Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ruffle Tree Skirt {plus a peek at my Christmas tree!}

Oh yes, I did!  I made something I stumbled on and then pinned to help me remember to make it.  And I actually did.  I've probably only made like 1% of all the things I've pinned.  But this was too great to just sit on my Pinterest board and never get around.

What is it you ask?  Why a gorgeous ruffly tree skirt!

It was inspired by this one from Miss Mustard Seed.  Oh my, so beautiful!  I needed it.

So I followed her tutorial.  Which was super simple and easy.  You wouldn't think so by looking at that gorgeousness.  But it is! 

I used some scrap white fabric I had that was big enough for the base.  Miss Mustard Seed used drop cloth.  Great idea if you don't already have something big enough on hand since it's cheap for the amount you get.  It doesn't really matter too much.  Just something big and neutral. Lucky for me we only have a small tree so I halved the amount she recommends. 

Here's my base piece. {and you can see the tutorial I was referencing on my iPad, haha}  It ended up being about 5 feet in diameter. 

Then I cut out tons of strips of fabric.  I bought the cheapie muslin for $2 a yard at JoAnns.  And I got 3 yards of it.  I didn't quite use all of it, 2.5 yards might have been enough.  But remember, I did a baby tree skirt.  A real size tree would need a whole lot more! 

My first ruffly ring.  It took the longest, obviously.  I like that it gets faster as you work your way in.  

And then after tons of glue sticks, a couple hot glue gun burns, and a few hours...
The fabric will fray, which adds to the beauty of it. 

 I'm in love with it!

After I finished I was kinda glad we don't have a full size tree.  Phew, that would have taken way longer to make. 

And for fun, here are a few of my ornaments that I love.

We got that horse one last year.  I HAD to get it.  I mean, we live in Lexington, KY- the horse capital of the world!  Is there a better way to remember and document our few years here?! ;)  I always get an ornament each year that has the year on it.  That's what my mom did.  And now I love picking one out for my family tree.

Now that my tree has a skirt it looks so complete and perfect, I'm just so happy!  {Plus she's modest, so that's a bonus;)}

So whaddaya think?  Did it turn out almost as good as the original?!

linking here :)


Ali Richardson said...

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful Jenn, WOW! I love it SO much! Great job (& your ornaments are great too).

Rick and Kori said...

WOW! I am super impressed! It is beautiful! Looks like it came right out of a magazine! I also love all your cute ornaments. What a good idea to get one with the year each year....I might have to start doing that :)

Megan Wynn Volnoff said...

Wow great job!!! I'm sure that took a lot of patience... That I just don't have right now. Totally jealous!

Amber said...

That is so pretty! You have such skills!

Kevin+Ashley said...

i LOVE that tree skirt! good job!

skye @ neathering our fest said...

It's gorgeous!! You did such a great job on it :) I'm super jealous - once you fingers heal from the burns you should make me one! :)

Grace said...

It's beautiful! I love it! You are so amazing!

Bart and Em said...

I love it! I actually also found that tree skirt on line and thought about making it. I am so glad that you did. I will have to come over and see it;)

Rachel said...

Oh, I loooove it! I may have to make one of my own for my naked tree! Thanks for posting

Jeff, Cassi and Forest Trish said...

OMG that is amazing! I wish I had that kind of patience to make that.

I am following your blog now.
Check out my blog, I am having a giveaway that ends 12/14

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Time consuming, but it looks like it was worth it.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This is absolutely georgous! So pretty and well worth the time; it looks elegant and expensive. My favorite craft for this year. Merry Christmas!

Herocakepops said...

Best Christmas craft I have seen yet!

A Few Pennies said...

Love your idea! Your tree is beautiful.