I’ve been wanting a new Christmas tree skirt since we got our 10 foot pre-lit tree from my mother in law 6 years ago. Every year, and especially since Pinterest, I surf the web for tree skirt tutorials. Most I’ve either disliked or couldn’t make a decision on fabric. Several were too small or so big that you couldn’t find large enough fabric. One I loved but couldn’t find the right fabric. WTH man? So, every year I’ve put up the same 1980’s handmade tree skirt that used to be used under my tree as a kid.
Now I AM going with a vintage Christmas theme this year, but that little skirt just doesn’t do the trick. It’s too tiny under our giant tree and I’m desperate for something different.
I found this lovely tutorial over at Homey Home Design. Click HERE to visit her site and the direct tutorial. It’s really simple and thrifty.
This one uses a canvas drop cloth as the main portion of the skirt. It’s perfect because they come in large sizes for relatively inexpensive and gives a little rustic look. I love the neutrality of it….you could really add any color leaves or pom poms that you fancy. And the project is fairly quick . I think I completed mine in an afternoon (minus washing and drying the drop cloth first).
I stuck with the colors that Jody used. Something just struck me about the gray, white and cream. I also washed the drop cloth, per her recommendation, it does make the material a bit softer…not so stiff.
My leaves are no where near as perfect as hers and placement gave me some pause. I didn’t have a super amount of patience to make a perfect pattern, but I think the randomness ended up looking ok.
For a few years I considered buying a new skirt. I found they were about $40-80, which is not A LOT of money, considering how many years one could possibly get use out of it, but I could never pull the trigger. I think my cheap side has been taking over recently. Or maybe my crafty side says, “that’s just too much. I can make something myself for cheaper”.
This skirt cost around $20 to make. I think with good care, it could last many years. But because it isn’t a lot of money I won’t feel bad if my style changes and I want to get something new.
Drop cloth- Everbilt 6ft x 9ft Canvas drop cloth. $14.68 @Home Depot
Gray felt sheets– individual around $.50 at Joann Fabrics
White craft pom poms- around $2.50 at Joann Fabrics
Other tools needed: Sewing machine to sew far edges of drop cloth, glue sticks to attach and secure the felt leaves and white berries.
I had plenty of fabric with the 6×9′ cloth and could’ve gone a little wider with the skirt. My inside circle (the part the lays around the base of the tree) should’ve been a little smaller too. But overall I am super happy with this little skirt. It looks fantastic with our Christmas color palette and had a little rustic/vintagey feel to it.
Please, please visit Jody over at Homey Home Design- I’m not here to copy and say this skirt is my own. She did all the wonderful leg work and put together a really great tutorial. http://www.homeyhomedesign.com/2012/11/christmas-tree-skirt-tutorial.html?m=1