Christmas Project {I’m Behind}

Hey all!
Trying to keep up with my promise of posting more often and I wanted to make sure that I got to this specific post before it was so long after Christmas.

Our tree has always, sadly, had a tree skirt that never quite fit. We got a larger stand that has several screws that go directly into the tree’s trunk, so it’s much bulkier than the traditional metal stands. I finally got fed up being able to see all the stand under the tree and wasn’t willing to spend lots of money on a skirt, so I found a Pinterest link that have a tutorial for an “Anthropologie like” tree skirt.

It was beautiful! Ruffles of linen? Bows to tie it in the back? Sold. So, I tried my best to follow the directions and got my supplies in order. I couldn’t find a drop cloth in the size they recommended, but I did have old IKEA curtains that were already damaged, so I used that as my base layer. I thought I had folded the curtain correctly and cut the right pieces, but of course I didn’t.

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So I put the semi circle pieces together, mended them, and continued on. I began by cutting my fabric into strips for the ruffles. I tried to make the width as uniform as I could, but there were some discrepancies. Be forewarned, this project takes A LOT of fabric and hot glue. Oh, and patience. Don’t be worried about burning your hands, either.

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I started on the outer ring of the skirt and worked my way into the center. I put the glue down onto the bottom layer first, then would fold the fabric into the glue. This way, I thought I would have more control of the fabric. It ended up being a challenge but the final product was definitely worth it.

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Once all the layers have been completed and dried, I added my bows. I used an entire roll of ribbon so I could have big bows. Because all the layers were finished, I was able to conceal the ends under the ruffles. I think that it turned out well! I wish I had better pictures. The color seems very buttery, but it was much more gold in person. Plus, I picked a fabric with a bit of sparkle (of course).

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Overall, this project cost me around $30 or $40 dollars. The fabric was the big expense, mostly because I needed more of it than the original tutorial suggested. The ribbon was only a few dollars and I already had the curtain for the base and the hot glue. Compared to the Anthropologie version, I got off easy!

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What do you think? Did you do any holiday crafts this year?

Xoxo,
Ashley

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