Ruffled Burlap Tree Skirt

Friday, December 21, 2012

I promised a tutorial for this tree skirt last week but never got around to writing it up - so sorry!

The inspiration for this project came from this tutorial by Miss Mustard Seed:

Source: via Jenna on Pinterest

Now let's dive right in.

Get yourself a canvas painter's tarp from Lowes or Home Depot and cut a 4.5' x 4.5' square.  (Canvas by the yard is kind of expensive and seems to never be on sale at Hobby Lobby, so do yourself a favor and get a tarp and you'll have plenty leftover for other projects!)

Fold the square into quarters.

Then fold it into a triangle.

On the open, non-folded end, free hand a semi circle.

Trim along the line you drew and also cut a small semi-circle at the folded point.  Make sure not to cut this interior circle too large!

Now you can open it up and you should have a donut!

Cut a slit from the outside to the inside circle so you have a way to fit it around your tree.  At this point, you can use some fray check around all the cut edges, or be lazy like me and not do that.

Now, cut 4" wide strips of burlap, and starting at the slit you cut, hot glue a burlap strip along the 4" edge.  Make sure it hangs off the canvas about an inch so you won't see the canvas in the final tree skirt.

Using your fingers, create little ruffles and place dots of hot glue where my fingers are in the below photo.  Hold until it sets, then move on to the next one.  

Here's one layer all done!  Repeat for subsequent layers, overlapping each layer about an inch.  When you get to the end of one burlap strip, just grab another one, overlap it a couple of inches and keep ruffling.  You really can't tell in the finished product.

Yes, this will take forever, but it will be so worth it when you see your cute new burlap tree skirt under your tree!

I didn't make any ties to hold it together or anything, I just shoved it under there and overlapped the slit as much as I could so it looked continuous.  Honestly, though, unless someone is going to get down on their hands and knees and inspect it, I don't think ties are 100% necessary.  Don't make more work for yourself than you have to!  :)

So, that's it.  A little time consuming, but super duper easy.  It may be a little late to make one of these this year but maybe you'll have some free time in January and you can get started on next year's decorations.  One can dream, right?

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