love the green one! Well done..oh, I too, have a ceramic tree! i love love love it! I have 2…One plain green with green lights and a gorgeous cream slightly sparkly with clear lights in it!! Thanks for the memories and I will have to look for it and put it out!

    • Yes, loads of hot glue! I had a tutorial on my page last year but when it got pulled for the magazine I had to take it down for a bit! You basically cut your fabric into strips and glue and ruffle as you go! :)

  3. Oh my those ceramic trees were everywhere. My Mom made one for everyone in the family. LOL I think she may still have one! Love the tree skirts. They are very pretty!

  4. Sarah…I mader one of those ceramic trees years ago…it is packed away somewhere, I think… not sure where!
    It was my son’s first Christmas tree when he was just a 2 month old baby, it gave just a little night light glow! Ahhh, memories!
    LOVE your tree skirts! Somehow I missed that tutorial…better get the magazine, huh?
    Thanks
    Teresa

  5. I ONLY PUT UP MY CERAMIC TREE. wHEN I TAUGHT CERAMICS IN MY NEIGHBOR HOOD , EVERYONE HAD A CERAMIC TREE. I CANT TELL YOU HOW MANY I MADE AND SOLD. THE TREE I HAVE HAS A SPECIAL BASE. ITS DONE UP IN PRESENTS AND TOYS. each ITEM ON THE BASE NAMED FOR FRIENDS, iT SEEMS LIKE AGES AGO, iM NOT IN TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE, ANY MORE AND THEIR PARENTS HAVE PAST ON. BUT I STILL BRING IT OUE. iT HAS TO BE OVER 30 YEARS OLD..mY SON AND DIL DECORATE NOW . iVE GIVEN THEM ALL MY ORNAMENTS ,AND COLLECTIBLES FROM CHRISTMASES PAST. ONE ORNAMENT IS DATED 1979. fOR ME Christmas IS A DIFFICULT TIME BUT NOW I TAKE JOY IN WATCHING MY SONS FAMILY, ESP THE GRANDCHILDREN. WELL THE SHOPPING IS ALL DONE FOR THIS YEAR, NOW TO FIND TIME AND SOMEONE TO HELP ME WRAP ALL OF IT.
    dawnRI

    • I love wrapping Dawn! Wish I lived closer :)

  6. Wow, These tree skirts look fantastic. I love the materials the chose and the one for the ceramic tree is so cute.

    I’ve got a couple decorations out, but need a new tree, but we’ll be finishing up this weekend.

  7. Hi Sarah – how big of a piece of canvas did you start with ? Love this skirt. Also did you use 2 yds or 4 yds of each for the ruffles? I might need to try this project.

    • You can use a 5×5 drop cloth- we couldn’t find one the day we went out, so we bought a similarly sized rectangle and cut it into a square. For my original I used nearly all 4 yds. They had a little more left over from their 4 yards because they weren’t as ruffled.

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