DIY Tree Skirt

As you may know, this is our first normal sized tree in our new home in the burbs.  In previous years, we had gotten mini NYC sized trees so this year I had to get real and get a real live tree skirt.  I started searching online and was floored by how expensive they could be!  I was inspired by ones that I had seen at Ballard Designs and Terrain but wasn’t willing to spend, when I knew I could make it for under $20.

 

You will need:

1.5 yards of the fabric of your choice

3.5 yards of trim

scissors

twine and clip for a makeshift compass

fabric glue

Step 1: pick out a fabric and figure out what diameter you want.  For mine, I wanted a 36″ diameter skirt.  I took the fabric, folded it in half, took a ribbon and a sharpie and made a makeshift compass to make a perfect circle.

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This is what my fabric looked like after I cut out my half circle and unfolded it.  I chose a red metallic burlap fabric from Joann Fabrics.

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Step 2: Cut a circle and a slit to the center so that you can actually put it around the tree!

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Step 3: Just Burlap looked plain and unfinished so I went back to Joann Fabrics and got some burlap ribbon trim.  I had to do a little math to figure out how much I needed (my math teachers/tutors are feeling pretty smug right now I’m sure).  The formula is Circumference= Pi * Diameter SO C= 3.14 * 3′ which ended up being 9.42 so I rounded up and got 3.5 yards just in case. photo 1

Step 4: I started out by hand sewing the trim onto the burlap but both pieces were a very loose weave so I ended up pinning and using fabric glue to adhere the trim.

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Step 5: Remove the pins and admire your work!

 

 

 

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Its the perfect amount of festive red and rustic burlap.

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My last step is to figure out our tree topper that doesn’t break the bank either!  What do you guys think?  Did you buy your tree skirt or make yours like I did?

 

xoxo

Alicia B.

Alicia B. Gift Guide

gift pics

Everyones doing gift guides so I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring with some fun creative options!  I’ve included price options for all budgets and I’ll show you stuff from more than just J. Crew.  Get shopping!

bariloche belt

This boss (yeah, I’m bringing that word back) belt from La Matera for $145.

Boden t shirt

How cute would your little guy (I’m talking to my sister here) like this Abdominal Snowman shirt from Boden for $26.

Cooper Hewitt Forget me knot ring

A great gift for a new girlfriend or a younger sister/bff from the Cooper Hewitt Museum.  The Forget Me Knot ring for $55.

jack spade iphone case

No, I don’t care for cigarettes but I appreciate the humor in this fun iphone case–a great stocking stuffer or a gift for your friend with a sense of humor.  Rockaway Iphone Case from Jack Spade for $19.

Keil James Patrick Daniel Boone bracelet

For your old school preppy friend who summers up in Maine that you really miss from Kiel James Patrick (Daniel Boone Bracelet) for $58.

Lulu Lemon yoga bag

For your best friend who makes you feel very Ommm, this fun Namaste Yoga bag from Lulu Lemon for $48.

Mansur Gavriel tote

If you’re feeling generous you MUST get this bag–maybe even just for yourself.  This large tote with a pink interior (many other colors available!) from Mansur Gavriel.

Mark & Graham cocktail napkins

Here’s a great hostess gift–monogrammed coasters!  Let your host know that you’re not regifting by personalizing these with a monogram and many fun colors to choose from!  Linen Satin Stitch Coasters from Mark & Graham–$35 for a set of 6.

Mark & Graham ice bucket

Another personal and festive gift is a classic monogramed ice bucket from Mark & Graham for $45.

mrs strong calendar

 

For your super sophisticated and organized friend or a great client gift, this fabulous calendar from Mrs. Strong for $125.

Metallic pillow william sonoma

 

Do you have a friend, sister, daughter, or wife that LOVES fur…and shiney things?  This fabulous pillow from Williams Sonoma Home for $149.

 

Are you sufficiently inspired?  My family is big on gifts for Christmas and love finding the perfect gift for every person.  I can’t wait to give gifts this year–and this year we are going to my husband’s family for Christmas, which we have never done before and I’m really excited!  Up next, is my reveal of my DIY tree skirt!!

 

xoxo

Alicia B.

 

Alicia B. Christmas Ornament Guide

Martha Stewart Tree

 

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us…but not the stuffing yet…we only have 3 weeks to decorate for Christmas!  So while you were Black Friday Shopping, I was scouring around looking at ornaments for you.  Here is the best of the best, or just a few ideas to get you started.

 

Anthropologie double decker bus

A bit of British Flair with a double decker bus from Anthropologie.  C Wonder

A bit of sparkle is always festive with this fun glitter ball from C. Wonder.

Crate and Barrell alpaca

Our family loves wooden carved Christmas decorations and this Alpaca is right up our alley.  From Crate & Barrel and super affordable at $3.95!

Etsy wooden geometric

You can always find creative awesomness on Etsy with this Geometric wooden ornament–perfect for a Hipster Christmas.

Horchow telephone booth

Another nod to the UK with this raaathaaa (rather with a British accent) charming telephone booth ornament from Horchow.  It’s 40% off right now, so spit spot!

JA muse

A perfect gift for a couple at their first Christmas, this Mr & Mrs Muse ornament from Jonathan Adler.

JA Dreidel

Celebrate both Christmas AND Chanukah?  This dreidel ornament is perfect then from Jonathan Adler!

Jayson Home Silver linings

Always trying to find the silver lining to everything like me?  Here is a lovely sparkley silver cloud ornament from Jayson Home.

Terrain foxy fellows set

How cute is this band of foxes??  Foxes are everywhere this season, I’m just going to call it now.  Hopefully they push out the owl.   These cutie foxes are from Terrain–they have tons of other to die for ornaments (yeah, dramatic) so click on that link and check them out!

West Elm truck

In LOVE with this green truck carting home a Christmas Tree from West Elm.

Wisteria sand dollar

Love the beach?  Here’s a nod to Summer in the middle of Winter with a Sand Dollar and Starfish from Wisteria.

My husband and I are still collecting ornaments since this will be our 3rd Christmas as a married couple!  That’s the fun of it though is remembering where you got each ornament, who gave it to you, past Christmases…Which one is your favorite?

xoxo

Alicia B.