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


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?



Alicia B.