This holiday season, after a few Christmases with our 2 foot artificial tree from Home Depot, we finally invested in a full size Christmas tree! After getting ornaments and lights (translation: being gifted extras from my husband’s old roommates), there was only one thing missing – a tree skirt! This Christmas I have been into all things cozy and after a bit of online browsing I found faux fur tree skirts from Restoration Hardware and West Elm. Problem: they were $89 and $69, respectively. No thanks. So I waited for them to go on sale: $69 and $55, respectively. Ugh, no thanks. Enter: DIY. It turns out making a tree skirt is incredibly simple. And if you’re like me, you cut out a couple steps to try and simplify it even more. This project cost me less than $20 and only took 45 minutes to make. Below is how I did it:
What You Need:
- About 1.7ish yards of fabric (I wanted to make a 58″ diameter circle) – here is the fabric that I bought
- Tape measure
- Pen, and Pins (or if you’re like me and don’t own pins, thread needles)
How to Do It:
1. I went to our local Jo-Ann Fabric store because I wanted to see and feel their selection of fabrics – I was looking for a very specific long shaggy white fabric. Turns out they have a pretty robust faux fur selection, and if you buy the end of a bolt they give you a screaming deal just to get rid of it. So I ended up buying extra fabric and figure I’ll make a couple pillows with the remaining, or just snuggle with it in bed.
2. Once you have your fabric, lay it out on a flat surface. The lady at the fabric store told me to cut it outside because the fibers will shed everywhere, but it was too damp out, so I chose to lay it on my kitchen room floors I had just cleaned.
3. Using your tape measure and scissors, cut into a square. I did a 60″ square. Make sure you cut straight lines (see #5)
4. Fold the fabric into quarters and pin in a few spots so it stays in place.
5. This is where I started having flashbacks to using a protractor in junior high. Except this time it was much more fun. Take your tape measure, measure out half what your want your total diameter of your circle to be (I did 29″ so I would have a 58″ circle, the only reason I didn’t do 30″ is because I cut crooked in step #3, whoops!), and start marking 29″ on various parts of the fabric from end to end.
6. Take your scissors and cut along the marks you made
7. Now that you have the circle, cut the center hole, hypothetically using the same technique as in #5. Or you could just eyeball like I did 🙂 We wanted our skirt to hug our tree trunk as close as possible so we cut it 1.25″ from the edge of the fabric for a 2.5″ opening.
8. Optional: Cut a slit down one side of the fabric in order to put on tree easier. I’ve noticed most tree skirts have this opening. For us with an artificial Christmas tree that doesn’t shed and can easily be set up around the skirt, we just skipped this step.
9. Shake your tree skirt to fluff it and get the excess cut fibers off (I did do this part outside) 🙂
And here’s the finished product! Merry Christmas everyone!