Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DIY Upcycled Ruffled Tree Skirt

When I had my own apartment, I had a ton of Christmas decorations for my tree. I had a purple satin and velour tree skirt, metallic purple ornaments and maroon bows. Needless to say, purple is probably not Todd's favorite color. Last year, we weren't able to put up our tree because we had just gotten married and it was all we could do to organize our newly joined household. This year though, I am determined to make a more gender neutral tree. I'm picturing a kind of rustic theme with muslins, whites and browns with some metallic bronze bling here and there and pops of bright yellow-green, my favorite color and hey, our wedding colors! And as money is really tight around here, I plan to reuse as many things as possible and not spend a dime.

When I went down to uncover my old tree skirt, I found that it had some sort of stain. No worries though! All will be covered up.

After I laid my tree skirt out on the dining room table (where it fit perfectly!), I found an old sheet in my fabric drawer and cut it into 6" wide strips. Yay for rotary cutters!

Next I lined up my first fabric strip on the edge of the tree skirt and hot glued it down. Throughout the process, I only used dots of hot glue. You can certainly use more if you want. I made sure that my fabric strip had a slight overhang because I don't want people to see the purple fabric underneath later on.

To make the ruffles, I just glued the fabric down with another dot of glue about 2-3" inches from the first dot. I then folded the fabric back onto itself to create a ruffle and glued it down. I continued all the way around.

And around.

 And around. While enjoying a great Christmas movie.

As I got closer to the center, the circles were getting tighter and tighter. This required me to make ruffles closer together so that by the last row, my ruffles were practically on top of each other.

Ta-da! One Christmas movie later, I have a totally free tree skirt upcycle!

To prevent massive fraying (because I used a bed sheet and didn't hem), I sprayed the entire thing with some adhesive spray. Not so smart to do inside because everything (including the floor!) got quite sticky but it had to be done with all this Hurricane Sandy outside. But nothing a quick wipe down with hot water couldn't fix. :)

Final product!

* Note: I only hot glued my fabric because this is only a temporary fix for us. Hopefully, in the next few years we can get a nicer tree skirt... or I will get around to making another one. If you want to make this project more permanent, I suggest hemming all edges and sewing your ruffles. If you aren't a sewer, you can fold and glue your edges with fabric glue.

Total Cost: $0
Tree skirt: already had (formerly purchased on clearance after the holidays)
Spray adhesive: already had
Fabric: already had (old white bed sheet)
Hot glue gun and glue: already had
Cutting supplies: already had

Here's a recap:

Happy Christmas Crafting! I really wanted to try it out around the tree but Todd won't let me set up the tree this early. :( I will post more pictures after Thanksgiving when I'm allowed to set everything up!

Idea from here.

Update 11/2: Just a clarification here but I wouldn't put this in the wash unless you sewed it. :) The glue would wash off in hot water and your fabric would massively fray.

Update 12/11: You can view the final product with the tree here.

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  1. Wow! What a fun idea. I love ruffles and haven't managed to learn how to use my sewing machine {that I've had for 14 yrs! lol} so this would be a lot of fun to try! Thank you for sharing! I'm happy to be following you now. Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com any time!

  2. Very cute. Interesting idea that you used adhesive instead of sewing. That is great for those uncomfortable with the sewing machine. I guess you could also use this same idea and sew it if desired.

    I really think it adorable. One of the cutest I've seen.

  3. Great up cycle idea! Following you now via google. Follow me too at www.sewsweetvintage.com I posted chalk board table, whimsical white pumpkins and crafty clothes pin to the whimsy wednesday party!

  4. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-linky-party-6.html

  5. This came out great!! I love upcycling projects. Stopping by from Sew Much Ado linky party and your newest follower.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/10/happy-halloween-evil-queen-costume.html

    Happy Halloween!

  6. Very pretty, I love it! Popped over from somewhat simlpe

  7. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  8. So pretty! I will be featuring it tomorrow at Creations by Kara. :)

  9. I love your skirt too! That is funny that we both pretty much did the same skirt!


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