Tree skirts can be really expensive when you go to buy them. I discovered this when I went looking for one last week. I also discovered most stores have very generic tree skirts that are very "Christmasey"...you feel me?
So you know the drill...if I can't afford it....I MAKE IT! Luckily, my aunt had just given me tons of burlap while at her house for Thanksgiving so I decided burlap would be the material to use.
One problem......I don't sew (yet). Another problem.....burlap is sold in lengths that aren't wide enough to make a full tree skirt to fit our tree. Well....I better figure out how to make it work!
Let me explain....
I laid out the burlap and flattened it out the best I could....creases are no good for cutting. After measuring the base of our tree I drew a circle, with chalk, where the tree would be. Now, because the burlap I had was not wide enough I simply hot glued some extra burlap pieces to the original burlap piece to make the width I needed (you can't even tell). Our tree sits up against a wall allowing me to make the skirt longer in the front and shorter in the back.
Cut burlap according to the measurements of the base of your tree. Our tree base was 14'' so I cut a 14'' circle in the middle, cut a slit for the opening, and rounded the edges of the burlap to make a circle.
Hot glue, yes hot glue, your choice of ribbon around the edge of your tree skirt. I used straight pins to keep my skirt on the ironing board while gluing. My tip is to choose a material that has ruffles. The ruffles are not only cute but they work better around a circular object.
Place your tree skirt around your tree, take a step back, and admire your gorgeous (inexpensive) work. Now, don't tell...but I actually ran out of edging for my tree skirt...but no one will ever know (except you) after all of the presents are under the tree. I can always hot glue some more edging later....
I mean come on....how simple is that? Looks good, is inexpensive, very easy...can you ask for more?
This tree skirt cost me a mere $4....for the ribbon edging. If I had to buy the burlap I probably would have spent about $14...either way...you can't beat that.
Oh Christmas...how I love thee.
I know your tree skirt will turn out great! Peace out for now!